Highly recommended this month is a book that was written by Dan Egan: “ The Death and Life of the Great Lakes”, just published in 2017. This is a good companion reader and update on Jeff Alexander’s book, “Pandora’s Locks” which was published in 2009.
The author describes the ecological unraveling of 20% of the world’s fresh waters from the building of the earliest canals up to the present, including, mistakes by the EPA and the effects of Climate Change.
He also describes how the remedies for each malady or intrusion turned out to have consequences no one anticipated. Check out the latest on quagga and zebra mussels, the 3 varieties of Asian Carp, and the effects of toxic algae.
Both authors talk about the unplanned ecological experiments with the goal of growth at any cost. Ben Franklin in 1746 warned, “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.”
Looking for solutions from the natural world are critically important for the healing and health of the lakes. The authors offer a hopeful solution. Will we heed them?
A footnote: Dan Egan will be in Elk Rapids for Green Elk Rapids Days this coming summer.
Watch for the date and details.