The Huron-to-Erie Alliance for Research and Training (HEART) is a multi-institutional alliance dedicated to Great Lakes research. The alliance supports three urban field stations (see map below) located at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Macomb County, Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) Water Works Park (WWP), and Detroit's Historic Belle Isle Aquarium. The field stations are an important element of water resources research that allows direct access to observe and understand water interactions with local ecosytems and provides opportunities for hands-on training that directly benefits public health, aquatic ecosystem sustainability, and education. Development and expansion to the HEART Field Station Facilities continues to be possible by a generous grant from the Erb Family Foundation as part of UWERG's Healthy Urban Waters initiative.
The mission of the HEART field stations is to engage and empower the public in creating a sustainable urban environment based on sound science. Our vision is to empower and engage the public in creating a sustainable urban environment based on sound science with a mission to lead the study of the interaction between urban and natural systems, advancing education, policy and health toward environmental sustainability.
(1) Lake St. Clair Metropark Field Station in Macomb County is field study site for aquatic ecology and ecosystem restoration, water monitoring technology development, analysis of coastal bacterial communities, and research on the effects of environmental stressors on water quality.
(2) Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) Water Works Park (WWP) Field Station provides opportunities for studying sustainable practices and new technologies for water treatment that protect human and environmental health.
(3) Detroit's Historic Belle Isle Aquarium Field Laboratory supports studies of invasive species, environmental DNA, and conservation and restoration of rare fish species. The adjacent natural areas allow investigations of terrestrial and aquatic invasive species, interface of groundwater and surface water, and infrastructure investigations associated with the primary Detroit water intake at this location.