NRRI taking part in $3 million study on impacts of human activity in Great Lakes Basin

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NRRI taking part in $3 million study on impacts of human activity in Great Lakes Basin

September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 12:03 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth will take part in a $2.9 million research effort for Great Lakes restoration projects funded by the University of Michigan Water Center.

The two-year grants, which range in size from $155,358 to $458,290, were awarded to multidisciplinary teams led by researchers at universities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and New York.

The projects will support efforts to restore native fish migrations across the Great Lakes Basin, assess the effectiveness of wetlands restoration projects in the Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River watershed, and map Great Lakes environmental stressors as well as other lake specific projects.

NRRI Interim Director Lucinda Johnson received $458,290 to lead research on “a comprehensive stressor-response model to inform ecosystem restorations across the Great Lakes Basin.”

The project will combine data from two recent studies that characterized the impacts of human activities across the Great Lakes Basin: the Great Lakes Environmental Assessment and Mapping Project (GLEAM) and the Great Lakes Environmental Indicators (GLEI) project.

In selecting the eight grants, special emphasis was given to proposals that integrated one or more focus areas of the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — cleaning up toxics, combating invasive species, restoring habitat and ridding nearshore waters of polluted runoff — or that evaluated the potential effects of climate change on Great Lakes restoration efforts.

In all cases, the funding will be used to support existing restoration and protection efforts in the Great Lakes, not to establish new projects.

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