In an effort to decrease boating-related drowning fatalities, the US Army Corps of Engineers is currently involved in identifying Corps lakes throughout the Mississippi Valley Division to test mandatory life jacket wear programs.
As part of the study, LAKE RED ROCK has been selected as a site to implement a mandatory life jacket wear program in 2012; however, in 2011, the agency will be seeking public input on this policy.
As the nation’s number one provider of water-related recreation, it is imperative that the Corps minimize the potential for boating-related drowning fatalities, and life jacket wear saves lives: Recent Coast Guard statistics show that drowning is the cause of death in approximately three-fourths of boating fatalities nationwide, and approximately 84 percent of those who drown are not wearing life jackets.
To provide input on the policy, complete an online form on Lake Red Rock’s website at www.lakeredrock.org. Hard copy forms are also available from the Red Rock Visitor Center on the south side of the dam. For more information, contact the Corps of Engineers – Lake Red Rock business office at (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690.