An important primer on the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

Title: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan A review and recommendation by Helen Bryce Published by: W.W. Norton & Company, March 2017If you are passionate about maintaining the health, beauty and longevity of Georgian Bay and the Great Lakes for generations to come, this piece of scientific journalism is an essential read.Egan begins by tracing the catastrophic effects that the building of the St. Lawrence Seaway has had on the health of this huge fresh water system, detailing the damage that invasive species such as sea lampreys and alewives to Zebra and Quagga mussels have inflicted. And, the desperate introduction of Coho and Chinook Salmon to bring tourism and fishermen to its shores and the impending threat of the Asian carp continue this engaging narrative.Egan, a newspaper reporter (and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist), raises the specter of toxic algae blooms poisoning water supplies - increasingly likely with the impact of climate change on rising water temperatures - as well as the on-going debate about diverting water from the Great Lakes to areas of the south western United States!Egan’s accessible writing makes abundantly clear how vulnerable these enormous bodies of water are and how essential it is that we safeguard them and advocate for them politically.To quote Eva Holland who reviewed Egan’s book for the Globe and Mail, “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is an engaging, vitally important work of science journalism … Here's hoping, for the sake of the Great Lakes and everyone who depends on them, that Egan's new book inspires … tangible results.”How do we turn the tables on this ecological disaster? Egan offers some optimism to us, but take heed, Governments and Politicians. The heft of his hope depends on your integrity as responsible stewards of the Great Lakes. Helen Bryce's favourite reading spot in Pointe au Baril, Georgian Bay Highly recommended by Helen Bryce, GBF Board of Directors Helen Bryce is the chair of the GBF education committee. We are looking for book and author reccomendations and reviews. We can't promise that we will publish thm all, but they will be submitted to the education committee for consideration. GBF is looking for books that tell stories and or provide informtaion that will help to illuminate and engage our fellow Georgian Bayers on on protecting the water. Please contact us with the subject line Book Club Recco at

2019 Georgian Bay Cuts for Invasive Phragmites

2019 Georgian Bay Phragbusting Cuts. Join one of these communities (scroll for yours).   Don’t see your community? Email Brooke to create a community cut with your neighbours!Tay: Please register to volunteer and get more details from Brooke.FRIDAY JULY 6th- Dock Lane and Swan Lane, Port McNicoll, 9am WEDNESDAY JULY 24TH AND THURSDAY JULY 25TH- Twin Bridge Marina, Waubaushene, 9am TUESDAY JULY 30th- Old Cottage Lane where it crosses the Tay Trail, Waubaushene, 9am SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AUGUST 3RD AND 4TH- Private Park on Delta Drive, Waubaushene, 9am THURSDAY AUGUST 9TH- Georgian Landing, Victoria Harbour, 9am SATURDAY AUGUST 17th- Sturgeon Bay along Robin’s Point Road, Waubaushene…

Help volunteer in The Massasauga Park this 2018 Summer. In order to join the cut(s), please register at this email We need to be able to contact you in case there are changes to location or dates due to weather, and to advise you what to bring. Please note which day(s) you would like to attend and your email contact.Sat. July 28, 9 am to 1 pm, Sucker Creek Sun. July 29, 9 am to 1 pm, Swimming Snake Bay Sat. August 11, 9 am to 1 pm, Moon Island and Kinnear Island (Note these are huge islands, so see inside for specific locations).Click link for more info.We thank The Massasauga Park for their participation and support, and these other partners: Friends of the Massasauga Park and cottage associations: Sans Souci, South Channel, and Woods Bay.Funding and assistance for the Georgian Bay Forever project, Phragmites Eradication for the Health of our Water and Wetlands, was provided by the Government of Ontario, Patagonia Environmental Grants Fund of Tides Foundation, Canada Summer Jobs, The Schad Foundation, Tay Township, Township of Georgian Bay, Honey Harbour and Cognashene Cottagers Associations and our many individual donors. We send our sincerest thanks to all for their investment in this initiative.