The death and life of the Great Lakes / Dan Egan.
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- ISBN: 9780393246438
- ISBN: 0393246434
- Physical Description: xix, 364 pages : illustations, maps ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, c2017.
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- Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2016 November #1
Winner of the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism and twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist for reporting that contributed to this book, Egan limns the terrible ecological threat to the Great Lakes. With a six-city tour.. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.
- Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2016 December #1
Milwaukee Sentinel Journal's Egan, "beat reporter" on the Great Lakes since 2003, examines the ecological and economic havoc caused by invasive species and also considers problems such as fluctuating lake levels and future threats including water diversion schemes. He shows how big engineering, canal building in particular, opened the lakes to shipping but also swung open the "front" (e.g., the Saint Lawrence Seaway) and "back" (e.g., Chicago Canal system) doors to nonindigenous aquatic species. Some critters hitchhiked in the ballast tanks of ships; others were carried in by the currents or swam. Swamp draining and river dredging have played their own pernicious parts in "unstitching a delicate ecological web more than 10,000 years in the making." Egan offers some bold solutions to slow the damage (e.g., develop better ballast disinfection systems, close the Saint Lawrence Seaway to ocean freighters, shut the Chicago Canal) but admits that obstacles such as the shipping lobby and foot-dragging politicians are formidable. Egan skillfully mixes science, history, and reportage to craft a compelling story. If, as he asserts, "the biggest threat to the Great Lakes right now is our own ignorance," then this book stands as important, timely mitigation. VERDICT This outstanding addition to science collections will appeal to general readers.âRobert Eagan, Windsor P.L., Ont.. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.