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FRAMINGHAM – All three of Framingham’s public beaches will be closed this weekend, said City of Framingham Recreation Supervisor Elaine Prue Friday night, August 6.

Earlier this week – on August 4 – cyanobacteria, a toxic blue-green algae was found at Lake Waushakum. This forced the closure of the beach.

Lake Cochituate has been closed due to the same toxic algae since mid-July.

The health advisory is to warn individuals against contact with the water as it is unsafe for people and pets. No swimming is allowed.

Learned Pond Beach is closed due to high e coli bacteria.

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Lake Waushakum had been closed since the start of the season on June 17 due to high e coli bacteria. The beach has never opened for swimming this entire 2021 season.

SOLitude visited Lake Waushakum on Friday to treat weeds at the lake, shared between Framingham and Ashland.

Additional tests for the toxic blue-green algae were scheduled to be done on Friday as well, said Prue.

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Parks & Recreation will conduct more testing at all three city of Framingham beaches on Monday.

Until the results come back, the beaches are closed. The results could also extend the closure.


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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.