If all goes as planned, you could soon be directly connected to the most current lake and weather conditions as they change, and be able to see the lake from a buoy camera.
The Regional Science Consortium has applied for a grant that would beef up the features of the new buoy going into the lake May 1st off the mouth of Walnut Creek. It’ll be located about five miles out in 45 feet of water. Since we typically get weather from the west, it will collect data on the weather ahead of when it reaches the bay.
The 400 pound buoy was paid for by a grant and will give up-to-date weather and lake information and send it to the National Weather Service and NOAA. It features a wave monitor that will update every twenty minutes. Determining exact wave height and direction will be beneficial to boaters.
Now you can vote on this latest grant to add features like a text alert system if conditions become unfavorable, and even a live camera feed from atop the buoy. The Regional Science Consortium hopes this feature can keep people safe if weather gets bad while you're out on the lake.
If you’d like to vote, you have until 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 28. You can vote once per day.