Waterway Management Plans

These Waterway Management Plans have been jointly prepared by the marine industry, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  TVA is the lead agency for the development and revision of the Tennessee River plan.  The plans are intended to facilitate the safe and orderly movement of barge traffic during high and low water navigation events on each plan’s specific river.


In September 1995, the Mississippi River Industry Executive Task Force in conjunction with the USCG and the USACE chartered the Mississippi River Crisis Response Working Group to develop a plan for responding to navigational emergencies on the Mississippi River.  The plan prepared by the Mississippi River Crisis Response Working Group was called the Mississippi River Crisis Action Plan (MRCAP).


These plans are analogous to MRCAP with special focus on the unique nature of the Cumberland River and Tennessee River reservoir systems. Accordingly, the plans deal with potential navigation emergencies on the Cumberland River and Tennessee River waterways.  Towing industry input was invaluable in preparing this document.


While the bodies of the documents are designed to rarely need updating, the appendices are annual reviewed and updated as necessary.  This is reflected by placing the date through which the document is current on the cover sheet and on each appendix when it is updated.  To protect individual privacy, the Point of Contact section has been blanked out.


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