Dan Egan, author of “The Life and Death of the Great Lakes” will talk about invasive species July 7 at the annual meeting of the Fund for Lake George July 7. The press release follows. Our interview with Egan earlier this year.
|LAKE GEORGE, NY—The FUND for Lake George is honored to announce prize-winning reporter and The Death and Life of the Great Lakes author Dan Egan will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at the Sagamore Resort Conference Center.
In a shocking account of how invasive species have devastated the largest freshwater ecosystem on earth, Egan’s The Death and Life of the Great Lakes shows what the future could hold for Adirondack waterways if invasive species are not stopped. At The FUND’s 2018 Annual Meeting, Egan will address the need to keep the Adirondacks from suffering a similarly catastrophic fate. Only hours from the Adirondacks, the Great Lakes are among the main sources of invasive species directly threatening the region.
“The FUND is thrilled to bring Dan Egan to Lake George this July to tell a story that all of us need to hear. Invasive species are arguably the single greatest threat to our most precious natural and economic asset, our waterways,” said Jeff Killeen, Board Chairman of The FUND for Lake George.
“We simply cannot let the story of the Great Lakes become our story. The actions now being taken here at Lake George and throughout the Adirondacks demonstrate growing resolve to do everything it takes to keep invasives out,” added Eric Siy, Executive Director of The FUND for Lake George.
No place in the state or nation is more vulnerable to aquatic invasive species (AIS) than the pristine waters of the Adirondacks. New York already has the highest number of non-native forest pests in the country and is adjacent to the continent’s main gateway for the introduction and spread of aquatic invasives—the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.
Our region has been largely spared to date thanks to elevation and water chemistry. Waters flow off the Adirondack dome and out of the region. From this high ground, the Adirondack Park exists as an island in a sea of invasive species. But that sea is rising, fast.
“The biggest threat to fresh water right now is our own ignorance,” said Dan Egan. “If we can close the doors to invasive species, our nearest water-rich neighbor, the Adirondacks can be spared. In doing so, we can also stop the nationwide spread of invasive species that largely starts in New York.”
In an age when dire problems like the Flint water crisis and the California drought bring ever more attention to the indispensability of safe, clean, easily available freshwater, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Egan will deliver an urgent and powerful call to action.
To register for The FUND for Lake George Annual Meeting, please visit fundforlakegeorge.org/2018-annual-meeting-registration.
ABOUT THE FUND FOR LAKE GEORGE 2018 ANNUAL MEETING
The 2018 Annual Meeting is free to attend, but space will be limited.
Visit fundforlakegeorge.org/2018AnnualMeeting for additional information and to register.
ABOUT DAN EGAN
Dan Egan is a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and he has won the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, the John B. Oakes Award, the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award, and the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. A graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, he lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with his wife and children.
ABOUT THE FUND FOR LAKE GEORGE
The FUND for Lake George is a privately funded not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection of Lake George. Formed in 1980, The FUND applies a science-based approach to protection focused on Lake George water quality and the overall health of the Lake George watershed. The FUND pursues this mission through support of long-term scientific research, direct advocacy, strategic partnerships and investments with diverse public and private interests. The FUND sponsors the Lake George Waterkeeper among other programs on Lake George. For more on the FUND’s work, visit fundforlakegeorge.org.