The Great Lakes covers 94,000 square miles of surface area and accounts for twenty percent of the world’s fresh surface water. In many ways, their health is our health. Today in the studio, guest host Rebecca Kemble speaks with Dan Egan about his research on the Great Lakes. They cover invasive species and pollution, the Toledo water crisis of 2014, the Great Lakes Compact, and the future of the lakes, including the impacts of climate change and northern migration due to desertification of the American southwest.
Dan Egan is a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and a senior water policy fellow at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences. He is the author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes (W. W. Norton, 2017).