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Sault St. Marie, MI

Lake Superior State University Center for Freshwater Research and Education

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Since 1977, Lake Superior State University’s Aquatic Research Lab (ARL) has been housed in a small, two-story section of the east end of Cloverland Electric’s hydro plant. Cloverland and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources have supported the lab, and students handle the day-to-day operations while receiving hands-on experience in freshwater research and fish culture. These LSSU graduates obtain jobs in fish and wildlife management, hatchery operations, ecology, and other biological sciences.

The ARL has outgrown its current space, and given our unique location at the nexus of three Great Lakes, are well positioned to play an important role in increasing scientific understanding and education of Great Lakes issues. Therefore, LSSU and the State of Michigan have decided to invest in a new Center for Freshwater Research and Education (CFRE) to increase capacity in freshwater education and science to ensure that the Great Lakes remain great.

The new CFRE building will be positioned along the St. Marys riverfront near Alford Park. The facility will provide space dedicated to public outreach, a K-12 discovery room, office space for researchers, and labs for conducting research on fish culture and management, emerging contaminants, and invasive species. In addition, LSSU is working with the City of Sault Ste. Marie to create an outdoor educational park surrounding the CFRE that will provide waterfront access to the community.