Humans and their pets must stay out of Jamaica Pond while health officials investigate a possible bloom of toxic algae. That's the order that came down Monday from the city's Public Health Commission. Residents began noticing Monday that the boathouse was closed. The Health Commission urges residents to keep away from the water, even on the shore. The following activities are prohibited until further notice:
Any recreational activity in or on the water
Allowing dogs to swim in or drink Pond water
Possible effects of contact range from eye irritation to, in extreme cases, organ damage and even death, the Health Commission wrote in their advisory.