KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As the nation's largest federal provider of water-based recreation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District stresses water safety and urges extra caution while in or around water during the upcoming Independence Day holiday.
Recent localized rainfall across the Heartland have increased water in our reservoirs, tributaries and rivers. Current conditions and outlook continue to improve on the Missouri River and the tributaries that feed into it. Several of our reservoirs continue to hold water increasing lake levels and hazards that may be submerged underwater or floating debris.
Many are eager to get outside and enjoy water-based recreation as part of their Fourth of July celebration. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy scenic river and lake views while taking advantage of picnicking, hiking, camping, fishing, boating and swimming opportunities. Please watch for closure signs due to high water.
Unfortunately, some celebrations end tragically due to accidents in, on and around the water. To ensure a safe recreation experience over the holiday week and throughout the year, the Corps of Engineers urge visitors to practice the following public safety tips:
- Leave your fireworks at home
- City or county fireworks displays occur at many lakes and nearby communities for your enjoyment
- Fireworks are not allowed at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land or waters
- Misuse of fireworks could result in personal injury
- Beat the heat
- Take frequent breaks during your outdoor activities
- Wear sunscreen for skin protection
- Stay hydrated with water and non-caffeinated beverages
- Avoid excessive alcohol; alcohol and drugs contribute to 20% of all boating fatalities
- Wear your life jacket
- 90% of drowning victims at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes and rivers were not wearing life jackets
- Drowning is the nation’s second leading cause of accidental death
- Many people overestimate their swimming ability and swim beyond their limits
- Pay attention while boating
- Inattentive boating is the leading cause of boating accidents
- Obey all navigation rules established in your state
- Be a defensive boater
- Pay attention to and follow all regulatory buoys and be aware of lake conditions
- Watch for floating debris or submerged hazards
- Recreate responsibly
- Don’t litter; take your trash with you
- Buy firewood wear your burn it
- Leave only footprints and enjoy the public lands
Please take the time to practice all of these safety tips while recreating over the busy Independence Day holiday. For more information on these and other safety information please visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public safety website at www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Safety/.
Release no. 21-044