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Vote To Support New Buoy For Erie

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Good news for boaters and fishermen on Lake Erie along the Pennsylvania shore line. The region is getting a high tech weather buoy.  And Erie is also competing for a $10,000 grant to help with education and maintenance for the buoy.

You may be surprised to know that between the Conneaut and Ashtabula area and Dunkirk New York, there is no weather buoy in the water.

Presque Isle officials tried unsuccessfully for years to get the federal government to fund a weather buoy.  Now one is finally on the way, thanks the efforts of Jeanette Schnarrs, Ph.D. from the Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center.  She applied for and secured a $100,000 grant for the buoy. She says the grant was the only one awarded by GLOS - the Great Lakes Observation System. It's being manufactured just for Erie by Fondriest, an environmental monitoring products company based in Ohio. 

It will be deployed west of Presque Isle between May and October each year to provide critical real-time data on the lake conditions every 20 minutes, that everyone can access.  In fact you'll be able to access that data, even pictures and video through the web and on your smart phone.

Right now, Erie is one of six cities up for a $10,000 grant that will help teach about and maintain that buoy.

You can cast your vote for the Erie Regional Science Consortium project on the Boat U.S. Foundation website at http://www.boatus.org/grants/vote.asp.

You have until March 28 at 11:59 PM to vote. You must be 13 years old, and you can vote once a day.

Submit your event now
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