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This guide was developed for use by UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students to assist in their pursuit of water research. Water is a cross-disciplinary topic so many types of resources are provided in the fields and departments of Agriculture, Biochemistry, Ecology, Food Science, Education, Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Environmental Science and more.


This Water Research Guide was developed with the help of Jennifer Champoux, Amy De Simone and Peter Rudrud.

Aquatic Sciences News

What's Eating Freshwater Ports?

Research Leads to Answer and to National Award

By Moira Harrington

It’s a mystery to set a coastal engineer’s heart aflame. Why are the steel piers, cofferdams, pilings and walls that form the bones of the largest port on the Great Lakes—the Duluth-Superior Port—corroding at an accelerated rate? The plot thickens when you consider that the corrosion levels were significantly higher than typically seen in fresh water and that other Great Lakes ports had not yet seen evidence of this in their own structures.

In fact, this mystery has set Gene Clark’s ticker racing as he teamed with colleagues to get to the bottom of this premature, extensive and costly infrastructure failure mechanism. Pits and holes, some as large as a softball, dot the harbor structures. The first assessments identified 13 miles of corroded steel sheet piling and structures requiring replacement, estimated at $1,500 per lineal foot or $120 million in all.

The Duluth-Superior Port annually moves more tonnage than any other Great Lakes port. The projected value is $12.6 billion, supplying 73,719 jobs and representing $3.2 billion in personal income (figures from a 2011 study by Martin Associates). Something had to be done!

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photo: Corroding harbor structures at the Duluth-Superior Port posed an expensive mystery. Wisconsin Sea Grant's coastal engineer, Gene Clark, working with Minnesota Sea Grant and other partners, discovered both the cause and the solution.

Aquatic Invaders Backpack

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The Aquatic Invaders Attack Pack is a rucksack filled with materials to help teach students and other groups about Great Lakes aquatic invasive species (AIS), the problems they cause and what can be done about them. Each pack includes preserved specimens of some of the most problematic AIS in the Great Lakes, rugged plastic fact sheets, a classroom guide and a USB flash drive containing 10 lesson plans created by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. The packs are designed to complement the Nab the Aquatic Invaders! website hosted by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant. 

Wisconsin residents can borrow an Attack Pack for free from Wisconsin's Water Library. The Pack will be delivered to your local library via the Library Delivery Network of Wisconsin.

The Attack Packs were created by the UW Sea Grant Institute as part of a Great Lakes Sea Grant Network grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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