Blue-Green Algae Found in Horn Pond

State department adds Woburn pond to list of cyanobacteria advisories.


was added to a list of cyanobacteria advisories by the state Department of Public Health Friday.

According to DPH, Horn Pond and several other bodies of water—including Wedge Pond in Winchester and Stevens Pond in North Andover—are listed as having signs of cyanobacteria, commonly referred to as blue-green algae.

Officials say that the algae can produce toxins that are harmful to both people and animals.

Animals are not allowed in the water at Horn Pond, according to the city's animal control officer. However, dogs are often allowed in the water by their owners. Health officials say that blue-algae can harm the pooches, according to studies by the World Health Organization.

Blue-green algae tends to form in August and September, according to the DPH.

Mary J. Sawyer August 13, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I would never let my pet in that water - its bad enough all of the poop left by the geese in the grass, can't imagine what's left in the water.
William August 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM
After a rain stom check out the side of the pond that has human waste floating atop it. It's the ground water that is used so the only harm in having a pet swim in the pond is that which is being done to the pets inner ear.
Matthew Doncel August 15, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I love dog owners that let their dogs lap that gross water up. Don't be lazy carry some bottle water for your best friend! If you don't drink it why should they?
Roth Gill August 16, 2012 at 09:54 PM
No argument that the pond is not the cleanest place....but I must defend the poor algae. Cyanobacteria is one of the most prolific of algae's on Earth. Not to mention, without them, we would not be here and there would be no dog's to complain about their owners to let them jump in the pond. Sure, it's good that people are notified of the "bloom", however, heavy rains and overflowing sewer is NOT the cause of the algae....it's just a fact of life on this planet. The sun is out....we get algae. This algae helps keep the atmosphere the way we like it...breathable, and also does so many other great things for the environment. If you want to complain about people not giving two dog craps about something, how about the Industri-Plex mess that most likely the city is going to be left with and hence us tax payers will end up paying for. Volatile chemicals from buried hides and the loss of tax money that is owed to the city should be our concerns....not our dog's taking a dip in crap water, let the local vet's worry about that.
Conrad castillo August 21, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Thanks to woburn patch for the update.Our pets depend on us to take care of their health. Yes there are many other contaminents that polute the water at hond pond, the city of woburn will take care of that. So we, who have animals should take heed when it comes to our precious pets that we love so dearly, they are our responsibility. Be kind to them. We all need to help each other regardless.


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