Associated Press - August 29, 2010 4:04 AM ET
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Two new research vessels being built for the U.S. Geological Survey's Great Lakes Science Center are expected to help strengthen the agency's research on Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
The boats are due to be completed in September 2011. They'll replace the two oldest research vessels in the agency's Great Lakes fleet: The Sandusky, Ohio-based R/V Musky II and the Oswego, N.Y.-based R/V Kaho.
Russell Strach directs the Ann Arbor-based Great Lakes Science Center. He says the new roughly 65-foot vessels will be modern floating labs better suited for studying Great Lakes fisheries than the old boats.
The vessels will be built by Cleveland-based Great Lakes Towing Co. under an $8.2 million contract that's funded by federal stimulus money.
U.S. Geological Survey's Great Lakes Science Center: http://www.glsc.usgs.gov