Many Viewpoints, One Problem: Managing Water Resources Responsibly

Why is a Michigan Technological University professor working to develop a model for water resources management in South Florida, 1,500 miles and several ecosystems removed from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan? “Water is an extremely valuable resource everywhere,” David Watkins explains. “We’re facing similar challenges around the Great Lakes: the effects of climate change, extreme water levels, pollution from agricultural run-off,” says the Michigan Tech professor of civil and environmental engineering, who specializes in water resources engineering. “And, like Florida, we have many stakeholders with sometimes competing interests in managing and protecting this vital resource.”

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SURFing for the Summer

Hiking to waterfalls, enjoying the beaches of Lake Superior, getting ahead of schedule with summer classes—all things that a summer at Michigan Technological University has to offer. As it turns out, developing a new autonomous underwater glider is also on the list. Through a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) and the guidance of his mentor, Nina Mahmoudian, assistant professor of mechanical engineering–engineering mechanics, third-year mechanical engineering student Brian Page is working to develop two autonomous underwater gliders.

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Senator Stabenow Tours GLRC

US Senator Debbie Stabenow toured the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) at Michigan Tech on August 13. She urged Congress to fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative supports some of the work at the GLRC, addressing serious challenges facing the Great Lakes, such as cleaning up toxic pollution, combating invasive species and restoring wildlife habitats. Continue reading

2013 Ride the Waves with GM

Copper Country school students in grades 4-12 are being invited to participate in guided explorations of Lake Superior and its tributaries this summer, on Michigan Tech’s research vessel Agassiz. The program, called “Ride the Waves with GM,” is sponsored by General Motors and Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center.

Four explorations are scheduled, and each will be offered three or four times. They include:

  • Aquatic food web and GLRC laboratory investigation, grades 4-6.
  • Mine waste remediation tour and Torch Lake restoration, grades 7-8
  • Investigation with remotely operated vehicle (ROV), grades 9-10.
  • Lake Superior’s Ring of Fire, grades 11-12.

All Ride the Waves programs are free, but advance registration is required.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Joan Chadde, jchadde@mtu.edu, 7-3341.

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