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Michael Patrick Shiels
WSJM-FM 94.9

Posted: Tuesday, 13 May 2014 12:00PM

South Haven To Get Weather Buoy

The city of South Haven is set to receive an offshore weather buoy. Harbormaster and Assistant City Manager Paul VandenBosch tells our newsroom the plan is to have the buoy deployed by early July.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is awarding the city a $50,000 grant for the buoy, with several local governments, businesses and organizations pledging to pay for the annual maintenance. That price is estimated at around $25,000 a year. The buoy is just like one offshore in Bridgman operated by the Cook Nuclear Plant and will provide real-time wave height information and water temperature data at several different depths. VandenBosch says the new buoy will give a much more accurate reading of Lake Michigan conditions for beachgoers and boaters.


Those numbers will be available online, and have been used by fishermen in Bridgman to improve their catch.


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