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/

Health & Safety Filter

https://www.wriwx.com/

Severe Weather Preparedness: The Human Element is Key

9/25/2020 by US Harbors

By David Cannon, Director of Yacht Operations/Meteorologist WRIWX.com. The science of Meteorology and more particularly weather forecasting is an ever-evolving field. Let’s take for example its “infancy” … tracking changes and trends in weather through the use of weather instruments to collect data gave way to the use of radar… SEE MORE

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/23/well/move/is-it-safe-to-exercise-if-the-air-is-hazy-with-wildfire-smoke.html?surface=home-discovery-vi-prg&fellback=false&req_id=541271591&algo=identity&imp_id=825028871&action=click&module=Science%20%20Technology&pgtype=Homepage

Is It Safe to Exercise if the Air Is Hazy With Wildfire Smoke?

9/23/2020 by US Harbors

By Gretchen Reynolds. Should we exercise outside when the air is smoky? With smoke and ash from major wildfires still blanketing portions of California and the Northwest and murky plumes wafting across the nation, that issue is top of the mind for many of us and likely to remain a… SEE MORE

https://www.nola.com/multimedia/photos/collection_392fa028-fcd1-11ea-9402-9b2f18790014.html#3

Tropical Storm Beta Floods Galveston, Coastal Areas of Texas

9/23/2020 by US Harbors

By The Associated Press. Storm surge and rainfall combined Tuesday to bring more flooding along the Texas coast after Tropical Storm Beta made landfall, threatening areas that have already seen their share of damaging weather during a busy hurricane season. The storm made landfall late Monday just north of Port… SEE MORE

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/17/us/how-to-help.html?referringSource=articleShare

Disasters on Two Coasts: How to Help

9/19/2020 by US Harbors

By Concepción de León and Christine Hauser. As wildfires continue to blaze through Oregon, California and Washington State, thousands of people have been displaced, millions of acres have been burned and state leaders are struggling to help survivors who have lost their homes and loved ones. At the same time, Hurricane Sally, which… SEE MORE

Sea-Level Rise: How Bad Will It Get, How Are Maine Communities Preparing & What Can Individuals Do?

9/18/2020 by US Harbors

By Cindy Han. Sea-level rise due to global warming along the coast of Maine is increasing at a rapid pace, with some estimates predicting levels to rise by as much as two feet by 2050. We’ll discuss what is causing the waters to rise more quickly, how it will impact… SEE MORE

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Smoke from Wildfires in the West Reaches East Coast and Europe

9/16/2020 by US Harbors

By Luke Money. The wildfires that have choked California’s skies with smoke in recent weeks – littering cities with ash, wreaking havoc on regional air quality and transforming the sun into an ominous red orb – have now stretched their sooty tendrils to the other side of the country and… SEE MORE

Chris Bedford, Meteorologist

New Podcast Episode: Chris Bedford, Meteorologist to the Sailing "Stars", Talks Coastal Weather

9/15/2020 by US Harbors

In this episode of our USH Harbors podcast–All About Our Coasts–Chris Bedford, famed meteorologist who has forecasted for the world’s most prestigious sailing races, talks about the challenges in predicting coastal weather, what recreational sailors should know about weather data and forecasts, and about what AI is good at–and not… SEE MORE

Sea Glass by Peter Ralston / ralstongallery.com

News from Our Coasts: September 2020

9/15/2020 by US Harbors

NEWS & UPDATES FOR SEPTEMBER News & Virtual Events from Our Partners Updates from Our Coastal Business Community Photos of the Month We are excited to announce the second annual National Harbormaster Appreciation Day will be celebrated on October 8th, 2020. The holiday, registered with the National Day Archive, is… SEE MORE