The College of the Environment’s School of Oceanography and a network of partners are working to raise funds to replace the aging and soon-to-be decommissioned Clifford A. Barnes. The research vessel is nearly 50 years old, and has limited capabilities to help scientists and students really understand what’s going on in our local waters–like the Puget Sound, Salish Sea, Lake Washington, and the Columbia River. As researchers continue to investigate the complexities of our freshwater and marine ecosystems, it becomes more important than ever to have the right tools to get the research done. Replacing the Barnes will give scientists a powerful tool to better understand our waterways, and help keep Pacific Northwest ecosystems healthy and productive for all to enjoy.

KING 5’s Glenn Farley tells the story.

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