April 9, 2024 | Circular No. 11654

Dear Members,

The Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) Waterways Program needs to establish its priorities for the maintenance and dredging of the various channels and waterways in the Great Lakes region. The CCG is therefore calling on the expertise and knowledge of waterway users to help develop its work plan for the coming years. Given the ongoing challenge of allocating resources to projects, it is essential that CCG work with waterway users to identify priority areas for dredging. To this end, the CCG has developed a series of questions on which the Federation would like to hear your views. For more details, please refer to the attached document. We request you to kindly submit your response/comments by the end of the week on the following questions:

1) From the user’s standpoint, are there any additional factors beyond those already mentioned in the attached presentation that you would like to suggest for consideration in the dredging planning?

2) Are there specific areas of concerns in the maintained channels of the St.Clair or Detroit Rivers? and if so, what in particular (i.e. tight turns, narrow channels, quick buildup of silt)? You can use the names of waterways sectors on appendices to identify area.

3) Is the current format for Shoal Notices appropriate or is the format easy to use? (Refer to Slide 9 of the attached)

4) Do you regularly utilize the new Canadian Coast electronic portal (e-nav), where you can access, among other things, the latest channel survey results? If not, would you be interested in learning more about the information available on the portal?

Please feel free to include any additional topics you deem important and if you have questions, do not hesitate to contact the undersigned.

Sincerely,

Cédric Baumelle,
Director, Marine Operations