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"Smart Buoy" System Adds New Marker For John Smith Trail

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Senator Benjamin Cardin, Congressman John Sarbanes, and other dignitaries were on hand in Annapolis, Maryland, on November 11th to celebrate deployment of the newest buoy to mark major tributaries along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

The seventh addition to NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) will be anchored near the mouth of the Severn River, close to the U.S. Naval Academy, the headquarters of the NPS Chesapeake Bay Office, and the thousands of boaters who enjoy this popular port of call.

Known as "smart buoys," the innovative markers for the John Smith Trail – America's first national water trail – monitor nearly 20 measurements of weather and water conditions and water quality important to Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. The public can access this real-time data using wireless technology at or by calling toll-free 877-BUOY-BAY. The buoys also transmit interpretive messages about the history and geography of the area at the time Captain John Smith explored the Chesapeake Bay more than 400 years ago.

Since the first buoy deployed near Historic Jamestowne in 2007, CBIBS has become a widely used tool for scientists, educators, and commercial and recreational fishing and boating interests. Learn more about the buoys and the John Smith trail at .

The 14-foot-high, six-foot-wide buoy will be on public display on a Coast Guard buoy tender at the Annapolis City Dock until weather permits moving to its permanent home at the mouth of the Severn.


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