Wisconsin governor declares April 2-8 dam safety week

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dam-safety-300x215pxGovernor Scott Walker encourages all citizens to observe April 2-8 dam safety week by adopting safe water practices when around dams.

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.


Shawn Puzen

About the Author

Shawn Puzen is the FERC Compliance and Licensing Manager for Mead & Hunt. He has a unique blend of experience as a utility industry environmental consultant well-respected by the regulatory agencies with a solid record of performance in fulfilling federal, state and local regulatory and resource requirements. He serves as the president of the Midwest Hydro Users Group and was on the Steering Committee for the 2016 and 2017 HydroVision International Conference.

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