MKARNS Nav Notice No. SWL 24-25 Solar Eclipse Advisory NM 100 to NM 300

Notice Number: 206322/SWL 24-25
Date: 04/03/2024 05:00 thru 04/09/2024 04:45

Mariners are advised to exercise caution on Monday April 8, 2024 when transiting the area between NM 100 and NM 300 on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. It is anticipated there will be a higher volume than normal of recreational vessels in the area, many of which may be operated by individuals unfamiliar with the navigation system. Some pleasure craft may unknowingly be moored in the navigation channel to observe the eclipse. Mariners are further advised to expect higher than normal recreational traffic in the days leading up to this event.

Local, State, and Federal agencies are anticipating as many as 1.5 million visitors to Arkansas during the days surrounding this event. Mariners are advised this could impact planned fuel/supply deliveries and crew changes and it is recommended that mariners consider avoiding scheduling of these activities in this zone from April 3, 2024 to April 10, 2024.

Questions or requests for additional information concerning this notice should be directed to the Little Rock District Office, at (501) 324-5096 or you may email CESWL-OP-OM@usace.army.mil.

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Joshua M Hendricks, Chief, Operations Technical Support Branch Operations Division