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Reported Obstructions and Alerts

DISCLAIMER: Obstruction removal is ultimately the responsibility of the property owner.  The agency, along with marine law enforcement may work with property owners on mitigation plans. The agency will selectively mitigate obstructions based on the location, type of boating traffic/frequency, ability to mitigate using equipment from land/water and meeting the definition of "extraordinary hazard" to boating safety.  Rivers are dynamic and high water events frequently change the location of obstructions. Downed trees and other debris also provide important habitat for fish and marine life.  Each obstruction is evaluated individually after consultation with Marine Law Enforcement.  Where practical, marine deputies may attempt to create safe passage with recommendations for boaters, in addition to posting signage at nearby ramps.  It's the boater/floater's responsibility to scout ahead, keep a sharp lookout and take early and substantial action to avoid being taken by the current into an obstruction.   

NOAA Seeks Survey Responses

The National Weather Service, in an effort to help simplify and reduce the number of our products, is going to propose (in the very near future) eliminating the term "Advisory" from our Watch, Warning, Advisory products.  The public information statement below explains this in more detail.  As part of this change we are also proposing that "Small Craft Advisory" be changed to "Small Craft Warning".  The criteria for the Small Craft Warning will be the same as the current Small Craft Advisory, is a name change only.  There is precedent for this.  Back in the 1970's this product used to be called a Small Craft Warning.  The public information statement below contains a link to a survey in which we are seeking feedback to this renaming proposal.  The survey will be live through May 24, 2020. 

Public Information Statement

Survey on the proposal to rename Small Craft Advisory to Small Craft Warning (very short survey - 4 questions)  



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