Coast Guard Proposes Changes to Navigational Buoys in Rhode Island

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Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England is proposing changes that may affect 12 of the approximately 425 federal aids to navigation (ATON) in Narragansett Bay and Block Island Sound. 

In its public notice, the Coast Guard states that these changes will “maintain or improve navigation safety while increasing the efficiency and cost effectiveness” of the overall ATON program.  The notice continues: “Our review suggests that the 43 aids identified in this proposal consume Coast Guard (and taxpayer) resources that exceed any navigation safety benefit delivered to the boating public.”

Of the 12 buoys identified for modification, 9 have been identified for removal (see list below).   

Public comment on the proposed changes should be submitted to Mr. Edward G. LeBlanc at (401) 435-2351, or Edward.G.LeBlanc@uscg.mil by June 30, 2016.  No changes will take place before November 1, 2016.

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