The Institute for Great Lakes Research at Central Michigan University has been sampling wetlands and watersheds throughout the basin since 2010.
Don Uzarski is the Director of the Institute.
He said that work will continue.
“Specifically relating environmental issues on the Great Lakes to economics, and that becomes something very important for us as scientists to be able to communicate to the general public.”
Uzarski other initiatives will help relate the economy to the environment.
“When we start talking about water level fluctuation due to climate change or other reasons or control structures, from an environmental perspective, it’s difficult to say we’re going to lose this many coastal wetlands if this happens, or we have already lost 50 percent, what does that mean from a dollars and sense perspective.”
Uzarski said CMU was awarded a 10-million dollar grant just last year to continue their work. That will support research for another five years.