The Death and Life of the Great Lakes
Dan Egan

Prize-winning author Egan’s book draws on more than a decade of reporting for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, covering the Great Lakes as his full-time beat since 2003. The Great Lakes are the world’s largest freshwater system. Only about 3 percent of the water in the world is freshwater--most locked up in polar ice caps or inaccessible because it is so far underground. About 20 percent--one out of every five gallons--can be found in the Great Lakes--Michigan, Ontario, Erie, Huron, and Superior. Egan tells the tale of the imperiled lakes and their endangered future. While the Clean Water Act lulled much of the public into thinking that the lakes were in recovery, they were instead being inoculated regularly with biologically contaminated water discharged from domestic and international ships (now home to 186 nonnative species which can invade dams, pipes and other infrastructure). (© Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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Review by Book News, Inc.