- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Environmental officials in Boston are warning residents of a potentially harmful bacteria outbreak found in parts of the Charles River.

NECN reports (https://bit.ly/2c3cTcM ) the Charles River Watershed Association has announced that recent testing revealed the presence of cyanobacteria in the lower portion of the river.

Elisabeth Cianciola, an aquatic scientist with the Watershed Association, said Thursday that the outbreak was set up by heavy rains immediately followed by an intense period of drought.

The blue-green algae found in the river can irritate the ears, nose and throat. Animals that drink the water or swim in the river can also become sick.

Cianciola recommended that runners who jog along the Esplanade shower thoroughly afterward because the bacteria can become airborne.

The outbreak is expected to last another two to four weeks.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide