A study by the Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center concluded that the current rules governing vessel traffic across Chicago’s electric fish dispersal barrier effectively address the risks posed by the barrier’s electrified waters, the Coast Guard announced on Tuesday.
Coast Guard regulations prescribe operating rules and guidance for commercial and recreational mariners transiting the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.
While the total risk associated with the barrier was deemed relatively low, certain scenarios presented markedly higher risks. These higher risk scenarios involve a person falling into the water, either from a vessel or from the riverbank, and receiving an electric shock.
The report makes recommendations that could further reduce these risks.
“Our primary mission is to safeguard people and vessels operating on the navigable waters of the United States,” said Cmdr. Scott Anderson, chief of inspections and investigations for the Coast Guard Ninth District.