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Corps builds relationships during baseball game

Story and photos by Bryanna R. Poulin

Little Rock District, USACE Public Affairs Office

Summer is here and with more than 400 lakes and river projects throughout the United States, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the leading provider in outdoor recreation and water related activities.

To kick off the start of summer June 8, members of the Little Rock District, USACE water safety team along with Bobber the Water Safety Dog headed to Dickey-Stephens park home to the Arkansas Travelers of the Texas Baseball League, sharing the importance of water safety to the public.

Russell Malahy, natural resource specialist, Little Rock District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, hands out toys during Clunker Boat Night June 8, 2017. The event allowed the Corps to reach hundreds of people and share water safety and the importance of wearing a life jacket on Corps lakes.

“It is part of the Corps mission to promote and educate the public on the importance of water safety,” Jeremy E. Wells, natural resource specialist, Little Rock District USACE said.

To promote the event, Wells along with other park rangers parked the Corps Water Safety Trailer and stood by the entrance giving away toys, cups and beach balls all bearing the Corps logo to people attending the Thursday night game.

 

Children received Corps toys and coloring books at Dickey-Stephens park home to the Arkansas Travelers of the Texas Baseball League, during the Little Rock Districts, USACE water safety event.

 

“An event such as this offers a great opportunity to encourage water safety to a large group of people all at one time,” Wells explained. “It’s important to get the water safety message out to the public because it can help save lives if they know to wear a life jacket.”

Most water fatalities result in people not wearing their life jacket and the game was the perfect opportunity to remind the public to wear life jackets while on or near water.

“We are always promoting the importance of wearing a life jacket because life jackets save lives,” he said.

Since there are many ways to have an accident on the water, the Corps program also promotes other safety measures.

John Bridgeman and Lisa Owens both natural resource specialists with Little Rock District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, speak to children of all ages during Clunker Boat Night June 8, 2017. The event allowed the Corps to reach hundreds of people and share water and life jacket safety.

“Our program also strives to identify life threatening concerns associated with water based recreation and increase public awareness of safe practices through interaction with our park rangers and educational media,” Wells said.

In addition to sharing water safety messages the event also builds and foster relationships between the Corps and the public.

 

John Bridgeman a natural resource specialist with Little Rock District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, gives toys away to children of all ages during Clunker Boat Night June 8, 2017. The event allowed the Corps to reach hundreds of people and share water and life jacket safety.

“This is a great opportunity to interact with the local community and share the importance of water safety but it also allows an opportunity to visit with individuals one-on-one, whether it’s answering questions, addressing customer concerns, sharing information regarding recreational opportunities on USACE lakes or informing the public of the many other USACE missions in their community,” Wells concluded. “Additionally, the interaction helps improve the Corps relationship because it gives members of the public a greater understanding of who we are and what we do each and every day to make a difference in their lives.”

Russell Malahy, natural resource specialist, Little Rock District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, hands out toys during Clunker Boat Night June 8, 2017. The event allowed the Corps to reach hundreds of people and share water safety and the importance of wearing a life jacket on Corps lakes.

 

 

 

Little Rock District’s 2017 Engineer of the Year

 


Colonel Robert G. Dixon, commander, Little Rock District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presents a plaque to Cathy Funkhouser a hydraulic engineer who was recently selected for the districts 2017 Engineer of the Year award. Funkhouser who has been with the district for more than 15 years was chosen for her work on major assignments: dam safety hydrologic loading calculations for White River Lakes, complicated Corps Water Management System forecast models for the McClellan Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, intricate CWMS forecast models for the White River Basin, and the complex two dimensional modeling effort in support of the Three Rivers study. Photo by John Hoffman, Sr., Visual Information Specialist, Little Rock District, USACE.