Grand Valley formally dedicates new Robert B. Annis Field Station
Caroline MacGregor August 14, 2013 | WGVU
dedication ceremony included tours of the Annis Field Station, the research
vessel, the W.G. Jackson and the Lake Michigan Center. Grand Valley president
Thomas Haas, and Robert B. Annis Educational Foundation trustee Daniel Yates, were on
hand for the event.
230 donors have contributed over 2 million dollars in private funds to
make completion of the facility a reality.
is used for important research aimed at preserving Lake Michigan’s freshwater
resources. It includes a boat loading bay, year round storage facilities and more
than 14 thousand square feet of research labs, including one for mesecosm tanks.
“This is a partnership we have with Cascade Engineering out of Grand Rapids where we are trying to optimize the bio-films that are part of these filters so they remove the pathogens and they are being deployed in developing countries so we can take contaminated water that's put into them and out comes decontaminated water, portable water that these people can drink.”
That was Annis
Water Resources Institute director, Alan Steinman who says they have two
vessels used for research.
“The Jackson was launched in 1996, the Angus in 1986; together they've put over 140-thousand passengers on Lake Michigan, giving them a hands on learning experience so when you go out on these vessels you actually sample the sediment, the water and you do the tests yourself.”
"The plankton can't get out of there, just the water and that's about it so anything you bring up, they put underneath the slides for the kids so they can show them this is what lives, this is what the snails eat, this is what the fish eat, they're always just eating, they just filter this stuff."
deckhand, Dave Fischer, says students from 4th grade on up learn to
take water samples and compare Lake Michigan with Muskegon Lake.
The Robert B.
Annis Field Station was designed with energy efficiency and sustainability in
mind. It replaces an older building that lacked heating and therefore the capacity
for year round research.
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