Helping restore the great lakes
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Students at the University of Windsor can now measure the stress levels of a pickerel swimming against a strong current, the turbidity of hazy tributaries feeding into the Great Lakes, and the behaviour of the invasive sea lamprey without wading into remote and distant waters. The Freshwater Restoration Ecology Centre in LaSalle, Ont., is the only research facility of its kind in the Great Lakes Basin and provides students with state-of-the-art technology to study the restoration of damaged ecosystems, invasive species biology and water quality. Professor Trevor Pitcher, director of the facility, said the centre was launched to meet the need for consolidated expertise around restoration ecology of the Great Lakes. Anchored on the shores of the Detroit River, the centre was born out of a partnership between the University of Windsor and the Town of LaSalle. Along with providing a hub for environmental research, the centre also serves as an educational facility for the community.

“This centre will allow students and faculty to conduct cutting-edge research on questions about how we restore the environment back to the state it was prior to contamination and prior to industrial use in the area.”
Professor Trevor Pitcher, Director of the University of Windsor Freshwater Restoration Ecology Centre
The Freshwater Restoration Ecology Centre

The Freshwater Restoration Ecology Centre in LaSalle is the only research facility of its kind in the Great Lakes Basin and provides students with state-of-the-art technology to study the restoration of damaged ecosystems, invasive species biology and water quality.

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