Central Michigan University has a new research vessel for use on the Great Lakes.
The Mount Pleasant school announced recently that the RV Chippewa will benefit students studying areas of science from ecology to botany.
The College of Science and Technology bought the 32.5-foot vessel.
The boat will help further work of the Institute for Great Lakes Research. It recently received a $10 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct Great Lakes wetlands preservation research alongside a team from other schools and government agencies.