Alliant Energy to observe Dam Safety Awareness Week in Wisconsin
Gov. Evers joins hydro power companies, WDNR in promoting public safety at dams
MADISON, Wis. – March 25, 2019 – It seems that spring has finally arrived in Wisconsin, and warmer temperatures are bringing higher water flows on area rivers due to melting snow and spring rain. These flows are reminders of how strong the forces of nature can be and how important it is to stay safe when you are involved in recreational activities on rivers.
Alliant Energy is joining with other Wisconsin hydro power companies in observing Dam Safety Awareness Week from April 1 through April 7 to promote public safety awareness near dams and prevent accidents throughout the boating and fishing seasons.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) has been joined in promoting safety awareness by Gov. Tony Evers, who has proclaimed April 1 through April 7 as Dam Safety Awareness Week in Wisconsin.
The purpose of Dam Safety Awareness Week is to heighten safety awareness of recreational and fishing enthusiasts as they return to the waterways. Many accidents and fatalities occurring near dams could be prevented by practicing safety, staying clear of dams and understanding the dangers to be found near them.
Alliant Energy, WDNR personnel and local safety officials urge people to use common sense to stay safe on rivers and near dams:
- Understand the dangers near dams
- Stay away from hazardous areas
- Obey all warning devices such as signs, lights, sirens and verbal warnings
- Wear an approved personal flotation device
- Keep your boat motor running when near a dam so you can quickly leave or maneuver
- Stay clear of the dam spill area, where unpredictable water conditions make boat control difficult
- Never anchor boats below a dam because water levels can change quickly
- Do not cross buoy lines
- Bring a cell phone and call 911 in an emergency
Alliant Energy wants anglers, boaters, outdoor enthusiasts and visitors to enjoy the many exceptional recreation resources to be found on rivers and around dams in the region. People are urged to practice safe use of the areas so that they can be enjoyed over and over again.
For more safety information, visit Alliant Energy’s Dam Safety page at alliantenergy.com/damsafety.