Why do We Need America's Waterway Watch?

For over 200 years, members of the United States Coast Guard have dedicated their lives to keeping America's waterways safe, secure, and environmentally sound. With such a diverse set of missions, there is no way we could be so successful in those missions without creating partnerships with the American public.

One of our Service's greatest strengths is that we routinely reach out to assist and collaborate with others to achieve common goals. If you live, work, or recreate near the water – as tens of millions of Americans do – you too have a vital role to play through a program called America's Waterway Watch.

America's Waterway Watch is an extension of the successful program we launched in 2006. We've enhanced it to make it more dynamic and easier for the public to engage with us in being the eyes and ears for the brave men and women working hard to keep our homeland safe.

Your help will vastly increase the reach and power of your Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard and all of America's homeland defenders.

Through America's Waterway Watch, you can make a difference.


What Else Should I Do?

Secure and lock your boat when not on board. Take the keys. Disable the engine on stored or trailered boats, and make sure the boat is not easily moved.

If you manage a waterside facility where employees such as dockmasters or attendants wear uniforms or safety apparel with identifying logos, badges and/or nametags, make sure the uniforms are stored in a relatively secure area -- safe from theft by potential terrorists who may want to blend in by assuming a false identity

Display an America's Waterway Watch decal prominently on a window of your boat or at your place of business

Marinas and other waterfront businesses should display an AWW poster, and have informational brochures and decals readily available for customers who want to participate in the program. A key deterrent to terrorism is publicizing the fact that people are watching for suspicious activity.

If you feel you could use further information about AWW or training on how to identify suspicious activities, contact your local Coast Guard office or a local Flotilla of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The U.S. Coast Guard or U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be pleased to arrange formal classroom training for all of your employees. You may be asked to provide classroom facilities, and materials (i.e. Large enough meeting room, video projector, white board, markers, etc).

To report suspicious activity: Call the National Response Center at 1-877-24WATCH
If there is immediate danger to life or property, call 911 or the U.S. Coast Guard on Channel 16

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This page was last reviewed / modified June 26, 2017