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GVSU wrapping up summer educational trips

The university's research vessel the W.G. Jackson has been traveling to Lake Michigan ports for scientific and educational trips.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Valley State University's Annis Water Resources Institute is wrapping up its annual Making Lake Michigan Great tour.

The university's research vessel the W.G. Jackson has been traveling to Lake Michigan ports for scientific and educational trips.

GVSU scientists are currently researching lake sediment, fish population, and oxygen fluctuation in Muskegon Lake.

The Environmental Protection Agency funds summer trips like the one Wednesday.

Researchers on-board, like Janet Vail, say those who live near the Great Lakes have a responsibility to protect what amounts to 20 percent of the world's fresh surface water.

"We need to keep an eye on water quality and appreciate this wonderful resource that we have right in our back yard," Vail said. "And so our message to everyone that comes on board is that stewardship message, that fact that we do have this very kind of special obligation living in this area."

The W.G. Jackson will be in Holland Friday and Saturday, offering similar research trips on Lake Macatawa.

For times or to register, contact the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council.