The First Landing buoy—the tenth buoy in the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System—was deployed in mid-August, but it was soon damaged in the high wind and seas of Hurricane Irene at the end of August.
The CBIBS field team has worked on multiple rounds of diagnostic tests and repair work to get the buoy back up and running again. To repair the buoy, approximately 75% of the sensors and electronics were replaced. Repair was made more challenging given the open-water weather the field team experienced in attempting to repair the buoy on site.
Their work ultimately was successful; as of December 20, the buoy is back up and running and transmitting data.