The rise and fall of river water levels is a constant, impacted by flooding and drought. It’s something those who work on or around the river contend with on a regular basis. This year, rivers throughout the Midwest region are experiencing record low water levels and natural relief through the winter may be minimal. As water levels drop, the channels in which ships and barges travel shrink in width and depth, creating difficulties for shipping commerce. The U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers and shipping industries are working together to adapt to the pressure of keeping the Mississippi River open for commerce and the public.
The Coast Guard Cutter Greenbrier, homeported in Natchez, Miss., follows a star with strong leadership. This northern star guides the crew of the Greenbrier towards a safer tomorrow, and safe mission execution. Petty Officer 1st Class Eli North is the north star of the Greenbrier and has won the hearts of his crew in the one year he has spent as a deck supervisor.
Like many places around the country, the cold season has arrived on the Great Lakes. Operational seasonality is an ongoing reality for all who call the region home, and Great Lakes crews are all preparing for the ice to come. Just as the summer months bring a busy schedule due to increased search and rescue and law enforcement cases, the winter brings a hectic schedule full of ice maintenance operations including search and rescue, ice-breaking and aids-to-navigation.
We asked our Facebook fans if they could ask a buoy tender sailor anything, what would it be? And with more than 300 questions asked, it was clear you were all eager to hear more about the men and women [...]
Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Reinhart, 9th Coast Guard District public affairs. Although not as exciting as search and rescue or maritime law enforcement, the Coast Guard’s aids to navigation mission is an essential link that helps sustain [...]
What body of water is the largest system of fresh, surface water on Earth, containing roughly 21 percent of the world’s supply? If you answered the Great Lakes, you are correct! The entire Great Lakes system is connected by a [...]
A young woman, who grew up watching Coast Guard boats in action along the waterfront of her hometown, walked into her local recruiting office with a desire to serve. The recruiter asked what she was interested in and she simply stated, [...]
Hurricane Irene may have happened in the summer of 2011, but the storm’s impact continues to affect maritime communities; the hurricane’s winds destroyed more than 500 aids to navigation in the mid-Atlantic region alone. With the aids playing a critical [...]
Our third video finalist features the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake, home ported in Everett, Wash., working the decks on a mission to maintain aids to navigation in the Puget Sound area.
As the world celebrates the 40th Earth Day, we decided to take a look at a few of the ways the Coast Guard is working to be a greener organization. In March 2007, Admiral Allen released The Commandant’s Environmental Stewardship [...]