Guide for Multiple Use Waterway Management

Project Overview
A Guide For Multiple Use Waterway Management (Third Edition)

The project goal of A Guide For Multiple Use Waterway Management (Third Edition) is to reduce recreational boating fatalities and injuries through improved understanding of and accessibility to tools needed to implement sound management processes on shared recreational waters.This project is designed to provide current direction for effective waterway management, including policy development, and communication for public understanding, acceptance, and compliance.

The project will advance the National Recreational Boating Safety Program 2017-2021 Strategic Plan. A challenge for Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) program management identified in the Strategic Plan states, “RBS program management activities need clear direction for the next wave of effective implementation. Improved management of programs, processes, and productivity within the RBS Program can lead to a significant and positive impact on the public’s perception of desirable safety behaviors in recreation boating.” It further reads, “Some policy and regulatory interventions and requirements are outdated. Laws and policies must be continuously reviewed and, if necessary, revised to accommodate advances in safety (e.g., technology). These advances must be communicated to the public and other stakeholders in the National RBS Program in a manner that fosters understanding and more importantly, compliance.” 

The First Edition (1996) and Second Edition (2004) of the Guide form the basis for the updated product. Updates for the Third Edition design includes an electronic format to make the Guide accessible to broader audiences.

A Waterway Management Project Steering Committee, comprised of recognized waterway management subject matter experts, is guiding the project. The Steering Committee is developing a process to identify, review, and, as needed, provide context or annotations for information used in the Guide to incorporate the most up-to-date, quality information on management implementation and outcomes. The outcomes of a nationwide survey of resource management agencies will inform the Waterway Management Project Steering Committee. The survey is now underway through August 1, 2020 at (

The Third Edition is expected to be completed in fall/winter 2020.

For additional information, contact Pamela Dillon, NASBLA Project Director, at
2020 Waterway Management Project Steering Committee
(As of June 23, 2020)

American Canoe Association
Robin Pope, Board President
Kelsey Bracewell, SEIC

American Waterways Operators
Thomas Allegretti, Senior Executive Officer

Chicago Harbor Safety Committee
David Brezina, J.D., Secretary

Florida Fish and Wildlife
Gary Klein, Boating Law Administrator

Passenger Vessel Association
Terri Bernstein, VP of Operations, BB Riverboats, Inc.
Chris Gallup, Director of Operations, Hornblower Cruises and Events
Steve Jones, Captain, Gateway Clipper Fleet

Public Member 
Eleanor Mariani, CT Boating Law Administrator (Retired)

River Management Society
David Cernicek, Wild & Scenic Rivers/River Ranger Forest Service Bridger-Teton National Forest

States Organization for Boating Access
Randy Henry, Oregon Marine Board

U.S. Coast Guard
LCDR John Downing, Office of Waterways & Ocean Policy, Waterways Policies & Activities Division (CG-WWM-1)
Tom Dardis, Recreational Boating Safety Outreach Coordinator, Boating Safety Division (CG-BSX-21), Grant Technical Manager

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Pam Doty, National Water Safety Program Manager

Waterways Association of Pittsburgh
David Podurgiel of Murray American Transportation, WAP Navigation Committee Chair
Michael Graham of the Gateway Clipper Fleet, WAP President

Risa Shimoda, Project Technical Consultant, The Shimoda Group, Executive Director – River Management Society
Pamela Dillon, Project Director
Dr. Deb Gona, Project Consultant/Advisor
Alex Otte, Project Writer
Ron Sarver, Project Web Design
A Guide For Multiple Use Waterway Management, 2nd Edition, 2004

A Guide for Multiple Use Waterway Management
Produced by the National Water Safety Congress, Inc., in partnership with the National Association of Boating Law Administrators; copyright 2004. One tool for resource managers, planners, regulators, and other waterway stakeholders and professionals trying to make sense of an evolving body of information about multiple use waterway issues and conflicts and site-appropriate ways for coming to terms with them.
A Guide For Multiple Use Waterway Management, 1st Edition, 1996 

A Guide for Multiple Use Waterway Management, First Edition, 1996 cover
Produced by the National Water Safety Congress, Inc.; copyright 1996.
Produced under a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.