Wisconsin governor declares April 2-8 dam safety week
Every year, hundreds of people across the nation are killed or seriously injured by tragic accidents at dams. Most of these accidents could be prevented if people avoided restricted areas. It is important to obey warning signs, respect safety barriers and be aware of horns or sirens.
To illustrate this point, a Lansing, Iowa fisherman died Friday, March 31st when the current on the Mississippi River pulled his boat into the Genoa Dam. The local sheriff said the area was marked as restricted, but that signs are often ignored “in the wave of excitement”.
It is important to be aware of the dangers associated with dams. Watch water conditions that may be rapidly changing when working or on the water for recreation near a dam. You should always practice safe boating, kayaking and canoeing, but especially around dams. In fact, I would advise using caution whenever swimming, wading or walking near a dam.
The gubernatorial proclamation recognizes of the valuable impact of rivers and waterways on the state’s cultural and economic development. Wisconsin’s waterways support the economy via tourism, recreation, paper making, and commercial and municipal interests. However, it is important to treat these waterways with respect and caution.
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