Spring 2006

UW-Oshkosh has modern laboratories and classrooms perched on the shores of the Fox River.

Know Your Water Lab

Aquatic Research Laboratory
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

One of Wisconsin’s newest water research facilities is the Aquatic Research Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

The facility opened last fall after completion of the first phase of a state-funded major renovation of the former “field studies building.” Once a dilapidated storage area, the building has been transformed into modern laboratories and classrooms.

A planned second phase will renovate the boathouse and add offices and a visiting area. An $189,000 grant from the National Science Foundation supported the purchase of advanced instruments to measure streamflow, nutrients, algae, and suspended sediments.

Perched on the shores of the Fox River, the facility is poised to tackle local water research questions, as well as reach out to the surrounding community, said Director Michael Lizotte.

“The lab will not only advance research to help area waterways and communities in the Fox-Wolf watershed,” he said, “but also educate people of all ages about water resources, ‘incubate’ aquatic business development, and provide significant information to citizens and resource managers.” Lizotte added that funded outreach programs include citizen-based water monitoring and professional development opportunities for teachers.

For more information, contact Director Michael Lizotte, lizotte@uwosh.edu or (920) 424-0848.

The Aquatic Sciences Center is the administrative home of the
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute & University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute.

©2011 University of Wisconsin Board of Regents