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Northeast-Midwest Institute
Weekly Update
 
October 15, 2013
In This Issue
NEMWI Great Ships Initiative Completes Important Ballast Water Filter Testing Rounds
NEMWI Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative Convenes First-Ever Mississippi River Economy Summit

NEMWI Great Ships Initiative Completes Important Ballast Water Filter Testing Rounds  

The NEMWI's Great Ships Initiative conducts status and certification tests of proposed ballast water treatment systems and their components in the natural fresh waters of the Great Lakes.  Many such systems include large-scale filters to remove larger organisms from the ballast intake stream prior to a secondary treatment process designed to kill remaining organisms after filtration.  How much gets through the filters is critical information for whole treatment design; freshwater systems like the Great Lakes have large populations of the smallest of zooplankton which have been shown to readily breach BWMS filtration barriers.  Today, GSI completed an ambitious set of 9 tests on 8 different filter systems.  Each testing round consisted of four trials. Filter developers from all over the world participated in the test series, sending their technicians to Duluth-Superior Harbor to attend the tests. 

 

Ship-owners, BWMS vendors, filter developers, regulators (state and federal), and environmental advocates all will have a strong interest in the test outcomes, which will be publicly available by the end of the year.  Critical to the success of the testing series was the world-class NEMWI GSI land-based test facility located in Superior, WI, built and operated largely with funds from the U.S. Maritime Administration and the E.P.A.'s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; the know-how of the GSI team, including experts from NEMWI, University of Wisconsin-Superior Lake Superior Research Institute, University of Minnesota-Duluth Natural Resources Research Institute, and AMI Consulting Engineers; and the rich and challenging natural BWMS test conditions of Western Lake-Superior 

 

For more information, please contact Allegra Cangelosi, President, Northeast-Midwest Institute and Director, Great Ships Initiative. 
 

The NEMWI Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative Convenes First-Ever Mississippi River Economy Summit  

This week, the NEMWI's Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI) is hosting the first ever invitation-only Mississippi River Economy Summit, in collaboration with the Delta Regional Authority (DRA).  MRCTI mayors from cities along the full length of the waterway are convening in Memphis, TN this Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18 for the event. The purpose of the Summit is to further the economic progress of the region by moving toward commitments around container-on-barge shipping for the Mississippi, and aligning Federal and private investment closer to local growth to bolster ecological integrity and global trade. The Summit also will examine advanced funding options like public-private-partnerships (P3) to defray and better manage the costs around improving and maintaining the River's infrastructure. Another important piece is having access to reliable economic data for the region. The Summit will discuss profiling the economy of the waterway including its opportunities and challenges.    


For more information, please contact Colin Wellenkamp, Director, Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative. 

   


   

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