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Posted on: July 21, 2022



The Massachusetts Department of Public Health collected water samples from the North Pond of Lake Cochituate on Monday, August 1st, at three locations. Microcystin toxin was not detected at any location. Cyanobacteria levels were below the MDPH guideline level of 70,000 cells/ml at each location, including Saxonville Beach. 

The closure was issued as a precaution pending lab results which have come back below unacceptable levels, and therefore the beach is reopened effective immediately.

For the closure notice that was made on Friday, July 29, see below. 



UPDATED | FRIDAY, JULY 29 @ 9:30am 
The waterfront at Saxonville Beach is CLOSED due to a MA Dept. of Public Health Advisory for Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae).  
Visual evidence provided by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) indicate the presence of a cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) bloom in the North Pond of Lake Cochituate.  As a precaution, MDPH is recommending that a public health advisory be issued for the North Pond and signage be posted at each access point to warn individuals against contact with the water.
This body of water is UNSAFE FOR PEOPLE AND PETS!  Do not swim.  Do not swallow the water.  Keep animals away.  Rinse off after contact with water.  
Additional information can be found at 
To learn more about Cyanobacteria, please visit
The waterfront at Saxonville Beach will remain closed until further notice.  The beach will be open for sunbathing while the waterfront is closed. 
Learned Beach & Waushakum Beach are not affected by this closure and remain open to the public.


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