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Great Lakes Article:

Sea Grant gets renewed support
By Kevin Naze
Green Bay Press Gazette
Published August 11, 2005



The UW-Sea Grant program was awarded nearly $2 million recently to support the second year of its federally approved 2004-06 program.

Coupled with almost $1.4 million in matching funds from the state of Wisconsin, the federal grant will support 26 Great Lakes-related research, outreach and education projects during 2005-06 involving more than 100 faculty, staff and students at seven University of Wisconsin System campuses, including UW-Green Bay and UW-Manitowoc.

Sea Grant is supporting research into the sources of bacterial and viral contamination causing Lake Michigan beach closings, understanding the impacts of invasive species like zebra mussels on Great Lakes ecosystems and finding innovative ways to use satellites to monitor Great Lakes water quality.

Continuing research projects include analyzing Great Lakes food webs, assisting Wisconsin coastal communities with Smart Growth planning and improving scuba diving safety. The grant will support the work of six outreach specialists who provide assistance in aquaculture, toxic contaminants and water quality issues, coastal engineering, marine safety and education and fisheries and aquatic invasive species.

For more information on the Sea Grant program, go online to www.seagrant.wisc.edu.

 


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