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The US Coast Guard Wants Your Feedback! 

Attention: All Boat Operators! 

The US Coast Guard wants your feedback to help improve the Aids to Navigation (ATON) in the Nation’s Shallow Draft Waterways Systems.

Please take this survey by November 1st:

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The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting a short on-line survey to assess the National Shallow Draft Waterway Systems. The study will help the Coast Guard to determine the Aids to Navigation (ATON) requirements in the Shallow Draft Waterway Systems which includes all navigable waterways of the United States less than 12 feet in depth.

The purpose of this study is to determine the navigational needs and requirements of vessels operating in shallow draft navigable waterways throughout the country. The study will focus on the existing shallow water ATON system, future development projects, waterborne commerce transiting these waters, and marine casualty information. Waterway users, interested parties, and stakeholders are invited to provide comments or feedback via the tool posted at


Who should take the survey?

The survey is geared toward boaters who operate on navigable waters of the US where the depth is 12 feet or less.

·      All recreational boaters

·      Commercial operators (construction/cargo/fishing)

·      Local and state agency boat operators

Questions include years of experience, waters where you operate and how often, what navigation tools you use (radar, electronic charting systems, etc.), your concerns and more!

Take the survey TODAY at

This link will remain available until November 1, 2020.  

Further questions or comments may be emailed to using the subject line: “Shallow Draft WAMS”.