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Media Advisory: Centuries-Old Tradition Launches Advanced Water Science
Federal Leaders Welcome New Great Lakes Research Vessels
Released: 8/29/2011 3:15:38 PM

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The newest additions to the U.S. Geological Survey's fleet of large research vessels will be dedicated and delivered at a formal shipbuilding ceremony in Cleveland on Wednesday. 

Anne Castle, U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, and Marcia McNutt, USGS Director, will Christen the USGS Great Lakes Science Center’s research vessels Kaho and Muskie at a traditional dedication and delivery ceremony at the Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland, Ohio. These new large vessels are floating scientific laboratories, enabling USGS researchers to explore the health and population of biological organisms in lakes Erie and Ontario. Such research is used by federal, state, and tribal resource managers to protect the area's $7 billion annual commercial and sport fisheries.

WHAT: Dedication and Delivery Ceremony for New USGS Research Vessels Kaho and Muskie

WHO: Anne Castle, U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science
Marcia McNutt, USGS Director
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
Joseph P. Starck, Jr., President of the Great Lakes Towing Company
Other state and local officials

WHEN: Wednesday, August 31, 2011
11 a.m. ceremony
12 p.m. reception and lunch

WHERE: Great Lakes Shipyard
4500 Division Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio

The two new research vessels will replace the aging vessels on lakes Erie and Ontario. They will provide safe and reliable platforms for scientists, and will be equipped with state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation to improve the understanding of deep-water ecosystems and fishes in these lakes for ecological management purposes. 

The USGS awarded an $8.2 million contract to the Great Lakes Towing Company in 2010 for the construction of the new research vessels. Funding for the contract came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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