Congress is considering a plan to extend the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS), the state-of-the-art buoys that monitor the health of the Bay along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Currently, six CBIBS buoys mark the trail and provide scientists with water quality information needed to restore the Chesapeake Bay.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has identified a need for a minimum of 20 CBIBS buoys throughout the watershed and your continued support in securing these funds brings us an important step closer to achieving that goal.
CBIBS buoys are part of the Chesapeake Bay Observing System, link to the Interagency Ocean Observing System, and enhance NOAA’s ability to collect, deliver, and use real-time information to protect the Bay ecosystem. The National Geographic Society is developing an innovative website called Fieldscope, which uses the CBIBS buoy data for the data sharing and observations of schoolchildren and educators throughout the Bay watershed.
Thanks to your vital letters of support last year, Congress provided NOAA with $500,000, which will be used to deploy two buoys this summer, one on the Potomac River near Washington D.C. and the other in Annapolis, on the Severn River. These buoys will enhance our understanding of the biological, physical and chemical processes across the Bay and its tributaries and support the educational components of the John Smith trail.
This year we are asking our friends to urge members of Congress to provide funding for five additional buoys—two in Virginia, two in Maryland, and one in Delaware—as part of NOAA’s budget in the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill.
Please help! The Trail needs your support!
Please visit the Friends of the John Smith Chesapeake Trail website for details on how you can help.