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Blecch: Stay out of the Charles River Basin - and don't let your dog in, either

The Charles River Watershed Association reports a bloom of blue-green algae - which is actually a type of bacteria - in the Charles River between the BU Bridge and the Museum of Science. The stuff can kill dogs and make people pretty sick.

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For people not clicking through to the Twitter thread: not all blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) is toxic. However, in this case they've tested it and that's what they found, so this is not just a general "beware it might be bad better safe than sorry" statement.

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The blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) sounds rather toxic! It's pretty scary. I wonder if all that excessive heat and humidity that we've been having could be a factor in the development of this toxic blue-green algae.

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Of the time Magoo swam in the blessed river of Sha ra hezal. Magoo got an ear infection. Magoo.

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right to ask this of you, but if you could see if it feels okay to you to utter "Magoo" with just a little lower frequency when you post, I would really appreciate it.

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This alert brought to you by the same people who are constantly telling us how clean and wonderful the Charles is. Except when it isn't.

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