Support Our Buoys

Your interest in our buoys has not gone unnoticed! Please consider making a donation.

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant buoy being deployed off of Wilmette, IL.

Your phone calls, emails, and interactions through Twitter and Facebook have reassured us that the buoys are valued and needed. We are proud to be able to offer the services of two buoys—one located in the waters north of Michigan City, Indiana and the other near Wilmette Harbor, Illinois. Our goal is to provide real-time data for a variety of uses—charter fishing, recreational boating, weather forecasting, and more.

Putting a buoy in the water, year after year, requires many things to happen: the right weather conditions, the right equipment (buoy, boat, trailer), the right people (IISG specialists, volunteers), and the right technical services (website, data modem). It wouldn’t be possible without sufficient funding to keep the buoys afloat.

How to Donate

If you would like to help support Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, you can donate online: visit Select “Click Here to Select Your Fund(s)” and scroll down to select “Other” at the bottom of the selection page. On the next screen, enter “Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Buoy Program” in the box, as displayed below. 

image of donation screen

If you would like to make a donation with a personal check, make your check payable to “Purdue Foundation” and mail to 715 W State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907. Please include “Sea Grant” in the Memo line to give to the general program or “Sea Grant Buoys” to support the buoy program specifically.

We are grateful for all supporters of the Sea Grant program. If you have questions about how to give, please contact Kelly Delp at 765-494-9650 or


Contact Info

Buoy Specialist

Ben Szczygiel

Research Coordinator

Carolyn Foley

Campus Engagement Coordinator

Angela Archer

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