What started as a visit for a story with a commercial fisherman on Washington Island became Dan Egan's fascination with how the Great Lakes changed during the time he settled out west then returned to Wisconsin. Egan is the author of the best selling book "The Death and Life of the Great Lakes". The book looks at all of the challenges the Great Lakes basin has weathered from pollution and the introduction of non-native aquatic life forms, like the alewife and sea lamprey, at the expense of native fish. More recent invaders include the Zebra Mussel and the Round Goby. During his research, Egan found that the Great Lakes have long shown the ability to adapt well to such invaders.
Egan's book is one of those selected for the Door County Library program Door County Reads 2019. Egan will be featured at an author talk on February 9th at Sturgeon Bay High School from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.