Corps invites public to Lockfest 2019 at Emsworth Locks and Dams

Published May 15, 2019
WHO: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District and its waterways partners to include the U.S 
Coast Guard, Allegheny River Development Corporation, commercial tow operators and other waterways groups.
WHAT: Pittsburgh District and its waterways partners are hosting the third annual water safety – Lockfest 2019 event. At the events, attendees will learn how to lock through navigation facilities and watch live locking demonstrations, discover water safety tips, talk to tow operators, brush up on boating regulations and gain knowledge on how to navigate our rivers safely. Bobber, the Water Safety Dog, will attend and exhibits from our partners will be available. This is part of the district’s robust, multi-agency collaboration to save lives by raising water safety awareness.
WHEN:  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019 
WHERE: Emsworth Locks and Dams in Emsworth, PA.
MEDIA: We’re available at the locks or other locale for pre-event coverage. Representatives will be available for morning and evening broadcast live shots and during the event.
INSTRUCTIONS: This is a free event, open to the public. Tours will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis in groups of about 20. Please wear close-toed shoes. Some surfaces on the lock wall and in other areas are uneven or have grating – please, no sandals or heels. No weapons permitted. Please no large purses or backpacks.
DIRECTIONS: Emsworth Lock and Dams, Pittsburgh, PA 15225
From Pittsburgh: Take Route 65 North. Make right turn onto Brighton Road. At the bottom of the hill, turn left onto Forest Avenue. Locks and dams are on the left.
WEATHER: This is a rain or shine event, unless extreme weather is forecasted.

PARKING: Parking is available at the locks.
WHY: As part of the Corps of Engineers already robust water safety program, the district seeks to increase river users’ knowledge of its navigation facilities, as well as amplify the district’s water safety message: KNOW. TAKE. WEAR. KNOW the waterways before you use them; TAKE a water safety course. WEAR your life jacket.
For some, locking through the region’s 23 navigation facilities can be intimidating, and operating a boat on our rivers without proper knowledge and education can increase the risk of injury and damage. This event strives to provide information that helps people enjoy our rivers safely and with the confidence that comes with being informed.
ADDITIONAL: Pittsburgh District’s 26,000 square miles include portions of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland and southwestern New York. Our jurisdiction includes more than 328 miles of navigable waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose flood-risk management reservoirs, 42 local flood protection projects and other projects to protect and enhance the Nation’s water resources, infrastructure and environment.
KNOW.TAKE.WEAR. Know the waterways. Take a water safety course. Wear your life jacket.
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Carol Vernon
412-395-7503 (cell)
1000 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15025

Release no. 19-004