Aware and Informed: The New Hudson River

Were you boating this past weekend?

If so, then you met New NY Bridge Team Outreach members George Paschalis and Andy O’Rourke, and US Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel Don Elmendorf, as they visited boat clubs and marinas in Westchester and Rockland Counties.

Getting law enforcement onboard/New NY Bridge Outreach

Getting law enforcement onboard/New NY Bridge Outreach

Armed with fact sheets, they talked with boaters about the new enhanced safety measures near the Tappan Zee Bridge that encompass suggestions from last October’s Hudson River roundtable.

Detailed information —including the Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners, excerpted and in its entirety — is listed under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website. A LNM primer is here.

boater safety RNA

Educating new and experienced boaters can be challenging, especially during fishing season, HRBYCA past-president Frank Bergman said last year. “Every spring, we have new boaters who don’t know the rules, no matter how much paperwork we give them,” HVMTA past-president Gabe Capobianchi agreed.

The state’s recently-enacted Safe Boating Law requires anyone born on or after May 1, 1996, to complete an eight-hour boating safety course before operating a mechanically-propelled vessel in the state’s navigable waters. Those born before May 1, 1996, are exempt.

It's never too soon to learn the importance of water safety/New NY Bridge Outreach

It’s never too soon to learn the importance of water safety/New NY Bridge Outreach

GPS trackers are being placed on construction equipment, and a geo (electronic) fence will be placed around the work zone. Additional measures include lighted buoy markers from Tappan Zee Marina in Piermont to the 600-foot wide main channel, marked with temporary navigational lights.

Clearly posted guidelines as per last fall's roundtable/New NY Bridge Outreach

Clearly posted guidelines as per last fall’s roundtable/New NY Bridge Outreach

The Coast Guard’s expanded Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) is 500 yards north and 500 yards south of the span. While temporary and permanent piles are illuminated at night, activity in the river means BE EXTRA CAREFUL.

Contact info: New NY Bridge is here, Westchester County boating safety is here, and Rockland County boater safety is here. It’s urgently important to boat safely and responsibly, and to know what to do in case of an emergency. Stay safe, and have fun!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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