D. J. Angus to begin 25 years of service

Since 1986, the D. J. Angus research and education vessel has provided “on the water” experiences for almost 74,000 students and the general public. The vessel is docked on Harbor Island in Grand Haven and is operated by the Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) at Grand Valley State University.  

More than 12,000 Grand Valley students have been on the D. J. Angus, conducting hands-on water-quality sampling and analysis. AWRI scientists use the vessel for their research.

More than 40,000 students, grades 4-12, have participated in AWRI’s Water Resources Outreach Education Program on the D. J. Angus. Students from at least 27 counties in Michigan have been on the vessel and school districts, such as Grand Haven Public Schools, provide this experience for all of its middle school students.

AWRI maintains a second vessel, the W. G. Jackson, which is docked at Grand Valley’s Lake Michigan Center in Muskegon. Launched in 1996, the vessel has carried almost 59,000 people. AWRI uses the vessel for research, outreach to schools, and Grand Valley courses and events such as the annual Family Weekend.    

About the Annis Water Resources Institute:
The Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) is a multidisciplinary research organization committed to the study of freshwater resources. The mission of the institute is to integrate research, education, and outreach to enhance and preserve freshwater resources. More information is available online at www.gvsu.edu/wri.