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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
St. Paul District
Public Affairs Office
332 Minnesota St., Suite E1500
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (651) 290-5807
Fax: (651) 290-5752
St. Paul District's Brad Labadie, Park Ranger at Eau Galle Recreation Area in Spring Valley, Wisconsin, was out at Lake Minnetonka on April 25, 2015, to teach a little about water safety during the Minnetonka and Victoria Lions clubs’ crappie fishing contest. The event was a fundraiser with all proceeds helping send 15 children to the American Diabetes Association's Camp Needlepoint in Hudson, Wisconsin, for a week this summer.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is urging everyone to be safe when recreating on lakes and rivers this upcoming holiday weekend.
The Corps is recommending the following water safety tips for the Fourth of July week:
Boaters: Before getting underway, know your boat and know the rules of the river or lake.
Swimmers: Since most drowning victims had no intention of being in water and since most people drown within 10-30 feet of safety, it is important that you and your family learn to swim well. Please remember:
• Don’t overestimate your swimming skills;
• Swim only in designated swimming areas and never swim alone; and
• Never rely on toys such as inner tubes and water wings to stay afloat – life jackets work better.
The nearly 650 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2014 $100 million budget, nearly 1,600 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $155 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.
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Release no. 15-026
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