Michigan Senators Carl Levin (D) and Debbie Stabenow (D) announced on 15 April 2009 that the Department of the Interior will allocate funds for two new United States Geological Survey (USGS) research vessels in the Great Lakes. The money for the vessels will come from part of the $30 million dollars in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) set aside for facilities maintenance. They will replace two 50-year old research vessels on Lake Erie and Ontario that are essential for research and monitoring of the Great Lakes. The new research vessels will come with cutting-edge technology, gear, and wet labs. The price tag on the ships will ultimately be determined by competitive bidding.
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