The Grand Rapids Public Library is proud to present Michigan Notable Book author Jeff Alexander on Earth Day, April 22nd. Alexander will talk about his book, Pandora’s Locks: The Opening of the Great Lakes – St Lawrence Seaway. The author will explain how the St. Lawrence Seaway and ocean freighters ruined the Great Lakes. Alexander believes that this environmental disaster caused more damage than the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The Seaway was built to link Great Lakes shipping ports to ports around the world. The intent was to increase international commerce in the region. The Seaway did achieve that, but there would be a high price to be paid. Alexander will explain how foreign species that ocean freighters carried into the lakes in ballast water tanks are wreaking havoc on the Great Lakes, how this disaster could have been prevented and why it wasn’t. This is a timely topic that you’ll want to learn about.
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