BOLLES HARBOR — A hightech device that’s been a friend to western Lake Erie anglers during weather fair and foul this summer was retired Monday, at least for the coming winter season.
Representatives from Limno-Tech, an Ann Arbor firm, towed a $ 50,000 buoy, bristling with weather and water- measuring instruments, into the public launch ramp at Bolles Harbor so they could inspect it and store it for the off-season.
It was part of an Army Corps of Engineers contract to study lake dynamics related to the Corps’ open water disposal of harbor dredgings in the Ohio waters of the lake.
But its real-time monitoring of wind, wave- height, water temperatures, currents and relative humidity made it an invaluable tool for fisherman and emergency response personnel who needed to know conditions out on the lake, explained Ed Verhamme, LimnoTech project engineer.
“One of the key parts of the project is that we also made the data available in real time for the public,” Mr. Verhamme said. “All the fishermen know about this. It has a Web cam on it, too, so it sends data and images.”