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Great Lakes Center awarded $2.7 million to monitor lakes' biology

Fresh water experts at SUNY Buffalo State's Great Lakes Center will continue monitoring the food web in all five Great Lakes, thanks to federal funding and a collaborative partnership with Cornell University, college officials have announced.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $2.7 million for the next five years, allowing the center to expands the work it started in 2013.

The center collects data about zooplankton and other fresh water organisms in the lakes. Buffalo State officials said the data will be used by environmental and fisheries managers in Great Lakes decision-making.

The endeavor will be led by the director of the Great Lakes Center, Alexander Karatayev, and senior research assistant Lyubov Burlakova.

The project is funded through the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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