WASHINGTON – The United States Coast Guard is seeking input until , for a study of navigation requirements for the entire Western Rivers System.
The Coast Guard Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study will review the Western Rivers Aids to Navigation (ATON) System.
The ATON system on the Western Rivers differs from the U.S. Coastal ATON System due to the unstable nature of the river and channels. The Coast Guard operates this system on the Mississippi River from Upper Mississippi River Mile 857 to Lower Mississippi River Mile 155 and on its tributaries.
The system also includes the following rivers and waterways:
- Port Allen-Morgan City Alternate Route (Louisiana)
- That part of the Atchafalaya River above its junction with the Port Allen-Morgan City Alternate Route including the Old River and the New River.
- The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (Mississippi)
- Tombigbee River ((Mississippi-Alabama)
- Black Warrior River (Alabama)
- Alabama River
- Coosa River (Alabama)
- Mobile River above Cochrane Bridge at St. Louis Point
- Flint River
- Chattahoochee River
- Apalachicola River above its confluence with the Jackson River
The rivers and waterways by Coast Guard Sectors:
Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi
Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi
Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley
Coast Guard Sector Mobile
Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan
Big Sandy River
Chicago Sanitary Ship Canal
Des Plains River
Lower Mississippi River
St. Croix River
Upper Mississippi River
Mulberry Fork Black Warrior River
San Bois Creek
Locust Fork Black Warrior River
Little Tennessee River
Port Allen-Morgan City Alternate Route
Interested mariners and maritime stakeholders can provide input at https://www.surveymonkey.com/
The survey will be available until .
In addition to reviewing input from the survey, the WAMS study will analyze cargo data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterborne Statistics Center. Automatic Identification System (AIS) marine traffic data will also be analyzed and compared with environmental conditions, such as ice and water levels.
The Western Rivers study is the third of a series of U.S. Coast Guard navigation systems reviews. The first study identified requirements for the Atlantic and Gulf Seacoast and the second study is reviewing navigation requirements for the Pacific Seacoast and Islands.
Through these system-wide navigation studies, the U.S. Coast Guard is reviewing its nation-wide policy on the use of ATON and delivery of Marine Safety Information to promote the safety of future maritime transportation and commerce on U.S. navigable waters.