Great Lakes Research in the Northland Receives Funding

By KBJR News 1

Great Lakes Research in the Northland Receives Funding

February 27, 2014 Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 12:45 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- UW–Superior and Northland College are receiving some extra support for Great Lakes research projects. The Wisconsin Sea Grant has received $2 million in an omnibus grant from the National Sea Grant College Program.

Professor Nicholas Danz of UW–Superior will research the wetlands of the St. Louis River Estuary to discover better ways to manage the ecosystem. Randy Lehr of Northland College will study the effect of climate change on the Chequamegon Bay.

The entire grant will support 19 projects on the Great Lakes. Other colleges receiving grant funds are the University of Wisconsin, St. Norbert College, and Marquette University, as well as many other campuses. The Wisconsin Historical Society is also receiving money to explore the shipwrecks of Wisconsin.

"A 2011 study found that 1.5 million jobs are tied to the lakes, with $62 billion in annual wages. Sea Grant's research, education and outreach is money well spent," Sea Grant Director, Jim Hurley, said.

In other projects, the health of the waterways, methods to prevent Great Lakes beach contamination, the impact of aquatic invasive species on food webs and more will be researched.

Ramona Marozas