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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.

As summer turns to fall across the Chesapeake watershed, many around the Bay recall pleasant times outdoors around the Bay in mostly comfortable summer temperatures, with no super-hot stretches of weather, and seemingly few days above 90 degrees. But do these personal recollections match data tracked by CBIBS buoys? 

Cash prizes and the opportunity to present your ideas to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley are up for grabs at the August 1-3 DataBay “Reclaim the Bay” Innovation Challenge.

With the recent release of an updated app for iPhone and a brand-new app designed for iPad in collaboration with our partners at the Chesapeake Conservancy, all CBIBS mobile apps now feature graphing capability and access to audio and text versions of interpretive content about all CBIBS buoy locations.

As summer approaches and water temperatures warm, many area residents and visitors take to the water. While some relax in the water in a quick cooling dip, others test themselves in one of the area’s many competitive open-water swimming events or triathlons slated for the summer months. 

Maryland's Chesapeake Bay spring striped bass season opens on Saturday, April 19, with a one fish per person per day limit and a minimum size of 28 inches through May 15 (Detailed regulations are available online.)

The Susquehanna, Upper Potomac, and Patapsco buoys--which had been pulled from the water in early winter--were all redeployed the week of March 17.

Are you a rising college junior or senior interested in CBIBS who has some top-notch information technology skills? 

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