Exploring the mystery and menace of toxic algae invading New York's waterways

SYRACUSE — 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.