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The Prevention Department’s function focuses on gaining compliance with regulatory standards, and the design and maintenance of waterway systems to prevent incidents. The Prevention Department oversees vessel and facility inspections; casualty and personnel investigations, marine environmental protection, waterways management, and aids to navigation (ATON) program across the Sector’s area of responsibility.

Areas of Operations

Sector UMR Main Office:
Upper Mississippi River Mile Marker 109.9 to 343.0
Illinois River Mile Marker 00.0 to 65.0
Missouri River Mile Marker 00.0 to 734.0

MSD Peoria:
Illinois River Mile Marker 65.0 to 187.0

MSD Quad Cities:
Upper Mississippi River Mile Marker 343.0 to 615.0

MSD St. Paul:
Upper Mississippi River Mile Marker 615.0 to 857.6
Missouri River Mile Marker 734.0 to 980.0


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Waterways Analysis and Management System study for the Missouri River

 The Waterways Analysis and Management System was implemented to ensure a complete and organized process for matching waterway attributes and services, most significantly the aids to navigation system, with user needs.  The Missouri River study includes the navigable waters from Sioux City, Iowa to St. Louis, Mo. and specifically targets the navigation channel, marking of the navigation channel, and commerce. The studies are conducted periodically to better understand the user’s needs and facilitate safe and effective waterways.  Some of the aspects addressed by WAMS are:

            Are all the aids necessary?

           Should aids be added, changed or removed?

           Is the right aid being used for the job?

           Are the aids marked in a correct and visible manner?

           Are these aids being used properly by both the Coast Guard and the waterway users?

 The Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River will hold a public listening session from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on FEBRUARY 25, 2015 to present, and receive feedback on, the Missouri River Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study. The listening session will be held at the Jerry Litton Visitor Center, located at Smithville Lake, 16311 DD Hwy, Smithville, MO 64089. 

 Additionally, any interested company or individual wishing to submit comments on existing or additional aids to navigation in this area, participate in a user survey, or receive further information can do so via the user survey available HERE. The completed questionnaire must be submitted no later than April 10, 2015 and may be emailed to or fax to 314-269-2742, ATTN: Waterways Management.


 It is the intent of Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River to collect comments and materials from this listening session, along with navigation surveys, and other information to establish and preserve the reasonable needs of navigation on this river.  For more information, please contact Sector Upper Mississippi River Waterways Waterways Management at







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