Staying Safe during the Upcoming July 4

Published June 29, 2018

WILIMINGTON, N.C. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District announced today at W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir that there are a wide variety of opportunities to enjoy during the summer season. Hiking, biking, and camping are popular recreational activities, as well as water

As we get closer to the July 4 holiday, the parks, beaches, and waters will soon fill up with families and friends anxious to enjoy their time to relax. Unfortunately, during this time it can become very easy to disregard safety. At W. Kerr Scott we highly stress the importance of wearing a life jacket and swimming
within the yellow barriers on the beaches. During the upcoming holiday week, Student Conservation Association interns will be visiting the beaches and boat ramps to help promote water safety around the lake.

Especially during this season, we are promoting the campaign “Stay Connected” to encourage boat drivers to wear their engine cut-off devices which can save lives during the chance the driver goes overboard. Whether a lanyard or a clip, consider it to be one of the most important tools on the water alongside the life jacket. SCA intern Brodie Maroney included that "as visitors to the lake you can help encourage water safety by educating friends and family who may be Connected Logo unaware of the rules at the lake.”

With temperatures rising, join us this week at W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir to escape the heat, and remember to stay safe! For further information on water safety visit;…/Recreat…/National-Water-Safety_Program/

Additionally, like, share, or follow the campaigns on social media;

Facebook: Please Wear It
Twitter: @pleasewearit
Instagram: Please Wear It

For further information on recreation at the lake, please go to the Wilmington District’s website at or contact the Visitor Assistance Center at 336-921-3390. You can also visit us at 499 Reservoir Road in Wilkesboro, NC.

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