From the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway:
Friends of the LSHG:
We wanted to alert you to the fact that President Obama’s 2013 budget proposes to eliminate funding for the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS). If you would like to see the buoys remain in operation, we ask that you write a letter to your representatives in Congress and copy the NOAA Administrator, Jane Lubchenco, regarding the merits of the system. We have provided a draft letter at the end of this message or you can find an easy to send, electronic form here:
As you may know, CBIBS is a network of “smart buoys” that track wind, weather, and water-quality data. Managed and maintained by the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, the system relays data in near-real-time using wireless technology, making the information accessible through the website, toll-free phone number, and smartphone “apps.” In addition, the “smart buoys” also mark locations along the National Park Service’s Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, providing voice narration of natural and cultural history.
For more information on the buoys or to access the information provided by them, visit www.buoybay.org or 877-BUOY-BAY.
Thank you for your Support!
The Honorable NAME HERE
Dear Representative NAME HERE:
President Obama’s FY13 budget explicitly eliminates the funding needed to keep the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) operational. This system of innovative buoys supplies near real time weather and environmental information to users via telephone or internet devices. It has proven its worth to weather forecasters, commercial shippers, fishermen, recreational boaters, and scientists. We ask that you support the system and ensure that the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration funds the system.
Numerous public agencies, private companies, organizations and individuals have voiced support for the system. In addition, the system is an important part of the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office’s efforts to meet the mission given it by the President’s 2009 Executive Order for the Chesapeake Bay. We hope you will urge the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Dr. Jane Lubchenco, to take necessary steps to keep the system operating to support the health of the Chesapeake Bay estuary and the activities and safety of the Americans who enjoy it.
YOUR NAME HERE
CC: Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of NOAA