The Guide for Multiple Use Waterway Management (Third Edition) is produced under a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund administered by the United States Coast Guard (USCG). For more information, visit www.uscgboating.org. Reference in this Guide to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) provided project oversight with significant support and guidance from steering committee members.

The guide, published under NASBLA copyright to safeguard intended use, is available for general use and distribution by interested parties at no cost. As the federal awarding agency, the U.S. Coast Guard reserves a royalty-free, nonexclusive and irrevocable right to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the work for Federal purposes, and to authorize others to do so as specified in the Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR 200.315).

The project steering committee represents a broad range of users, acknowledging that not everyone using this resource thinks about the topics in the same way. To that understanding, the guide includes multiple, sometimes contradictory, perspectives.

Guide sections may be independently referenced, not requiring a thorough reading or understanding of other sections. Therefore, some references are posted in multiple locations if relevant.

The steering committee understands limits to identify and adequately speak for every audience within its unique parameters. However, it is the hope that this guide provides a starting point to consider real-life circumstances and situations. The Guide may not address unforeseen topics not clearly understood at this time. We invite researchers, project managers, and users to submit additional resources for review and potential posting as references on specific topics to waterway.management@nasbla.org.