Lake Superior State University Breaks Ground on New Freshwater Research Lab

For more than a decade, there’s been a vision to create a center for freshwater research and education at Lake Superior State University.

Today, at Alford Park in Sault Ste. Marie, the dream started just after noon.

The school broke ground on the $13.2 million Richard and Theresa Barch Research Lab.

It will be located just east of the Cloverland hydro-electric power plant.

It’s great news for the largest program at LSSU.

“We are in an area that is surrounded by three Great Lakes, and so, this is finally taking advantage of a unique resource that the twin Soo’s has to offer the region,” director Ashley Moerke said,

The facility will also include a community visitor’s center and a children’s discovery area.

The project is expected to be completed in 2020.