VIDEO: Five questions for author and invasive species gumshoe Jeff Alexander

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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 exposé 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.

1. What’s the worst invasive species in the Great Lakes?


2. How has ballast contributed to this ecological nightmare?


3. How can regulation prevent more invasive species?


4. What don’t we know?


5. Why should we care?


Bonus: Alexander reads from Pandora’s Locks


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