The CBIBS field and technical team, in collaboration with partners from NOAA Sanctuaries and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, has deployed a CBIBS buoy at York Spit, at the mouth of the York River.
Many Chesapeake-area residents have noticed very clear water in the Bay in recent weeks, and scientists are working together to further explore this topic. While images from some Bay tributaries show terrific visibility in the water—being able to see the bottom in 10 feet of water, for example—scientists want to validate the phenomenon using data from a variety of sources.
There’s a chill in the air, and with an eye toward keeping CBIBS buoys safe from ice damage, several of the northernmost CBIBS buoys will be pulled for the 2015-16 winter and redeployed in early spring.
The frozen waters the Chesapeake Bay saw in early 2015 have long since melted, but CBIBS buoy technicians continue their work to minimize problems CBIBS buoys may encounter due to icing in future winters.
Boaters who have frequented the waters near the Annapolis CBIBS buoy over the past few years may have noticed that, this year, the top structure of the buoy now features an additional piece of equipment. What is it, and why is it there?
What a winter that was! Challenging weather conditions that started Valentine’s Day weekend have kept the CBIBS team busy. The buoys are generally quite hardy, but ice can damage the sensors, and ice floes can drag the buoys out of position.