- Current Projects
- Historical Projects
Ballast Water Treatment (2005 - present)
A study examining the effects of ballast treatment technologies to minimize the potential introduction of exotic species such as zebra mussels, ruffe, and goby by commercial ships. LSRI has obtained a docking facility, an anchored barge, and is currently constructing a pumping facility for the ballast water treatment project. This will allow for the replication of ballast water intake, treatment, and release procedures as actually done in an industrial setting. The purpose is to determine what ballast water treatment techniques work best to eradicate exotic species, while providing a realistic economical, timely, and environmental solution.
BioFuels (2006 - present)
UWS scientists are working together with other contractors seeking ways to turn plants from northern regions into an affordable, high-quality fuel for jets. For more information visit the following web site: BioFuels
Chemical monitoring of fish tissue, wild rice, and mussels (1990s - present)
Effects of pollutants on aquatic macroinvertebrates (1990s - present)
This study has included leaching landfills in two different cities in Wisconsin, deicing compounds used at Milwaukee's airport, pollutants located at U.S. EPA Superfund sites, and numerous other sites contaminated with various pollutants. An ongoing study involves the continual monitoring of the recovery of a stream in Superior and bay within Lake Superior that have been impacted by industrial pollutants for many years until each was recently reclamated by the State.
Environmental education and stewardship (1990s - present)
Encompassed in this project are the Watershed Stewardship and the Northern Wisconsin Watershed Education Resource Center projects. These efforts are reaching in excess of 1400 primary and secondary grade students. As part of the Stewardship project, the Kimmes-Tobin wetland area, which encompasses approximately 140 acres, has been set aside for wetland education activities. Local students sample and identify aquatic insects, learn about aquatic plants, and measure water chemistry parameters. Students are exposed to a variety of wildlife species. A scope and sequence of wetland thematic units were developed for K-12 students. A list of available wetland education resources, including internet sites, was compiled for local educators to use in the classrooms.
Field surveys of rare and endangered aquatic macroinvertebrates (1990s - present)
Surveys of rare and endangered aquatic macroinvertebrates on state-owned land in Wisconsin. Tracts have included state forests such as the Northern Highland/American Legion, Brule River, Black River, Flambeau River, and Peshtigo River. Other state areas included the Wolf River Watershed, Meadow Valley Central Lowlands, the Lake Superior Watershed, and the Door County Peninsula.