Research vessel Lake Guardian in Duluth

The Lake Guardian departed Duluth last year on April 25 (above), with ice still in the harbor. The EPA operated vessel is on the first of its two Great Lakes water sampling surveys she takes each year. It can support up to 27 scientists on board performing numerous scientific investigations relating to water quality.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/19/2004
Kenneth Newhams :