The Finger Lakes Land Trust has launched a new initiative to expand the organization’s current water protection efforts. Toxic algae outbreaks within each of the Finger Lakes have generated alarming headlines over the last few years, prompting the Land Trust to take immediate action.
Toxic algae, also referred to as harmful algal blooms, are actually cyanobacteria – naturally occurring organisms that thrive in relatively still, warm, waters rich in nutrients. When algae blooms form and cyanobacteria degrade, many release toxins including microcystins that can be harmful to aquatic and human life. At concentrated levels, these toxins pose a serious threat to the water quality in our lakes.