Coast Guard: lighthouse not required for safe navigation

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The Coast Guard is releasing a Waterways Analysis and Management System report on the Umpqua River in Oregon that states the Umpqua River Lighthouse is not required for safe navigation.

This determination opens the door for the U.S. Coast Guard to begin the process to discontinue the beacon as a federal aid to navigation.

Specific plans for the disposition of the lighthouse will be made at a later time.  There are currently no plans to remove the historic Fresnel lens from the lighthouse.

One possible future action is the transfer of ownership of a lighthouse via the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000.

A copy of the Waterways Analysis and Management System report can be found at: http://www.uscg.mil

Click here for the full report.