We live on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan which connects to 20% of the world's fresh water supply. We enjoy the views, play on the beaches and sail on its waters, but how much do we know about the history, ecology and present/future state of the health of the Great Lakes? What impact did the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway have on the health of the lakes? What were the changes brought about by the building of the Illinois/Michigan Canal that connects Lake Michigan to the Mississippi? In our text, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, (W.W. Norton and Company, 2017), Dan Egan, a two-time Pulitzer finalist, splices together history, science, reporting and personal experiences into a taut and cautiously hopeful narrative. Please join us as we learn about the history and discuss what can be done in the future to preserve and protect this precious natural resource.