Public Comment Sought in Narragansett Bay Nav System Study

Members of Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team demonstrate placing a buoy in the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Crystalynn A. Kneen.

The Coast Guard is conducting a waterway study for the Approaches to Quonset Point and Davisville, including the area between Quonset/Davisville and Prudence Island. This study will be used to determine the effectiveness of the waterways and the aids to navigation system within this focused area of the Narragansett Bay.

The following areas will be studied (see NOAA navigation charts 13221 and 13223):

  1. The approach channel to Quonset Pt. and Davisville, RI and
  2. The area of Narragansett Bay surrounding Hope Island, Boiler awash, and Despair Island.

The data gathered in this study will be used to determine the need for altering or modifying the waterways or aids to navigation and hazard markings in the study area. The last WAMS study for this area was completed in October 2007. That study recommended no major changes to the waterways or aids to navigation system in this area.

Mariners and other concerned parties are invited to comment on aids to navigation and any other waterways issues in the study area by:

  1. Attending a public meeting at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, 20 Rischo Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914, on August 24 at 6:00 P.M., and/or
  2. Completing a survey which may be downloaded from here:  WAMS Quonset Point/Davisville RI Study /

Completed surveys should be e-mailed, faxed or mailed to the address below by September 1, 2011:

  • United States Coast Guard
  • Sector Southeastern New England
  • Waterways Management Division
  • 20 Rischo Ave
  • East Providenece, RI 02914
  • ATTN: LT Ward

Fax: 401.435.2399


Additional questions may be addressed to Mr. Edward G. LeBlanc at (401-435-2351) or

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