CT DEEP warns of algae bloom at Avery Pond in Preston

man scooping algae with a plastic cup

On Wednesday, August 16, 2023, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) notified the Uncas Health District of an algae bloom at Avery Pond.

Avery Pond is a natural water body located in the Town of Preston.

Avery Pond in Preston

Avery Pond is near the intersection of Route 2 and Route 164 in Preston

The pond has a state-owned boat launch located on the northern shore.

The state is recommending people be alert and avoid skin contact with water that:

  • Looks like spilled paint;
  • Has surface scums, mats, or films;
  • Is discolored or has colored streaks like green, blue, red, or brown;
  • Has green globs floating below the surface.

Families should keep children and pets away from the algae blooms and rinse off any exposed skin or animal fur with clean water.

For more information, please visit the Connecticut Department of Public Health webpage on Blue-Green Algae Blooms or the CT DEEP webpage.


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