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In 2006 when I was introduced to buoys in the Chesapeake Bay by Doug Wilson they stood 14' tall and cost on the order of $150,000 each.  $40,000 for the buoy floatation alone. In 2007 I met the director of the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network where I proposed we monitor water quality 24/7, but how?  I developed the first Basic Observation Buoy (BOB) using PVC and PASCO sensors. That buoy cost about $1,000 but was an education product.  Now, with In-Situ's Viewlink, I developed a Pro BOB with sensors that collect and transmit data using 3 D-Cell batteries... and the data is displayed on BOB's are being built, improved, and sold... as we speak using my fabricator, Grieb Associates in Chestertown, MD... check out... www.shoresciences. com.  A BOB measuring water temp, salinity, conductivity, turbidity, DO, and chloro a and transmitting the data costs about $10,000...



In 2008, The premise of BOB was adopted with open arms by Dr. Lundie Spence, director of COSEE- SE. Together we’ve hosted three workshops (the latest in Jacksonville Fl) introducing BOB as an effective program to introduce students to water quality by having them build and launch BOBs that contribute real data to real monitoring systems. It’s been adopted in several high schools, being deployed at the Smithsonian facility in Fort Pierce, Florida and expanding to community observation efforts up and down the east coast.

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