International Researchers Meet at First Freshwater Ballast Treatment Testing Facility

By KBJR News 1

September 20, 2012 Updated Sep 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM CDT

SUPERIOR, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - Researchers and maritime industry leaders met at the world's first freshwater ballast water treatment testing facility today to discuss research.

The research at the facility is gaining traction worldwide to help stop the spread of invasive species through ships' ballast water.

Ballast water is pumped into and out of the ships to balance them out when carrying cargo.

The Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner-Solon talked about the importance of the protecting our natural resources.

"Nothing is more important this, than making sure that the Great Lakes stay open to world commerce."

"This is not an easy thing to have a treatment system that won't itself hurt the lakes, but will protect the lakes from living things brought from afar virtually anywhere in the world," said Allegra Cangelosi, the Pres. of the NE Midwest Institute.

During the conference, several international researchers spent time sharing study results and discussing advances in ballast water treatment, type-testing and shipboard monitoring.

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