MARQUETTE – The last of three new climate monitoring and marine safety buoys was brought in for the season from the south shore of Lake Superior as Superior Watershed Partnership staff retrieved the Marquette buoy on Monday with boat support provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
SWP said it received $ 47,786.80 in grants through the Great Lakes Observing System to purchase and deploy three new surveillance buoys during the 2021 season. New buoys have been deployed in Marquette, Munising and Grand Marais.
The Marquette buoy has been placed northeast of Black Rocks at a new location determined by the U.S. Coast Guard in cooperation with the SWP, DNR and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the SWP said. The Munising and Grand Marais buoys were deployed and retrieved by SWP personnel with boat support provided by Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Each of the three monitoring buoys collects important navigation and climate planning data, including wave height, wind speed, water temperature, and more, the SWP said. The live data provided by these buoys is essential for commercial and recreational boaters as well as the National Weather Service, Environment Canada and NOAA. Additionally, the SWP uses buoy data for long-term climate adaptation planning with coastal communities on the Upper Peninsula.
SWP is a Great Lakes nonprofit organization that focuses on environmental conservation, habitat restoration, and community climate adaptation throughout the UP
Visit www.superiorwatersheds.org for more details. You can find more information about the GLOS monitoring buoy program at https://glos.org.