Levels of harmful algae found in Lake Papaianni Park

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PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
Lake Papaianni at Papaianni Park in Edison is dedicated to Officer Frank J. Papaianni Jr., who was killed in the line of duty in 1971 while protecting residents of Edison.

 

EDISON – Officials are warning the public not to drink or have contact with water at Lake Papaianni Park on Municipal Boulevard due to levels of harmful algae found in the lake.

Red warning signs have been posted at access points to Lake Papaianni until such time as the algae levels no longer exceed the recommended levels, officials said in an advisory notice posted on the township website.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Bureau of Freshwater and Biological Monitoring tested samples of algae found in the lake this week and the analysis has revealed levels of harmful algae at or above the New Jersey Health Department Advisory Guidance standards.

Residents are advised not to drink or have contact with the water including, but not limited to, swimming, wading and water sports. Fish caught in the waterbody should not be eaten. Pets and livestock should not contact or drink the water, the notice states.

For more information, visit www.state.nj.us/dep/wms//bfbm/advlanguage.html.