HOLLAND, MI – The city installed a webcam in Holland State Park on a station tower used by the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration.
The video will show beach conditions to the public and provide authorities with environmental and safety information, Mayor Nathan Bocks said.
NOAA will collect information for research on Lake Michigan.
“This video imagery will provide another valuable source of lake water level observations and weather information that NOAA is already collecting at Holland Beach, and is extremely important to improving our forecast of Great Lakes return currents.” Greg Dusek, senior scientist at the NOAA National Ocean Service, said in a statement.
The video will be used to alert swimmers of unsafe swimming conditions and will be available to first responders in the event of an emergency.
The video will also be used to monitor lake and weather conditions to manage warning flags for swimming, said Ron Olson, head of the Natural Resources Department’s parks and recreation division.
“The Great Lakes are at their highest level in 30 years, which can lead to stronger and more dangerous currents,” he said.
The webcam – a partnership of the city, Township of Park, DNR, NOAA and local Biggby cafes – will also be used to promote tourism in the Netherlands region. This is the eighth Dutch webcam to MiHollandCam.
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