The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stresses Safety over the Independence Day Holiday

Published June 30, 2016

FORT WORTH, Texas – In keeping with their top priority of ensuring public safety, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reminding the public to make sure to follow all safety precautions in and around the water over the Fourth of July holiday weekend and throughout the summer. 

Many of the Fort Worth District recreational areas continue to experience the impacts of the 2015 Spring floods and recent rains.  Our lakes and parks will still be the recreational choice for many this summer and will require extra precautions by visitors and adherence to closure and caution signs to ensure a fun time does not turn tragic.  Updated information on our recreation area closures can be viewed at

To ensure public safety here are several tried and true rules that everyone should follow:

  • Check the weather before heading to the lake
  • Follow all posted rules while recreating
  • Ensure everyone has a properly fitted and serviceable life jacket – LIFE JACKETS WORN, NOBODY MOURNS!
  • Learn to swim
  • Many of our lakes continue to experience high water levels and hazards may be closer to the surface of the water, including debris
  • Know the limits of your boat and never speed
  • Always clean, drain and dry your boat, trailer and gear

“As we celebrate one of our greatest American holidays – Independence Day and the rest of the summer, we want everyone to have fun, but do so safely,” said Col. Calvin C. Hudson II, commander, Fort Worth District.



About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico.  Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: and SWF Facebook at:

Rhonda Paige

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