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Posted 1/11/2019

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By Lee Roberts
Nashville District Public Web

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 11, 2019) – Boaters and their families are invited to navigate to booth 404 at the Nashville Boat Show in Music City Center to meet with park rangers who are familiar with Corps of Engineers lakes, dams, locks, recreation areas and campgrounds in the Cumberland River Basin.

“We are here to promote safe boating practices and water safety when recreating at area lakes,” said Park Ranger Will Gore on the first day of the Nashville Boat Show. “If you are going to buy a boat, be sure to get plenty of life jackets for everyone you have onboard, and always wear them.”

Gore said novice to the most experienced boaters stop by to ask questions ranging from how go through a navigation lock, to what safety items are required onboard a vessel, to existing conditions on the local waterways, to how to obtain a dock permit.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District’s park rangers serve the public at Lake Barkley, Cheatham Lake, Old Hickory Lake, J. Percy Priest Lake, Cordell Hull Lake, Center Hill Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Lake Cumberland, Laurel River Lake and Martins Fork Lake.

There were 17 fatalities (six at Nashville area lakes) at Nashville District lakes in the Cumberland River Basin during the 2018 recreation season, which is an important factor that drives the park rangers to interact with the public at events like the Nashville Boat Show.

“The big thing we’re out here for is to promote water safety around the lakes,” said Park Ranger Jacob Albers. “We try to prevent drownings and give the best information possible to folks who visit our booth.”

Albers said the Corps of Engineers is also giving out goody bags and coloring sheets to kids who visit the booth at the Nashville Boat Show because water safety education is especially valuable for youngsters who like to swim but often are unaware of the risks involved in being around and in the water.

The Nashville Boat Show began yesterday and continues today from noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The event is at the Music City Center, which is located at 201 Fifth Avenue South. Tickets are $12 and the event is free for ages 13 and younger and for active duty military. For details visit www.nashvilleboatshow.com.

(Water safety information is available at http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/WaterSafety.aspx. Local lake information is available at http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/Locations/Lakes.aspx. The public can obtain news, updates and information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District on the district’s website at www.lrn.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nashvillecorps and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nashvillecorps.)

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