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The Great Lakes Cycle Speaker Series: The Lakes in the 21st Century

February 22, 2018, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

GRAM’s Cook Auditorium

Join us for a presentation by Jeff Alexander, an award-winning author and former environmental journalist who spent two decades covering Great Lakes issues. His 2009 book about invasive species, Pandora’s Locks: The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway, has been called the “definitive history of a Great Lakes tragedy.” Learn about the profound ecological changes that have unfolded in the lakes since 2000, including quagga mussels transforming lakes Michigan, Huron and Ontario; record-setting toxic algae blooms on Lake Erie; and rising water temperatures that have made Lake Superior one of the fastest warming lakes on the planet.

While tragedy is certainly part of the Great Lakes story, Jeff will also reflect on recent changes – ecological, political and social – that portend a bright future for North America’s freshwater seas.