EASTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Dangerous algae has been detected in Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton.
The pond is a popular spot in town, but now, it's off limits.
Town officials want to make sure that no one, not even your pets, are making contact with this water.
Nashawannuck Pond is located right in the downtown area of Easthampton.
The Easthampton Health Department told Western Mass News that pictures sent to the state’s Department of Public Health found the presence of cyanobacteria cells, also being called blue-green algae.
For that reason, the town is now putting out a public advisory.
Signs are now being posted at each access point and everyone is being warned not to swim in this water, not to swallow, keep animals away, and to rinse off after contact with the water.
It’s worth mentioning that this is the same bacteria believed to be response for the death of dogs in other states.
In terms of what’s next, once the algae seems to clear, the state’s department of health will take two samples. The advisory will then clear once the samples come back within an acceptable range.