Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC)
Renovation Update: Engineering and Fisheries Lab
Last month, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved the schematic designs for the renovations of MAISRC’s Engineering and Fisheries Lab. This much-needed capital project will allow MAISRC to further our research projects with zebra mussels, mature Asian carp, pathogens, and invasive plants.
The new state-of-the-art facility will be the only one of its kind and will include a sophisticated water supply system and large tanks for studying adult Asian carp, isolated areas for studying pathogens that might control AIS, and environmental chambers for researching invasive plants. See a sketch of the proposed floor plans here.
The current lab – which is held in a century-old tractor garage – is not compatible with MAISRC’s goals of providing leading research on aquatic invasive species and preserving the ecological health of Minnesota lakes and rivers. The new lab is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2015. Significant funding for this effort was provided by the Minnesota Legislature in 2014. Stay tuned for further updates on its progress.