07/30/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/30/2021 14:36
Every year about 260 million visits to the more than 400 USACE lake and river projects where visitors exercise, spend time with their families or just enjoy a lazy afternoon. USACE is continually working to maintain and improve the parks surrounding these lake and river projects, including adding new recreational features, usually in partnership with local governments or private recreation organizations. Visit Corps Lakes Gateway and start planning your trip to a USACE lake or river project today!
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Warmer weather is almost here and that means millions of Americans will be planning visits to our nation's lakes and rivers. As the steward of many of these public waters, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds visitors of the importance of practicing safe, sensible, and thoughtful activities in and around the water.
Tragically, several people lose their lives while visiting USACE lands and waters every year. The majority of the tragedies are water-related. The public's help is needed to reduce the number of fatalities at the more than 2,800 USACE-managed recreation areas nationwide. USACE personnel stress the importance of water safety year-round when talking with visitors, but especially during the summer season because that is when most public recreation fatalities occur.
People of all ages are strongly encouraged to practice water safety this summer. Before entering or being around the water, keep these five things in mind because they could save your life or the life of someone you care about.
Learn more water safety tips by visiting www.PleaseWearIt.com and following Please Wear It on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
In addition to water safety, USACE reminds all visitors, volunteers, and employees that a face mask is required in all USACE buildings and facilities to slow the spread of COVID-19. Masks should also be worn outdoors on USACE-managed lands when attending crowded events, and non-vaccinated individuals should wear masks outdoors when social distancing cannot be met, such as hiking on trails.
USACE is one of the nation's leading federal providers of outdoor and water-based recreation, hosting millions of visits annually to its more than 400 lake and river projects. It's estimated that 90 percent of the USACE-operated recreation areas are within 50 miles of metropolitan areas, offering diverse outdoor activities for all ages close to home. For more information on USACE recreation sites and activities, visit www.CorpsLakes.us.
Water safety tips: www.PleaseWearIt.com
IWR's support of Value to the Nation & Recreation programs on the IWR website: www.iwr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Value-to-the-Nation/Recreation/
Water Safety - Fun for Kids: www.bobber.info