The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute announced a $2.8 million 2018-20 omnibus grant to fund Great Lakes research, including three projects involving the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
“The world’s largest freshwater system surrounds Wisconsin to the north and east. The lakes fuel our economy and enhance our quality of life,” said Jennifer Hauxwell, Sea Grant’s director of research. “We are fortunate that some of the best freshwater researchers are located in Green Bay.”
The entire two-year grant will support a total of 19 projects that explore the freshwater seas. In addition to the UW-Green Bay-based work, scientists on the Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Stevens Point, Superior and Whitewater campuses of the University of Wisconsin System, as well as at Northland College, will be funded.
In projects other than those at UW-Green Bay, researchers will look at methods to prevent Great Lakes beach contamination, causes and possible ways to lessen the destruction of dangerous waves and high water levels, and more.
Nearly 100 researchers, staff and students will be engaged in this work, Hauxwell said.