Information and Resources to help you navigate Covid-19

We here at US Harbors are collecting all the information we can to help you through these strange times.

The situation around the country, and the world, is changing at a rapid rate. We endeavor to keep our information up to date and relevant. Please be aware that regulations do vary from state to state. You can find all our Covid-19 related news under this tag /covid-19

Is Boating a Safe Social Distancing Activity?

In most circumstances, boating is a safe activity in terms of limiting infection. Please be aware of the specific rules at the local marina or town boat ramp – getting into the water can be the most high risk part of the boating trip, depending on how busy the boat launch area is. Please also take into consideration who accompanies you on your boat. It is advised to limit boat passengers to those already in your household. Some states have a limit on the number of people allowed on a boat.

Once out on the water, maintain distance from other boats, and be extra vigilant of those in the water around you. Boaters, as a type, are generally very safety conscious, and that attitude is just as important now as it ever is. Every prevented accident is one less thing that our brave key workers have tackle – keeping the resources available to deal with the covid-19 pandemic.

More rules, tips and advice can be found here: Must-Know Rules for 2020 Summer Boating During COVID 19

Where Can I Go Boating?

 

What Boat Ramps are Open in My Area?

 

What events are still going on?

Many events have been cancelled to limit spread of the coronavirus. Some are able to transition to a virtual. online version of the event, and some are postponed till later in the year, or the following year altogether. We are still posting events on our site, however we encourage you to check directly with the organizer before attending. You can see all the events here: usharbors.com/event-listings/

Help for Coastal Businesses

We are posting updates from any and all coastal business, organization or local authority. If you want to get word out to boaters in your area, you can submit news for our weekly update here: usharbors.com/supporting-our-coastal-businesses/

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Largest US Quake in Half-century Causes Alaska Little Damage

7/31/2021 by US Harbors

By Mark Thiessen. ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The largest earthquake in the United States in the last half century produced a lot of shaking but spared Alaska any major damage in a sparsely populated region, officials said Thursday. The magnitude 8.2 earthquake was reported about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, and it… SEE MORE

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Tokyo Games Could be the Hottest Summer Olympics Ever

7/30/2021 by US Harbors

By Will Jarvis. Years before the coronavirus pandemic delayed the Tokyo Games, caused an uproar over public safety and left arenas empty, researchers were sounding the alarm over another concern for the world’s top athletes: extreme heat. Tokyo’s Olympic and Paralympic Games are expected to be one of — if… SEE MORE

Florida Red Tide Mid-Week Update

7/29/2021 by US Harbors

Current Conditions A bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists on the Florida Gulf Coast and in Tampa Bay. Conditions remain improved in most areas of Tampa Bay relative to prior weeks. Over the past week, K. brevis was detected in 109 samples. Bloom concentrations (>100,000 cells/liter) were observed in 59 samples: seven from Pasco County, 12… SEE MORE

Even an unnamed storm can expose a harbor's vulnerabilities. Make a storm plan now to prevent surprises this summer.

'Destructive' Severe Thunderstorm Warning to Trigger Emergency Alerts on Mobile Phones

7/27/2021 by US Harbors

The National Weather Service has announced that a new category of “Destructive” Severe Thunderstorm Warning will trigger wireless Emergency Alerts on mobile phones starting August 2. Severe thunderstorms can be life threatening, but not all severe storms are the same. The National Weather Service has announced that a new category… SEE MORE

Photo Courtesy of AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Mel Melcon

Massive Wildfires in US West Bring Haze to East Coast

7/21/2021 by US Harbors

By Gillian Flaccus. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Wildfires in the American West, including one burning in Oregon that’s currently the largest in the U.S., are creating hazy skies as far away as New York as the massive infernos spew smoke and ash into the air in columns up to six… SEE MORE

https://apnews.com/article/science-fires-environment-and-nature-oregon-wildfires-3255d07c698462a9221c090f212ac98e/gallery/cadcfa0ac4e64fa6ad729b944b0e8500

Oregon Wildfire Forms ‘Fire Clouds’ that Pose Danger Below

7/18/2021 by US Harbors

By Gillian Flaccus. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Smoke and heat from a massive wildfire in southeastern Oregon are creating giant “fire clouds” over the blaze — dangerous columns of smoke and ash that can reach up to 6 miles (10 kilometers) in the sky and are visible from more than… SEE MORE

oastline of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama Credit: Mike Reynolds Uploaded by mrjohncummings, Public Domain,

AP Interview: EPA Water Chief on Clean Water Protections

7/15/2021 by US Harbors

By Suman Naishadham. WASHINGTON (AP) — To finally determine a lasting definition of waterways that qualify for federal protection under the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new water director says everyone with a stake in the issue will need to be engaged. Radhika Fox recently spoke to The… SEE MORE

June 2021 was the Hottest June on Record for U.S.

7/13/2021 by US Harbors

Exceptional heat waves from coast to coast helped push June 2021 to the No. 1 spot on the list of hottest Junes on record for the U.S. The first six months of 2021 also brought eight billion-dollar weather disasters, ranging from destructive severe weather to a historic deep freeze, according to experts… SEE MORE