There’s an urgency to “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Great Lakes reporter Dan Egan that reminds us there is still time to protect the fresh lakes and streams in the Adirondark Park. The book chronicles years of pollution, invasive species, and efforts to repair damage that in some cases changed the makeup of the five Great Lakes. And while the Great Lakes face different sets of challenges, you will recognize many of the issues – and some of the invasive species – because we’ve talked about them here. Click on the following paragraph to access the full story.
Ever since the St. Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959, we’ve gotten, I think now it’s over 60 non-native species and once these things get a foothold in the lakes—the Great Lakes I’m talking about—it’s really hard to eradicate them and it’s hard to keep them from spreading, so we have a key pitch point on the continent and it’s called the St. Lambert Lock and it’s on the St. Lawrence Seaway and it’s 80 feet wide and when we open that door to ocean going ships and whatever may be lurking in their ballast tanks we’re exposing the whole continent to this potential biological mischief, so it’s important that we do everything we can to stop those invasions at that door and I’m not talking about stopping the ships necessarily, I’m talking about demanding that the ships carry with them ballast treatment systems that will adequately protect the continent from the next invasion.