Real-time data studies environmental impacts on Delaware River and Bay

    A ferry cruising through the Delaware River is collecting real-time data that is helping researchers to study the impact of overfishing and species habitat destruction on the Delaware River and Bay.

    According to Philly.com, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry is using a device that was installed this summer that collects real-time data, which is then studied by researchers at the University of Delaware.

    The ferry, operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, carries the device that is providing detailed data on the water exchange at the mouth of the bay, according to Philly.com.

    The report says readings and water samples are collected for further analyses.

    Philly.com says the ferry does not run year around, which means the monitoring will be placed on hold during the winter.

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