Army Corps of Engineers waives day use fees at recreation areas in observance of Veterans Day

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day use fees at its more than 2,800 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in observance of Veterans Day, November 11 and 12.

The waiver covers fees for boat launch ramps and swimming beaches. The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities (group picnic shelters) and events. Other agencies that manage recreation areas on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to offer the waiver in the areas that they manage.

“This Veterans Day we will continue the valued tradition of honoring our veterans, active and reserve service members, and their families with an invitation to visit one of the thousands of USACE recreation sites throughout the country, free of charge,” said Maj. Gen. Scott Spellmon, USACE Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations. “This year we extend this invitation of a fee waiver on November 11 and 12 to all visitors.”

USACE is one of the nation’s federal leaders in providing outdoor and water-based recreation, hosting millions of visits annually to its more than 400 lake and river projects. It’s estimated that 90 percent of the USACE-operated recreation areas are within 50 miles of metropolitan areas, offering diverse outdoor activities for all ages close to home.

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Addicks and Barker Emergency Response Exercise

With the 2019 Hurricane season just eight months away, the Army Corps of Engineers, along with local emergency agencies met to rehearse and review a severe weather event. The exercise allows emergency responders from Fort Bend and Harris County along with the City of Houston and other local agencies to rehearse emergency responses concerning an extreme rainfall event affecting the Addicks and Barker Reservoir. Tim Clarkin, a USACE Galveston District Water Control Manager, explains how 65 emergency responders met at the Texas Department of Safety’s Sector Headquarters in Jersey Village for the November 1, 2018 Table Top exercise.