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FRAMINGHAM – The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) issued a health warning about cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) cells in Lake Waushakum.

Cyanobacteria was discovered at Lake Waushakum in the last 24 hours.

The southwest Framingham Lake, which is also in the Town of Ashland, had an alert this summer, but then it re-opened weeks later.

But Lake Cochituate has been closed due to the 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.

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When the algae is present, the water is

  • Unsafe for People and Pets
  • Do not swim.
  • Do not swallow water
  • Rinse off after contact with water.

Additional info on algae can be found at:


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Click here for information on toxic algae from the US EPA

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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.