High tech monitoring in place on St. Johns River

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- High technology is now in place on the St. Johns River offering real time information on river conditions which is valuable to moving commerce to the ports.

JAXPORT and the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange partnered up on the project securing a $2.8 million dollar grant to make the project happen. 46 sensors and 18 monitoring stations have been placed up and down the river stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to Clay County.

The sensors will give minute-by-minute updates on water levels, currents and wind conditions among other things that are important to river boat captains and cargo ship crews.

"Before we were working with tables and our knowledge of the river," said Captain Eric Bryson with the St. Johns River Bar Pilot Association. Now he says science will help guide decisions with accurate information available to everyone.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration praised the local support for the project making Jacksonville the second largest port in the country aided by the technology that is streamed by satellite to Maryland and then made available to everyone on their smart phones.

"Timely, accurate and actionable information," said Kathryn Sullivan who is an administrator with NOAA as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.

The data can be accessed by following this link: http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov.


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