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Pandora's Locks: The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway

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The St. Lawrence Seaway was considered one of the world's greatest engineering achievements when it opened in 1959. The $1 billion project-a series of locks, canals, and dams that tamed the ferocious St. Lawrence River-opened the Great Lakes to the global shipping industry.
Linking ports on lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario to shipping hubs on the world's
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Hardcover, 431 pages
Published May 7th 2009 by Michigan State University Press
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Mark Fontecchio
This is a great book on the history and problems of invasive species entering the Great Lakes. It starts with the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Erie Canal and continues all the way to modern-day issues. It thoroughly explains its effects on native lake fish species, the sport fishing industry, and even the function of lakeshore nuclear power plants.

It is pretty long and detailed, so it might not be worth reading unless you're already interested in the subject or are willing to dive
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Kirsten
Apr 17, 2011 Kirsten rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Great Lakes residents, government officials, politicians
This book is an excellent overview of the shipping industry on the Great Lakes after the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959. It talks about the failure of the U.S. and Canadian governments to regulate the shipping industry, particularly ballast water dumping in the Great Lakes. It also tracks the damage that invasive species have done to the lake since the Erie and Welland Canals were opened before the St. Lawrence Seaway was built.

This book is a very important wake up call about the fa
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Elle
Seems like great information regarding the decline of the Great Lakes due to, basically, politics. There were a few errors on topics that I'm familiar with, making me wary of trusting the info on fisheries and shipping that are new for me. Has anyone seen a red-headed grebe? How about 10 species of mudpuppy in the Great Lakes? Perhaps he meant red-necked grebe, but there is only one mudpuppy species in the GL, Common Mudpuppy. If the author didn't take time to double check these facts, how can I ...more
Kate
Read my interview with the author here:

http://rustwire.com/2010/11/10/offici...
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