By Mark Edward Nero
US Coast Guard officials said May 23 that they’re seeking public comment while conducting a waterways analysis and management system review of the upper Columbia River from Vancouver, Washington, to the Bonneville Pools in the vicinity of Hood River.
Officials are seeking information from local mariners to validate the adequacy of the existing aids to navigation system, gain a better understanding of the uses of the waterway and general safety issues in the area before the comment deadline of Aug. 31.
Information collected from this survey is to be used to see what can be done to enhance safe navigation of the waterway and to anticipate and plan for future budgeting requirements.
The survey is available on the Coast Guard 13th District’s Waterways Analysis Management Study website at http://www.uscg.mil/d13/dpw/wams.asp.
Surveys can be mailed to: Commander, Marine Safety Unit Portland, ATTN: Chief Petty Officer Brian Berryhill, 6767 N. Basin Ave., Portland, Ore. 97217.
Surveys can also be faxed to (503) 240-2586, or they can also be scanned and e-mailed to d13-smb-MSUPortland FAC@uscg.mil.
For more information about the waterways management process, contact Chief Petty Officer Brian Berryhill at (503) 240-9305 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.