MA - A new $905,988 yellow buoy will soon be in Buzzards Bay. Here's what it will do

A new high-tech buoy that measures wave height and direction, and provides mariners with real-time weather information intended to improve navigational safety, will be installed soon in Buzzards Bay.

The buoy will be placed about 4 nautical miles southwest of Cuttyhunk Island as a joint project of several agencies, including the state Department of Environmental Protection and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The DEP is providing $905,988 to purchase, install and operate the buoy.

The money is coming from the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Trust Fund, which was established following the April 2003 grounding of the tanker barge Bouchard 120 on a bedrock ledge in Buzzards Bay.

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