Partnering with local communities to help prevent flooding
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UWindsor researchers are helping the Town of LaSalle deal with flooding by installing high-tech equipment along the Detroit River shoreline to monitor water levels and wave action.

Solar-powered sensors were installed Wednesday near UWindsor’s Freshwater Restoration Ecology Centre adjacent to Gil Maure Park. Purchased with federal funding from the $17 million dollar investment in the Real-Time Aquatic Ecosystem Observation Network (RAEON) led by the University of Windsor, with additional emergency research funding through the Co-operative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) at the University of Michigan and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the sensors collect data on what’s going on in the river, sending updates every five minutes.

LaSalle Mayor Marc Bondy said the new monitoring system is an example of the mutually beneficial relationship his town has with the University of Windsor. The town donated the land where Pitcher’s research centre is located.

“Dr. Pitcher and the relationship with the University is a great asset to us,” he said. “We’re thankful for this monitoring equipment.”

To learn more, visit the University of Windsor.

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