Film that explores link between blue green algae and disease to be screened

CHARLOTTE — The Lewis Creek Association on Thursday, Jan. 31 will host a free screening of the film “Toxic Puzzle: Hunt for the Hidden Killer,” a documentary about scientist Dr. Paul Cox’s team investigating linkages between toxins produced by blue-green algae and the  neurodegenerative diseases ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
After the screening at the Charlotte Senior Center there will be a discussion with UVM scientists Jon Erickson, Ph.D., and Dr. Rachelle Gould highlighting their research on blue-green algae found in Vermont lakes.
The Lewis Creek Association, or LCA, is a non-profit conservation organization that  does sustainability and conservation work in towns of the middle Lake Champlain Valley. LCA works primarily within the watershed boundaries of the LaPlatte River, Thorp Brook, Kimball Brook, Holmes Brook, McCabe’s Brook, and Lewis Creek to service the watershed towns of Shelburne, Charlotte, Ferrisburgh, Hinesburg, Monkton, and Starksboro. 
LCA has been involved with water quality sampling for many years, providing data to the state that can inform research on the links between nutrient loading in our rivers and streams and blue-green algal blooms in our lakes.  The public is invited to learn more about this ongoing research.
The screening is free and refreshments will be served. Join LCS on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 6:30-9 p.m., at the Charlotte Senior Center, Charlotte, VT. The film will begin at 6:45 p.m. and lasts 82 minutes. Discussion will follow.  For more information visit lewiscreek.org or contact [email protected] or 802-355-0015.

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