|Facilities at WATER|
The Great Lakes WATER Institute's primary research vessel is the NEESKAY. This word is derived from the Native American Ho-Chunk people's language in Wisconsin, and translates as "pure clean water." The Neeskay has been operated by the Center for Great Lakes Studies since 1970. The ship provides year-round access to the lakes and a fully functional platform and floating laboratory.
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In addition to the R/V Neeskay, the Great Lakes WATER Institute maintains a fleet of small boats to support its many ongoing research programs. These range from the 26' Osprey for short trips on Lake Michigan, to small inflatable vessels for use in field work on inland lakes and waterways.
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The Great Lakes WATER Institute houses a large number of aquatic holding tanks and facilties to support the aquaculture, environmental genomics, and environmental toxicology research that requires the maintenance of live stocks of aquatic life such as lake sturgeon and zebrafish.
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The Great Lakes WATER Institute maintains a full-service instrumentation fabrication and machine shop where parts and full assemblies can be custom-made to order. The WATER Institute's skilled staff of machinists, instrument makers, and electronic technicians take scientific ideas and turn them into reality on a daily basis.
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The WATER Institute has a range of information processing and media capabilities, including two dual Xeon Linux servers, half a terabyte of network storage backed up nightly, a genomics computing cluster, and presentation facilties for meetings and seminars.
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