The Army Corps and its waterways partners will host the Fixed-crest Dam Safety Summit, June 23, at Aspinwall Riverfront Park, Friday, June 23, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
The event offers the public the opportunity to bring their good ideas regarding how to make the rivers safer. The focus of the event is raising water safety awareness around our 23 navigation facilities, especially those 11 locks with fixed-crest dams. These dams are very difficult to see when on the river moving downriver.
The format will include presentations from the Army Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, City of Pittsburgh River Rescue, Allegheny County Swift Water/Flood Response Team, Waterways Association of Pittsburgh, and Venture Outdoors.
Break out groups with members of the public will focus on soliciting ideas to improve water safety awareness related to four areas: Education and Awareness; Enforcement and Reinforcement; Physical Components; Coordination and Collaboration.
The goal of this community coalition is to develop a shared and sustained fixed-crest dam safety campaign, and to gather ideas, identify actions and gain commitments for implementing safety initiatives.
“Boaters, paddlers and the fishing community need to understand the hazards associated with inland navigation facilities to stay safe on the water,” said Col. John Lloyd, commander, Pittsburgh District.
No reservations are required for the summit. The event will occur rain or shine except in the case of extreme weather.
For more information: Public Affairs Office at 412-395-7500 or CELRP-PA@usace.army.mil
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