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Unwitting Helpers: The Strange, True Story of How Silent Spring and the Clean Water Act Gave Rise to Asian Carp in America

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Andrew Reeves

The publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in 1962 kicked off a broad public discussion about the ways in which chemical pesticides were inadvertently killing birds, fish, and mammals—including humans. The book set in motion a movement that led, among other things, to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Water Act. But in unintended ways, these books, agencies, and laws became unwitting helpers in the introduction and prolific spread of Asian carp, an invasive aquatic species. Environmental journalist and author Andrew Reeves will discuss this issue in-depth with stories and material from his book Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis.

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