Coast Guard conducting survey of Lake Champlain navigation needs

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:


(BOSTON) — The Coast Guard is scheduled to conduct a waterways analysis and management system study of Lake Champlain.

Coast Guard policy requires the study be conducted every five years to ensure safe waterways and efficient navigational systems.

The study will focus on the aids to navigation system, waterborne commerce, marine casualty information, emergency response plans, routine and emergency communication capabilities, and future development projects on the lake.

Geographically, the study encompasses Lake Champlain’s main passage, Cumberland Head to Four Brothers Island, Four Brothers Island to Barber Point, Barber Point to Whitehall, Port Henry, La Motte Passage, the Gut-North Entrance, Goose Bay, Treadwell Bay, Cumberland Bay, Balcour Island Channel, Stave Island to Mallets Bay Channel, Appletree Bay, Burlington Bay, and Burlington Bay South Entrance. Additionally, the study will include Lake Memphremagog.

Anyone interested in providing comments or participating in a user survey should, no later than July 1, 2009, contact:

Commander, Sector Northern New England,

259 High St. South Portland ME 04106,

ATTN: Ens. Terence Leahy, (207)741-5421

By Professional Mariner Staff