A Model for Community-Supported Observations: City of South Haven, MI

Project Lead: LimnoTech – Ed Verhamme
Partners: City of South Haven
Geographic Scope: Southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana

The stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline between Muskegon, MI and Michigan City, IN, contains several of the most popular beaches in the Great Lakes region. While there are several offshore buoys in this region that provide valuable weather data to the local National Weather Service offices and recreational boaters, there is a 70-mile information gap between Bridgman, MI and Port Sheldon, MI. This project will improve and increase nearshore real‐time marine observations in western Michigan and northern Indiana through two main activities. First, a buoy will be deployed off the coastline of South Haven, MI, to fill the 70-mile observation gap. Second, the project leader will work with the owners and operators of the four other nearshore buoys to create a regional communication plan that will help coordinate the relay of information to local and regional water safety personnel, boaters, anglers, residents, and tourists of the seven coastal counties in western Michigan and northern Indiana.