SUPERIOR, WI -- A big grant will help a UWS professor better understand how microplastics are impacting our waters.
Professor Lorena Rios Mendoza and her colleagues will use the $40,000 to conduct research in the St. Louis River Estuary and Western Lake Superior.
The funding will help them dive deeper into how much plastic is in the water, where it's coming from, and where it's going.
"Lake Superior is the main source of freshwater, it's important to keep it clean. Plastics are one of the pollutants," said Rios.
"For the students, this a huge opportunity to work with the freshwater environment."
Rios Mendoza says this type of research will motivate and challenge students to study real environmental issues in the world.
Rios has two other research teams stationed in Eau Claire and Madison, WI.