There are instruments that collect
environmental data throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
For many, you can look on the internet and see what conditions are
like right now - in real-time.
This page links to buoys in the Chesapeake Bay that have
weather and water quality
conditions (current and archived) for locations at the mouths of
major rivers where they enter the Chesapeake Bay. Just
click on the picture of the buoy. When you get there,
click on one of the buoys to see what's happening out on the Bay
Also try clicking on
the "Interpret" tab and then, if your computer has sound, click on
one of the audio buttons to learn about the history, geography, or
water quality of the site.
Bay Buoy picture
courtesy of Kim Couranz, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office.