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The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
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it was amazing
bookshelves: current-events-politics, nature-science-sustainability

This wonderful and timely book is a great read about a timely subject. The writing is snappy and engaging, and can transform sometimes fairly technical discussions into a captivating study. What emerges clearly from this book is the critical importance of a much more sophisticated public conversation about the health of the Great Lakes at a time where there are proposal to reduce federal funding for crucial ecological restorations by as much as 97%.

The Great Lakes have already repeatedly suffered catastrophic environmental damage. Much of this damage can probably never truly be repaired. The Clean Water Act has critical limitations that limit its impact. At the same time, efforts to keep an anemic shipping industry afloat put the fragile green shoots of ecological health at continued risk. In particular, invasive species from ballast water will not be regulated until 2023 (if at all in light of new environmental policies and cuts) and the threat of Asian carp coming through the Chicago canal remains serious. Aside from these two gigantic problems, simply coping with current difficulties is a huge challenge. Simply controlling the lamprey infestation costs twice as much as the Trump administration is budgeting for Great Lakes restoration.

Understanding the ecology of the lake, harm that has already been done and the threats ahead are absolutely critical. This book is a major contribution to a informed citizenry around the Lakes, and hopefully, better policy. And not just that, it's an absorbing read. Highly recommended.
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March 7, 2017 – Started Reading
March 7, 2017 – Shelved
March 7, 2017 – Shelved as: current-events-politics
March 7, 2017 – Shelved as: nature-science-sustainability
March 13, 2017 –
page 190
March 13, 2017 – Finished Reading

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