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A Collaborative Research Approach to Preserving Michigan’s Freshwater Resources

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Darrel Donahue and Alan Steinman presented March 20, 2019, at MSU’s Bioeconomy Institute in Holland Michigan.

Michigan State University and the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) of Grand Valley State University, recently formalized a partnership to collaborate on water-related issues and research. The AWRI, located on Muskegon Lake in Muskegon, Michigan, supports research, education, and outreach aimed at preserving freshwater resources. AWRI is led by Alan Steinman, the Allen and Helen Hunting director. Its research programs explore aquatic ecology, toxicology, ecosystem restoration, and other water quality projects. Additionally, the Information Services Center at the AWRI uses geographic information system data analysis to inform natural resources management decisions. MSU has researchers and outreach specialists in a variety of departments studying water, including but not limited to fisheries and wildlife, biosystems and agricultural engineering, criminal justice, entomology, and geography. MSU is home to the Institute of Water Research (IWR). Darrell Donahue, IWR director and chair of the MSU Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, is leading the MSU coalition working with AWRI.