• students on board our research vessel Neeskay doing great lakes water science and research

The Freshwater Future Is Here

Come aboard and join us as we shape a new freshwater future regionally and globally right here in Milwaukee.

Take a closer look at our new, state-of-the-art facility, research vessels, ROVs and drones. Learn how our genomics research is leading to advancements in the detection and tracking of pathogens and other improvements in ecosystem health. Discover how outstanding science leads to good water policy. Dive in and see how we earned a reputation for freshwater.


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Recent News and Research

  • Michael P. Montenero, Elizabeth K. Dilbone, James T. Waples. “Using medically-derived iodine-131 to track sewage effluent in the Laurentian Great Lakes.” Water Research, July 2017.

Great Lakes
Genomics Center

Borrowing cutting-edge tools from the medical industry, we’re mapping the genomes of entire freshwater ecosystems.

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Great Lakes

With innovative fish-farming technologies, we’re at the forefront of a new, viable aquaculture industry in urban areas.

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Center for
Water Policy

We’re developing socially equitable and economically sound policies that protect and restore freshwater resources.

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Fresh water sciences student scuba dives in Lake Michigan

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