New England News Releases

Town of Temple seeks permit for proposed work in Henry Mitchell Brook off Mitchell Brook Road in Maine
2/15/2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit application to conduct work in waters of the United States from the Town of Temple for proposed work in Henry Mitchell Brook...
USACE seeks comments on proposed work in wetlands and waterways off Route 78 in Swanton, Vermont
2/8/2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit application to conduct work in waters of the United States from Vermont Agency of Transportation in Barre, Vermont, for...
USACE seeks comments on proposed work in freshwater wetlands, tributaries in Rumford, Maine
12/28/2023
 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit application to conduct work in waters of the United States from Twin Energy LLC in Cohasset, Massachusetts, for proposed work...

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News From Around the Corps

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Park Ranger Christine Dowell named Mobile District’s NRM Employee of the Year
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Feature Stories

West Hill Dam Park Rangers spread word about water safety

USACE, New England
Published June 6, 2016
Tristyn and Rowan Woodall demonstrate proper water safety techniques.

Tristyn and Rowan Woodall demonstrate proper water safety techniques.

Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, Chief of Engineers, has made it no secret that one of his priorities is Water Safety.  Just last March, the Corps of Engineers launched a new water safety campaign titled, “Life Jackets Worn, Nobody Mourns,” citing the extreme dangers of not wearing a life jacket in or on the water.

In New England, the District’s recreational facilities hold many water safety programs for the public throughout the year and Park Rangers will often take the Corps water safety message to schools and other events.  Such was a case when West Hill Dam Park Rangers Viola Bramel and Ronald Woodall represented the District at the Annual Kids Family Resource Fair in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, on March 19.  Over 1,300 people attended the event.  West Hill Dam brought on the Water Safety message full force with a self-standing selfie water safety cut out display, kayaks and life jackets. Many of the attendees stopped by the Corps’ Water Safety exhibit to take pictures, sit in the kayaks and to get information about water safety.  Bramel and Woodall also touched upon the “Every Kid in a Park” program as well as an introduction to the Corps and the Junior Ranger Program.  Both Park Rangers were available to answer questions.           

The Park Ranger’s commitment to Water Safety doesn’t stay at work.  Woodall’s two children, son Tristyn 4, and daughter Rowan 2, were at the Fair and modeled life jackets and sat in kayaks to demonstrate proper water safety techniques.  “Tristyn has been a big water safety advocate for years now,” said Woodall.  “He will actively engage strangers and their kids at the beach and ask why they aren’t wearing life jackets!”

For more information on the Corps of Engineers’ Water Safety Program, go to http://watersafety.usace.army.mil.


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