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Science: Bloom – The Toxic Threat to the Finger Lakes

The documentary Bloom: The Toxic Threat to the Finger Lakes explores the recent outbreaks of cyanobacteria, also known as toxic algae or harmful algal bloom, across the eleven Finger Lakes. This collection examines the causes, impacts and possible solutions for addressing harmful algal blooms. These blooms threaten drinking water, native wildlife, as well as a multi-billion-dollar tourism economy across Central New York. While research into this growing problem continues, Bloom goes beneath the waves to bring to the surface potential environmental culprits that are bringing disruption to those who call the Finger Lakes home.

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