Exploring the mystery and menace of toxic algae invading the FLX

Although a precise cause of toxic algae menacing the region’s largest and most vital water bodies remains elusive, a wellspring of brainpower is working on the crisis.

With a share of a $58 million dollar state initiative on the line, about 150 stakeholders met with facilitators at a daylong conference Tuesday at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.

Their focus: the critical health of Owasco, Skaneateles and Cayuga lakes.

Scholars from Tennessee, Ohio, North Carolina, New York and Michigan, and officials from the New York State health and environmental agencies guided the conference. It was billed as a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) summit – one of four being held throughout the state.

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