The Great Waters Research Collaborative (GWRC) is a project of the University of Wisconsin-Lake Superior Research Institute devoted to objective, third-party research to support sustainable industrial, commercial and public use of the nation’s Great Waters, particularly via green shipping. Its primary focus is on preventing new ballast water introductions of invasive species in the Great Lakes. The GWRC executes type approval tests of ballast water management systems for U.S. Coast Guard type approval. It also monitors ship-mediated transfers of organisms in the Great Lakes and researches risks from ship-mediated invasive species introduction and spread. GWRC’s work is coordinated with ongoing private sector, state, federal and international policy activity. The GWRC includes researchers with the Lake Superior Research Institute, University of Minnesota-Duluth Natural Resources Research Institute, and AMI Consulting Engineers.
A project of the UW-Superior Lake Superior Research Institute devoted to objective, third-party research to support ballast water management in the Great Lakes. LCA is an Advisory Committee member.