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“Smart” Buoy Deployed

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) deployed a “smart” buoy just south of the Wilson Bridge on Friday, May 4.  The new device will provide scientists and local area boaters/educators with real-time information about the Chesapeake Bay.

The buoy is part of the the CBIBS (Chesapeake Bay Interpretative Buoy System) program and will collect weather, oceanographic and water-quality observations along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.  The program hopes to not only provide relevant data for restoration efforts, but also provide insights about the waterways’ history and encourage stewardship and protection of the Chesapeake Bay.

All of the eight buoys’ measurements, along with historical information, can be accessed at ( for mobile devices) and by phone at 877-BUOY-BAY (877-286-9229).

The Daily Feed

Choosing Clean Water

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It’s no secret that this area is home to poor water quality– the Chesapeake Bay only meets about a fifth of its goals on an annual basis— but the Chesapeake Bay Coalition is doing something about it.  This coalition is a group of non-profit organizations that have joined together to guide federal, regional, and local efforts to clean the bay.  If you’re interested in learning more about this effort, consider attending the Choose Clean Water Conference in DC in January.  Early registration ends this Friday, so sign up today!

The Daily Feed

Cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay

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NPR’s Joe Palca is moderating a panel at the National Building Museum tomorrow night called “Water Knows No Boundaries,” about the 40-year effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay. He’ll be sitting down with the president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a landscape architect from Catholic University, and DC Councilmember Tommy Wells to talk about the challenges in cleaning up watersheds that cross multiple municipalities.