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Research teams from all over test Northwoods lakesSubmitted: 07/08/2016
Story By Rachel Niemi


VILAS COUNTY - Here in the Northwoods, we know how special our lakes are. It turns out that people from around the world know it too.

People from all over are studying at the UW Trout Lake Station to find out what's in the water. The work is all part of project started by a UW-Madison grad student.

"We're running this experiment to see if we see changes in what the bacteria is doing over a course of two days in three different lakes," says grad student Alexandra Linz.

Teams of researchers go out on the lakes four times over the course of 48 hours.

The teams test the lakes' water temperatures and oxygen levels, along with other factors that affect the growth of the bacteria.

"In order to understand how a lake behaves and how we control water quality and control fisheries, we need to understand the base of that food chain," UW professor Trena McMahon says of the bacteria..

Once samples are collected from all three lakes, they get sent to a lab in California. It could take months to get all the samples tested and reported to researchers.


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