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Quantifying Impacts of Green Infrastructure on Transport of Road Salt to Groundwater and Surface Water: Tradeoffs and Challenges

Principal Investigator: Kimberly Van Meter
Affiliation: University of Illinois at Chicago
Initiation Date: 2020

In the proposed work, we will explore opportunities and tradeoffs associated with the use of green infrastructure for stormwater management. In particular, we seek to quantify the extent to which increased percolation of stormwater, driven by increased use of green infrastructure, may be increasing groundwater chloride (Cl-) concentrations in communities surrounding Southern Lake Michigan. 

A Survey of Sportfish for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) – An Emerging Contaminant in the Great Lakes

Principal Investigator: Gary Lamberti
Affiliation: University of Notre Dame
Initiation Date: 2020
  • Determine the concentrations and speciation of PFAS in important Lake Michigan sportfish
  • Evaluate dietary routes for PFAS exposure from prey to predator fish using δ15N and δ13C stable isotopes along with PFAS speciation
  • Assess the relationship between total fluorine and PFAS concentrations to determine the full extent of the PFAS problem
  • Compare observed PFAS concentrations in fish from Illinois-Indiana waters to other areas such as inland Michigan waterways where PFAS are known to be a problem

The effect of electric and carbon dioxide barriers on the risk of aquatic invasive species passage through the Chicago Area Waterway System

Principal Investigator: Reuben Keller
Affiliation: Loyola University Chicago
Initiation Date: 2020
  • Determine the effectiveness of the current electric barriers and proposed carbon dioxide barriers in the Chicago Area Waterway System at deterring the passage of invertebrate species from a wide range of taxonomic groups
  • Determine whether different voltages and frequencies of electricity affect the effectiveness of the electric barriers in the Chicago Area Waterway System at deterring species passage
  • Determine whether different concentrations of carbon dioxide affect the effectiveness of proposed carbon dioxide barriers in the Chicago Area Waterway System at deterring species passage.

Largemouth Bass Muscle Hydrolysate as Practical Replacement of Live Food for Largemouth Bass Larvae

Principal Investigator: Karolina Kwasek
Affiliation: Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Initiation Date: 2020
  • Develop an optimal methodology for largemouth bass (LMB) muscle hydrolysis using digestive enzymes representing LMB digestive tract
  • Evaluate the effect of LMB muscle protein hydrolysate used as first feed on the growth and survival of LMB larvae
  • Provide feed/additive manufacturing industry with knowledge and tools required for production of high-quality, cost effective, and well-digested dietary muscle hydrolysate as a source of protein in larval fish feeds

An Integrated Physical-Social-Community (PSC) Approach for Sustainable Shore Protection, Beach Integrity, and Bluff/Dune Stabilization Along Lake Michigan

Principal Investigator: Cary Troy
Affiliation: Purdue University
Initiation Date: 2020

The overall goals of this project are to:

  • Better understand coastal processes in terms of nearshore hydrodynamics, sediment transport, and coastal morphology under changing climate forcing in Lake Michigan
  • Help effectively communicate to stakeholders, with the purpose of promoting sustainable shore protection, increasing the integrity of beaches; and stabilizing bluffs/dunes in Lake Michigan


An Investigation of Microplastics as a Carrier for Perfluorinated Compounds into Great Lakes Food Webs

Principal Investigator: John Scott
Affiliation: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
Initiation Date: 2018

This project aims to investigate the potential role of marine plastic debris as a vector for Perfluorinated Compounds (PFAS). Specific research questions are:

  • To what extent do three common plastic types found in the environment act as a sink for select PFASs in Muskegon Lake?
  • How important is the residence time of the materials present in these water bodies concerning the extent of PFAS accumulation?


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