America's Waterway Watch (AWW) is a Coast
Guard-sponsored nationwide program that helps prevent acts of terrorism and
other illegal activity that jeopardize maritime homeland security by
educating and training members of the maritime and recreational boating
organizations, as well as the boating public, to recognize and report
suspicious activity to appropriate authorities. Suspicious activity
refers, but is not limited to, activity regarding a vessel or pleasure
craft, marine structure, waterfront facility, person, vehicle, cargo, or
stores that a reasonably prudent person would consider out of the ordinary
or unusual based on the facts and circumstances for that situation.
AWW focuses on U.S. coast, ports, and waterways to provide enhanced
situational awareness to deter illegal activities and increase the
collection of information and knowledge about local routines or threats.
It offers real-time feedback across nearly every Coast Guard Mission set.
AWW combines federal, state, local, industry, and U.S. citizen resources to
unify DHS efforts in our waters.