Lake Superior Research Institute launches Great Waters Research Collaborative
The University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Lake Superior Research Institute (LSRI) announced the launch of its Great Waters Research Collaborative (GWRC), a major project devoted to assessing effectiveness of tools for sustainable industrial, commercial and public use of the nation’s Great Waters, especially green shipping. The project’s immediate focus is assessing effectiveness of ballast water management systems (BWMS) at preventing introductions of aquatic invasive species (AIS) by commercial cargo ships. Specifically, the GWRC conducts type approval tests of candidate BWMS for U.S. Coast Guard and International Maritime Organization certification review. The project is also developing and testing methods for determining changes in AIS introduction risk in the Great Lakes. All GWRC work is well coordinated with, and helps inform, current state, federal and international policy activity.
The GWRC comprises experienced researchers with diverse expertise from the LSRI, the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute, and AMI Consulting Engineers to deliver a comprehensive research capacity for maritime related environmental research services. The GWRC team brings more than 15 years of experience working together on ballast water research within the Great Ships Initiative, created by the Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI). The GWRC team is building on its experiences, now under the auspices of the LSRI.
“The LSRI is pleased to be part of GWRC, a truly collaborative project, which conducts research that can be applied to solve problems and improve health, quality of life, the environment for all citizens within the Great Lakes region and beyond,” said Dr. Matt TenEyck, Director of the LSRI. “This applied research approach directed at green shipping is consistent with LSRI’s mission, and a great fit.”