This summer has been incredibly busy for AWRI. Research activities have actively engaged numerous student scholars on projects as diverse as well monitoring in Mecosta County to beach monitoring for bacteria in Muskegon County. This summer, AWRI employed a total of 16 students and interns in their research, outreach, and education activities. July also saw AWRI staff conclude their second monitoring trip to Muskegon Lake, as part of its long-term monitoring program in this system. These data will be used to identify the ecological status of Muskegon Lake, in an effort to get the lake delisted as an Area of Concern. In addition, the R.V. Jackson has been out visiting various ports of call around Lake Michigan, as part of its EPA-funded Making Lake Michigan Great Tour.
Activities within our home, the Lake Michigan Center, have been non-stop this summer. We continue to host a number of events, and provide logistical support for activities at Heritage Landing, our neighbor on the waterfront, including Summer Celebration and the Huntington Harborfest Tall Ships Challenge.