Dan Egan Makes Appearance on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”

Dan Egan, author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Water Policy Analyst at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, made an appearance on the popular late night show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He has been reporting on the Great Lakes since 2003 and has been a finalist (twice) for the Pulitzer Prize.

In this humorous clip, Egan sits down with Daily Show correspondent Michael Kosta for an…interesting…look at what should be done to incite more care and interest with the health and restoration of the Great Lakes. The back and forth between Kosta and Egan highlight the struggle to explain the importance of these lakes, what is happening to them, and why we need to pay more attention to their health. So have a laugh while watching the cringe worthy interview but also don’t forget to take note of the important points Egan brings up.

Check out Egan’s Daily Show interview here>>

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The Great Lakes make up 84% of North America’s surface fresh water and about 21% of the world’s supply of surface fresh water.

The Great Lakes water system is the largest inland shipping system in the world.

The only Great Lake entirely within the U.S. is Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan’s shores hold the largest fresh water sand dunes in the world.

The Great Lakes were formed due to glacial movements that caused depressions in the earth that eventually filled with water.

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are considered one lake hydrologically since they are connected by the Straits of Mackinac.

Although it falls under the category of what we define as a lake, Lake Superior acts more like an inland sea.

There are 9,000-year-old animal-herding structures below Lake Huron.

The Lake Huron shoreline extends 3,827 miles and encompasses 30,000 islands. It is the longest shoreline of the Great Lakes.

The water in Lake Erie is recycled every 2.6 years, the shortest of any Great Lake.


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