By Andrew Norman
Oct. 16, 2009
Covering the Great Lakes and its environment for two decades made Jeff Alexander the obvious environmental sleuth to write a comprehensive history and investigative exposÃ© of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway.
The award-winning reporter and author’s most recent book, Pandora’s Locks: The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway, does just that. With evocative detail and carefully crafted imagery, he details how an engineering marvel allowed a biological plague into the Great Lakes.
Alexander covered the environment in the Great Lakes region for 20 years for Michigan newspapers, most recently The Muskegon Chronicle. Now a media consultant for the National Wildlife Federation, Alexander sat down in the Great Lakes Echo chamber recently to answer on video five questions about what went wrong with the seaway, why we should care and what (if anything) there is to do about it.