Corps of Engineers, Georgia and South Carolina DNRs to hold pre-Memorial Day water safety opportunity

Published May 22, 2017

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia State Patrol, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, and local law enforcement agencies, will host a pre-Memorial Day weekend water and highway safety media event at Hartwell Lake on May 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. 

The Corps of Engineers and other agencies consider the media vital to water and highway safety education. This event provides the media an opportunity to capture footage, photos, and storylines to be used now and throughout the recreation season to educate the public. 

The event will take place at Big Oaks Recreation Area, 5625 Anderson Highway (US Highway 29), Hartwell, Georgia 30643. 

Join state and local law enforcement officers and Corps park rangers to discuss highway and water safety before the Memorial Day holiday weekend. In addition, patrol boats will be available to take the media out for footage and photos. 

"We wanted this event to take place just before Memorial Day Weekend, because historically it is one of the busiest times on the lake and it signals the start of our peak recreation season," said Dale Bowen, Corps park ranger. “Each year there are unnecessary accidents and fatalities involving boating and swimming on area lakes, and on the local roads and highways, so we want to prevent this through timely water and highway safety education.” 

For more information, contact Park Ranger Dale Bowen of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hartwell Project Office, at 706-856-0348 or toll-free at 1-888-893-0678, ext. 348.

Billy Birdwell

Release no. 17-014