Waterway Watch is the initial and primary Coast Guard Auxiliary program launched as a component of Operation Patriot Readiness,
and is a major part of the Coast Guard's maritime security initiative.
Waterway Watch promotes public awareness and involvement in Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA)
and Maritime Homeland Security (MHLS) activities.
Waterway Watch involves all Auxiliarists, both those performing direct operational missions
and those involved in Recreational Safe Boating operational support activities.