Lake Champlain in Crisis

Adirondack Explorer/Times Union

A few billion years ago, cyanobacteria were creators. The colorful bacteria produced much of the planet’s early oxygen.

Now, they are increasingly known as something else: destroyers.

In lakes around the world and close to home, the tiny floating cells threaten public health and property values. That’s because toxic outbreaks or “blooms” of cyanobacteria, often mistaken for and even called algae, are getting worse.


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