Water quality of the Chowan River – Albemarle Sound Estuary in coastal North Carolina is threatened by the recent expansion of harmful cyanobacterial blooms therein, which are characterized by their production of toxins. Summer 2019, the concentration of microcystin in the Chowan, a potent liver toxin, was reported as high as sixty times the recommended recreational use limits established by the EPA.

Understanding the root of these blooms and exploring their potential impact to human, animal, and environmental health are of utmost importance in this region. In Full Bloom follows the work conducted by several researchers and community scientists during the summer of 2020, who aim to better understand the effects of the blooms on water and air quality on the Chowan River.

Learn more about each of the research projects explored in this documentary by following the links above.

Want to learn more about the causes, consequences, and controls of blue-green algae blooms? Check out our informational animation!