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 LakesErie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superiorhold 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.
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
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
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More than 1 year ago
I learned so much about the long history of manmade problems in the Great Lakes and natures uncanny ability to overcome.
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More than 1 year ago
Excellent reporting. Anyone who cares about the Great Lakes, about ecology and the environment, or about the problem of invasive species needs to read this. It's also a classic page-turner, as compelling a read as any mystery or thriller. I've been trying hard to read it slowly, to make it last longer.
7 days ago
Great book on the Great Lakes history of exotic species that are continually changing the biodiversity of the system.
I appreciate the detailed research and history, but the pessimism could have been better blanced with the joy and optimism that future usa and canada leaders could mold to make for better water quality. And boating and fishing interests.
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