DULUTH (AP) -- A $6 million federal grant will allow scientists at the Natural Resources Research Institute to develop standards for monitoring water quality along the shores of the Great Lakes.
The institute, part of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, will create a comprehensive inventory of at least 80 existing biological and chemical indicators that may be found in the lakes' coastal waters, said Steven Bradbury, director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Mid-Continent Ecology Division, in Duluth.
The EPA grant, announced Wednesday, is the largest single research grant ever awarded to the university and the largest ecological grant ever awarded by the EPA's Science to Achieve Results research program.
Seven scientists at the research institute will lead a team of 27 experts from around the Great Lakes as they search for the best ways to monitor coastal water quality.
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