Great Lakes Region

This Fall, the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) and University of Michigan Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) Harmful Algal Blooms research team launched an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) in Lake Erie.  The ESP, named the ESPniagara and also fondly called the “lab in a can”, is able to analyze algal toxin levels much faster than they could be processed in a traditional laboratory setting.  The information gathered can then be used to warn municipal water intake and drinking water managers of potential public health threats earlier than before.

There are 17 ESPs in use worldwide, but GLERL-CIGLR’s is the first to be deployed in any freshwater system.  To learn more about this achievement, please read the full article from CIGLR here.

Interior view of the Environmental Sample Processor, or ESP.

The inner workings of GLERL-CIGLR’s Environmental Sample Processor (ESP). Photo credit: NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL).

Image of the ESP on a boat near a dock, ready to embark on its sampling journey in Lake Erie.

The ESPniagara ready for deployment. Photo credit: NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL).

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