High-tech Lake Erie buoy provides new source of information

CLEVELAND (AP) — A high-tech buoy placed in Lake Erie in preparation for construction of a wind farm is proving to be a treasure trove of environmental information for boaters, fishermen and scientists.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports (http://bit.ly/1U1vEGI ) the first-of-its-kind buoy is collecting wind speeds, water temperatures and wave conditions ahead of construction.

Aquatic researchers and state agencies will have access to data on lake currents, water chemistry, toxic algae, fish habitat and behavior and boating conditions. The buoy will also collect data on migrating birds and bats.

All data will be turned over to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources when the five-year study is completed.

The Lake Erie wind farm would be the nation’s first offshore fresh water project. Plans call for the turbines to be operating by 2018.


Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com