The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded nearly $6 million to Indiana University to continue research on toxic air pollutants in the Great Lakes region.
The university’s research will support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan, which was created to protect and restore the Great Lakes.
Approximately $1.2 million will be given to the university each year for the next five years, allowing researchers to continue monitoring the region with the support of the Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Network.
IADN takes samples from both urban and rural locations on the Great Lakes and provides that data to researchers to help them understand persistent chemical trends. Researchers will use this data to improve understanding of air pollutants and chemicals in the region and to inform decisions about the area’s future.
“IADN is one of the longest and most successful monitoring programs in the world, and we are pleased that the EPA is continuing this grant for another five years,” said IU researcher Marta Venier in a press release. “Long-term monitoring networks like IADN are essential in understanding the behavior of pollutants in the atmosphere and making the link between policy and science.”
IU was previously awarded grant money from the EPA to conduct this research and was given the opportunity to apply for additional funding earlier this year.
“EPA is pleased to award this funding to Indiana University to continue monitoring airborne toxics around the Great Lakes,” said EPA Region 5 Administrator/Great Lakes National Program Manager Cathy Stepp. “This important research will help advance our understanding of trends in chemical pollutants while allowing us to see the impacts of our efforts to reduce toxic contamination and protect these binational treasures.”