The Finger Lakes Institute recently deployed a meteorological/water quality monitoring buoy in Seneca Lake off Clark's Point (42*49.1'N, 76*57.1'W) in about 190 feet of water. This yellow buoy is about five feet tall and five feet around the bottom, with solar panels on the sides, meteorological sensors on a 10-foot pole, and a red light that flashes at night.
Information collected by the buoy will eventually be published on the FLI Web site, including meteorological data collected every hour (temperature, pressure, wind speed/direction, light intensity and humidity), as well as daily water column profiles: temperature, salinity (specific conductance), chlorophyll (algae) and turbidity (algae and suspended mud). Some sampling is awaiting the arrival and installation of additional sensors.
The new buoy is part of the Institute's ongoing program of monitoring the quality of the water in Seneca Lake.
Boaters and anglers are reminded that the buoy sensor dangles directly underneath the buoy on a Kevlar line. In addition, the buoy is held in place with two anchors using thick, braided nylon rope, one about 300 feet toward the north, and the other about 300 feet toward the south of the buoy, depending on the wind. Those trolling for lake trout anywhere near the buoy are asked to be aware of the lines.
For details about the buoy, e-mail John Halfman at Halfman@hws.edu.