The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

by Dan Egan


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New York Times Bestseller

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Award

"Nimbly splices together history, science, reporting and personal experiences into a taut and cautiously hopeful narrative.… Egan’s book is bursting with life (and yes, death)." —Robert Moor, New York Times Book Review

The Great Lakes—Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superior—hold 20 percent of the world’s supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work, and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan’s compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393355550
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 30,389
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dan Egan is a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and a senior water policy fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences. He has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and he has won the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, John B. Oakes Award, AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award, and J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. A graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, he lives in Milwaukee with his wife and children.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part 1 The Front Door

Chapter 1 Carving a Fourth Seacoast: Dreams of a Seaway 3

Chapter 2 Three Fish: The Story of Lake Trout, Sea Lampreys and Alewives 36

Chapter 3 The World's Great Fishing Hole: The Introduction of Coho and Chinook Salmon 75

Chapter 4 Noxious Cargo: The Invasion of Zebra and Quagga Mussels 108

Part 2 The Back Door

Chapter 5 Continental Undivide: Asian Carp and Chicago's Backwards River 151

Chapter 6 Conquering a Continent: The Mussel Infestation of the West 187

Chapter 7 North America's "Dead" Sea: Toxic Algae and the Threat to Toledo's Water Supply 212

Part 3 The Future

Chapter 8 Plugging the Drain: The Never-Ending Threat to Siphon away Great Lakes Water 247

Chapter 9 A Shaky Balancing Act: Climate Change and the Fall and Rise of the Lakes 277

Chapter 10 A Great Lake Revival: Charting a Course Toward Integrity. Stability and Balance 300

Acknowledgments 323

Notes 325

Selected Bibliography 345

Illustration Credits 349

Index 351

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