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    • 09/02/21 National Water Safety Awards Request for Nominations SUSPENSE: 10 December 2021
      I would like to take this opportunity to announce that the National Boating Federation (NBF) will be recognizing a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) employee and team for the extraordinary work that they have done to promote water safety and save lives on our nation's waterways. Water safety is one of our top priorities, so this is an excellent opportunity to recognize those that have done a great job promoting water safety by creating and implementing initiatives, utilizing available resources, sharing information effectively, developing partnerships, maintaining and improving recreation facilities, and much more.

      The NBF wishes to honor an outstanding USACE employee and team with a National Water Safety Award. These awards will be presented annually to recognize an outstanding individual and team for their significant contributions to boating and water safety.

      As stated in the attached criteria, nominations must be submitted through District Operations Chiefs to their respective MSC for consideration. Division Operations Chiefs should submit one nomination for each award to Pam Doty, National Water Safety Program Manager, NLT 10 December 2021. Nominations will be evaluated on the basis of content that should concisely describe innovative performance and specific accomplishments, during the current year only, towards promoting boating and water safety.

      Pam Doty is the point of contact regarding this award program and can be reached at pamela.j.doty@usace.army.mil or 817-886-1727.

      Jeff
      Jeffrey F. Krause
      Chief, Natural Resources Management

    • 06/16/21 2019-2020 National Water Safety Photo Contest Winners Announcement
      It is my pleasure to announce the winners of the 2019-2020 National Water Safety Photo Contest. Thanks to everyone who entered the photo contest and congratulations to the winners! Attached are the winning photos.

      First place winners are Michelle Briggs (LRE), Amber Tilton (NWP), Wesley Ward (SPK), Hilary Coleman (SPK), and John Perry (SAM). Second place winners are Carla Robinson (SPN), Michelle Briggs (LRE), Dustin Entrocaso (SPK), Garrett Hall (NWP), and Chelsea Jones (SPK). Honorable Mention Winners are Kyle Wiseman (MVS), Michelle Briggs (LRE), Carla Robinson (SPN), Carmen Paris (LRE), Tammy Cleveland (SAJ), Dawn Kovarik (MVS), Chelsea Jones (SPK), Dustin Entrocaso (SPK), Emma Aalbers (MVR), Jess Varner (SAM), John Perry (SAM), Mark Berman (SPN), Francis Ferrell (SAW), and Stacey Reese (SWT).

      The winning photos will be posted on the NRM Gateway at this link. https://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/emplo yees/watersafety/photos.cfm

      Thanks and Keep Taking Great Photos – Pam
      Pam Doty CIG, CIT
      National Water Safety Program Manager, HQUSACE

    • 06/16/21 2021-2022 Water Safety Photo Contest Guidelines
      Please note that the deadline for the 2021-2022 National Water Safety Photo Contest is 31 January 2023. For further information regarding this photo contest contact your Division Representative on the National Water Safety Committee. https://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/emp loyees/watersafety/members.cfm

      Thanks and Keep Taking Great Photos – Pam
      Pam Doty CIG, CIT
      National Water Safety Program Manager, HQUSACE

    • 05/26/21 2021 Water Safety Message to Commanders
      USACE Leaders - On behalf of MG Butch Graham, DCG-CEO, attached is the 2021 Water Safety Message for Commanders. USACE is fully committed to ensuring that visitors to our lake and river projects have a safe and enjoyable experience. While water safety is a priority throughout the year, as we approach the primary recreation season and anticipate a surge of visitors similar to last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to reinforce our attention to water safety.

      The FY 2011-2020 USACE Public Recreation Fatalities Information developed by the USACE National Operations Center (NOC) for Water Safety shows that 88 percent were men, 85 percent were 18 and older, and 89 percent were not wearing a life jacket. Keep in mind these statistics and the other information in the report when implementing water safety initiatives within your command.

      The actions, commitment and professionalism of our park rangers, managers and others have been instrumental in educating the public regarding water safety and reducing public recreation fatalities and injuries. A key part of our program is the "Life Jackets Worn...Nobody Mourns" National Water Safety Campaign that targets adults. Please take full advantage of this campaign and its resources.

      Please distribute this memorandum throughout your command. The Point of Contact for this matter is Pam Doty, National Water Safety Program Manager (817) 886-1727, Pamela.J.Doty@usace.army.mil.

      Respectfully,
      Tom

      Thomas P. Smith, P.E., SES
      US Army Corps of Engineers

    • 05/03/21 News Release - Army Corps of Engineers promotes water safety this summer season

    • 04/16/21 Enforcement of New U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Engine Cut-Off Switch Requirement
      The attached memorandum provides guidance on the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) new requirement requiring operators of recreational vessels, less than 26 feet in length, to use an engine cut-off switch (ECOS) and associated ECOS link.

      USACE has the authority to enforce this regulation under Title 36 CFR, Section 327.3(e), which stipulates that all vessels on project waters must comply with USCG boating safety regulations. The new USCG regulation is only applicable to recreational vessels. It does not apply to government-owned vessels. For USACE vessels less than 26 feet in length ER 385-1-91, Section 10.e. states, “Inspect and use the vessel engine cut-off device and safety lanyard, and attach the safety lanyard to their person (exclusive use of wireless engine cut-off devices are not authorized).”

      The USCG regulation was created to address the problem of recreational vessel operators who fall off or are suddenly and unexpectedly thrown from their vessel thereby causing the vessel to continue to operate with no one in control, which has led to injuries and fatalities. A Notice sign has been developed for USACE to use as an option to inform the public about this new requirement and is available on the NRM Gateway in the Sign Section.

      My point of contact for this action is Ms. Pam Doty, National Water Safety Program Manager, who can be reached at (817) 886-1727 or pamela.j.doty@usace.army.mil

      Jeff
      Jeffrey F. Krause
      Chief, Natural Resources Management

    • 02/17/21 2021 National Water Safety Award Winners
      It is my pleasure to announce the winners of the 2021 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Safety Awards from the National Boating Federation:

    • National USACE Water Safety Employee of the Year - Ms. Shawna Polen, Natural Resources Specialist, Coralville Lake, Rock Island District
    • National USACE Water Safety Team of the Year - J. Percy Priest Seasonal Park Ranger Team

      Division Water Safety Employee Award Winners:

    • SAD Water Safety Employee of the Year - Mr. Travis England, Allatoona Lake, Mobile District.
    • SWD Water Safety Employee of the Year - Ms. Stephanie Jones, Proctor Lake, Fort Worth District

      Division Water Safety Team Award Winners:

    • NWD Water Safety Team of the Year - Wilson Lake Natural Resources Management Staff, Kansas City District
    • SAD Water Safety Team of the Year - J. Strom Thurmond Lake Staff, Savannah District
    • SPD Water Safety Team of the Year - Abiquiu Lake Staff, Albuquerque District
    • SWD Water Safety Team of the Year - Hugo Area Natural Resources Management Staff, Tulsa District

      These awards recognize a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee and team that have contributed to boating and water safety in an effective manner that has made a difference in saving lives on our nation's waterways. We received exceptional nominations this year and all are worthy of recognition. I appreciate your staff taking the time to nominate and recognize all of those that effectively promote boating and water safety.

      Please join me in congratulating our awardees. My point of contact for these awards is Ms. Pam Doty, National Water Safety Program Manager who can be reached at pamela.j.doty@usace.army.mil

      Jeff
      Jeffrey F. Krause
      Chief, Natural Resources Management

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