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The Death and Life of the Great Lakes
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes | Dan Egan
A master reporter s landmark work of contemporary ecology."
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craftysilicate
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This was a fascinating read. It occasionally moved me to outrage about fisheries management decisions; I got invested. It has the problem some nonfiction has where it repeats the same information in multiple places as if it's never been mentioned before, but that's a minor quibble.

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craftysilicate
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This really is a story of ever-escalating levels of fuckery.

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It's easy for me to read statements like this and say we should have learned from these mistakes, that if I had been in a position to make decisions about the Seaway (somehow) I would have made better choices, but of course there's no way of knowing if that's true. But I can still say that it seems profoundly foolish to me, here and now, seeing that people knew these specific invasive species were a huge problem and recreating the problem anyway.

craftysilicate I keep running out of space to word things the way I want to. Does this post make sense? Who knows! At least I know what I mean 7mo
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craftysilicate
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"Although Tanner and Tody publicly said they hoped commercial fishing could continue at some level and that they hoped lake trout would make a recovery, they made it clear this was not their priority [...] They wanted to turn [the lakes] into a 20th-century angler playground."

This book is fascinating but so frustrating to read at times. For scientists in fisheries management to intentionally choose to further damage the ecosystem...appalling.

craftysilicate [Disclaimer: this is not a picture of one of the Great Lakes, but of Lake Monona in Wisconsin.] 7mo
suzisteffen I started reading this one but had to return it to the library - a good reminder to pick it up again! 7mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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Fantastic book about what happens when capitalistic ambition messes with nature. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CouronneDhiver I agree! 14mo
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Suelizbeth
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This is an excellent book on a topic that will become increasingly important: clean, fresh water and a healthy system of lakes. As a native Michigander, this book left me feeling angry, sad, impotent, but cautiously hopeful. The Great Lakes are unique and valuable beyond all knowing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MinDea Sounds very interesting! I am also a former Michigander! @JamieArc have you read this? 1y
JamieArc @MinDea Not yet but it was a PBS Now Read This choice a couple months ago with a lot of good reviews so it‘s on my list. 1y
Suelizbeth @JamieArc Yes. That‘s where I learned of it. 1y
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jant.reads
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This will change your view of these lakes and your drinking water: sea lampreys, alewives, zebra and quagga mussels (yikes)

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👋😁 1y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹Are you near the Great Lakes? #MittenLitten ? 1y
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jant.reads Hello @Wife, I'm about 2 miles from Lake Michigan, in Illinois ⛵️ 1y
Wife I‘m near Detroit. I travel across state to St. Joseph MI a couple times each summer. There is a lovely beach there (Silver Beach on Lake Michigan). Also, a couple days ago went to Lake Huron for a beach day. I live very near Lake St. Clair, but the beach nearby is not safe due to pollution (mostly e. Coli 🤮). 1y
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 1y
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chowmeyow
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I packed all my books and I ran out of things to read before moving! So I had to go out and buy this one today. 🙃

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SaraBeagle
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I really enjoyed this one - readable, interesting, and full of information we should all be paying more attention to. It‘s right up there with The Sixth Extinction as a must read. Photo: Lake Michigan at sunset from several years ago.

CouronneDhiver Beautiful! 1y
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Howseldomtheydo
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I live near Lake Erie (pic) and Lake Ontario and am concerned about the health of the Great Lakes. When asked what individuals can do, on PBS NewsHour, Dan Egan said “I think what happened for a while is a generation or two turned their backs on the lakes, and the lakes suffered, as you would expect. So, I think the most significant thing you can do is to just raise the next generation with an appreciation for what we have. #TBR

CocoReads Yes! I live near Lake Michigan so I share your concern. I love the Great Lakes, but it‘s a delicate ecosystem that‘s been abused for sure. 1y
8little_paws I grew up about a mile away from lake Ontario and now I live about a mile from lake Michigan. Gotta read this book soon! 1y
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Cathythoughts I hear your concern & that picture is stunning 💙 1y
Howseldomtheydo @Cathythoughts Thanks I took it at an Instagram meet up that I almost skipped cause the skies looked iffy. But they made for some awesome sunset pics. 1y
CouronneDhiver I love the lakes! 💙 So pretty... we really need to do better 1y
Schnoebs Love this! I‘m actually going to school now for my masters to work on policy for water resource issues in the Great Lakes! 1y
Howseldomtheydo @Schnoebs 💕 Good luck and Thanks! 1y
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Suelizbeth
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Starting #deweys24hourreadathon with a wonderful piece of nonfiction. I‘m hoping to finish this one today. Happy reading everyone. #readathon

Mollyanna That looks interesting! 1y
Suelizbeth @Mollyanna It‘s extremely interesting and sobering. I live in in Michigan, near Lake Michigan, and it makes me sad. Well worth reading, though. And it‘s the PBS/NYT Facebook book club pick for April. 1y
Mollyanna I live in Milwaukee and grew up with vacations at Lake Superior. I am very concerned about the state of these lakes. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. 1y
CouronneDhiver It‘s a great read! 1y
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CouronneDhiver
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An interesting non-fiction pick! 🐟💧

Zelma I‘ve been eyeing this one. 2y
CouronneDhiver It‘s quite good on audio... but FULL of information. I‘d have to listen 3 or 4 times to retain it all. @Zelma 2y
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UrsulaMonarch
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I was really impressed by how readable, compelling, and thrilling this book was. Growing up around the Great Lakes, I was aware of part of the story of invasive species, but I'd had no idea about their history and scope. Additionally, this book covers through about 2016, so there was a lot of recent information. A great book!

mhillis Great review! I would like to read this📚 2y
LittlePixels I grew up in Michigan, and this sounds fascinating! 2y
UrsulaMonarch @mhillis hope you like it! Just FYI the first chapter was my least favorite, so if you don't like it, push on! ( or skip it!) 😄 2y
UrsulaMonarch @LittlePixels it's so fun to come across Lakes, towns, etc that you know and grew up with!! 2y
UrsulaMonarch @LittlePixels (I grew up in IL but MI is really the focus! 😁) 2y
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DrexEdit
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My colleagues went to the Heartland Fall Forum for booksellers last week. In addition to talking up the new books we have out this fall, they picked up a bunch of goodies for those of us back in the office. I picked these three. I'm most looking forward to The Driftless Reader as it is local essays and published by my friends across town at the UW-Madison Press. But the other two have been on my #TBR for awhile already! #publishingperks

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bio_chem06
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My favorite work buddy. We read together at lunch. It's an awesome silence.

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bio_chem06
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Porch sitting with a blanket. I love reading in this weather!

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Victoria_C
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Probably the best book I've read this year!

DrexEdit Stacked! I'd also recommend: 2y
Victoria_C Thanks! 2y
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parasolofdoom
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Can we just take a moment to appreciate that this fisherman is called Briney? Nevermind that we're talking freshwater here.

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parasolofdoom

About a quarter through -- absolutely had to pick this up, I grew up in a village right on the shore of Lake Erie and never really appreciated the magnitude of where I was.