The V.I. Environmental Resource Station on St. John has been closed since the 2017 hurricanes, but the University of the Virgin Islands is working to rebuild the unique laboratory, which attracts students and scholars from around the world.

UVI President David Hall said the university is “100% committed to rebuilding VIERS, and believes it will be stronger and more useful and accessible to researchers and the public in its enhanced state,” according to an email Friday from UVI spokeswoman Tamika Thomas Williams.

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