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Land-Based Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Market-Available Ballast Water Management Systems in Great Lakes Water

The Lake Superior Research Institute (LSRI) - Great Waters Research Collaborative (GWRC), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD), is issuing a Request for Applications (RFA) for ballast water management system (BWMS) manufacturers interested in partnering to provide solutions to mitigate ballast-borne aquatic nuisance species (ANS) and refine their technologies for the Great Lakes System.

This project will determine the biological effectiveness of market-available and type-approved BWMS at the Montreal Pier Facility in Superior, Wis. and provide independent data to BWMS developers that will lead to effective treatment of ballast water within the Great Lakes System and freshwater ports globally.

The RFA applies to land-based BWMS evaluation of market-available technologies at the Montreal Pier Facility during the 2021 season (May – October 2021). In 2021, federal funding is available through the Great Lakes Ballast Water Research and Development Plan (R&D Plan) efforts to support Great Lakes evaluation of a maximum of three treatment technologies. Federal funding is provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative via MARAD.


The GWRC held a webinar Feb. 16 to provide information to potential applicants on the operational characteristics of the Montreal Pier Facility, goals of this R&D Plan project, and benefits of applicant-GWRC partnership.