By Jim DeFede

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — When toxic blue-green algae shut down beaches and businesses on the Treasure Coast in 2016, it prompted a political and economic crisis throughout the state. Beaches were closed and businesses lost millions of dollars.

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CBS4 News Investigator Jim DeFede spent a year tracking the causes of the algae bloom and how the ensuing debate pitted hard-pressed communities against one another. He wanted to know who was responsible and why our drinking water is still at risk.

These are the topics, plus more, of a special one-hour, commercial-free documentary airing Saturday night on CBS4 at 7pm.

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Watch a preview in the video above and check out a Facebook Live with Jim and CBS4 Anchor Lauren Pastrana discussing the special and the information he unearthed while trying to dig up the truth about “The Everglades: Where Politics, Race and Money Collide.”.

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