SURVEY: Use the waterways? U.S. Coast Guard has questions for you

As Jim Borrow‘s photo from today’s port-crane move reminds us, Puget Sound can be a busy place. If you’re among those who navigate its waters, the U.S. Coast Guard has a survey for you. Here’s the announcement they asked us to share:

The Coast Guard is seeking public comment in regard to its ongoing Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of Puget Sound from Possession Sound to Dalco Passage. [map]

The Coast Guard uses WAMS to validate the adequacy of existing aids to navigation (ATON) system, as well as to get a better understanding of the uses of each waterway and general safety issues.

WAMS focuses on the waterway’s current ATON system, marine casualty information, port and harbor resources, changes in recreational and commercial marine vessel usage and future development projects.

The comment deadline is Nov. 20. For more information contact Lt. j.g Katie Matha at 206-220-7283 or

To participate in the survey, go here and choose the Puget Sound North survey.

5 Replies to "SURVEY: Use the waterways? U.S. Coast Guard has questions for you"

  • Victoria August 27, 2020 (7:49 pm)

    I could not find a clickable link to the survey on the linked page. It does have the description but No link.

    • WSB August 27, 2020 (7:56 pm)

      Yes, it’s there, I checked before publishing this and just checked again. Scroll down the linked page, look for Puget Sound North, and to its right, “click here for survey.”

  • R August 28, 2020 (9:24 am)

    Do they really want responses? The link is buried (had to use a word search with your directions for another commenter), the region described kind of nebulous, and the link just leads to a downlaodable pdf. Seems like this should be better targeted and use common easily available survey tools and practices. Perhaps this was addressed, I didn’t read further when I saw the setup.

    • WSB August 28, 2020 (4:13 pm)

      I would say bureaucracy’s to blame for the user-unfriendly format. On the other hand, this may be further than they’ve gone before in soliciting comment. Maybe if you can spare a few moments, a note to the listed contact person (who sent it to us, and that’s a step forward too, rather than just expecting these things to be discovered somehow) with your suggestions might help spur change!

    • katie September 1, 2020 (1:57 pm) on the blue link that says “click here for survey” and yes, they do want your input. You can print it out, handwrite your comments and email it to which is on the survey.

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