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Lake Barkley Park Rangers Dylon Anderson (left) and Cody Britton (right) handout water safety promotional items to the public at a local community parade, Aug. 26, 2011.

Lake Barkley Park Rangers Dylon Anderson (left) and Cody Britton (right) handout water safety promotional items to the public at a local community parade, Aug. 26, 2011. (Photo by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Lake Barkley Park Ranger Charlotte Stenger and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water safety mascot Bobber the Water Safety Dog speak about inflatable life jackets to Kentucky State Fair visitors here, Aug. 27, 2011.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Lake Barkley Park Ranger Charlotte Stenger and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water safety mascot Bobber the Water Safety Dog speak about inflatable life jackets to Kentucky State Fair visitors here, Aug. 27, 2011. (Photo by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

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Old Hickory park rangers Amy Redmond (middle), Kathryn Wall (in water), Noel Smith (left) and Senior Multimedia Design Engineer Richard Scott work on the on the "reach" section of the educational video "Reach, Throw, Row, But Don't Go."

Old Hickory park rangers Amy Redmond (middle), Kathryn Wall (in water), Noel Smith (left) and Senior Multimedia Design Engineer Richard Scott work on the on the "reach" section of the educational video "Reach, Throw, Row, But Don't Go." (Photo by John Baird)

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Old Hickory Lake park rangers Noel Smith (left), Charlie Leath (middle), and Trey Church (right) pose with an Old Hickory Percy Priest Bass Tournament Club official, Nashville Predators mascot Gnash, and the children that participated in the Kid's Fishing and Family Fan Day Tournament.

Old Hickory Lake park rangers Noel Smith (left), Charlie Leath (middle), and Trey Church (right) pose with an Old Hickory Percy Priest Bass Tournament Club official, Nashville Predators mascot Gnash, and the children that participated in the Kid's Fishing and Family Fan Day Tournament. (Photo by John Baird)

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SAN DIEGO -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Old Hickory Lake natural resource manager Frederick Bell (left) receives the Award of Merit for the National Water Safety Congress Region 3 Vice President Ernest Lentz March 5, 2012 during the National Water Safety Congress during the International Boating and Water Safety Summit.

SAN DIEGO -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Old Hickory Lake natural resource manager Frederick Bell (left) receives the Award of Merit for the National Water Safety Congress Region 3 Vice President Ernest Lentz March 5, 2012 during the National Water Safety Congress during the International Boating and Water Safety Summit. (Photo by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

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SAN DIEGO -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Barkley natural resource manager Michael Looney (left), receives the Award of Merit from the National Water Safety Congress Region 3 Vice President Ernest Lentz March 5, 2012, during the National Water Safety Congress during the International Boating and Water Safety Summit.

SAN DIEGO -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Barkley natural resource manager Michael Looney (left), receives the Award of Merit from the National Water Safety Congress Region 3 Vice President Ernest Lentz March 5, 2012, during the National Water Safety Congress during the International Boating and Water Safety Summit. (Photo by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

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Posted 3/27/2012

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By Amy Redmond
Nashville District


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Despite tightened project budgets and limited resources, two Nashville District lakes were nationally and internationally recognized recently for their staffs' creative and resourceful efforts to increase public safety during the 2011 recreation season.

Lake Barkley Resource Manager Michael Looney and Old Hickory Lake Resource Manager Frederick Bell, both from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, received an Award of Merit March 5 from the National Water Safety Congress during the International Boating and Water Safety Summit in San Diego.

According to Lake Barkley and Old Hickory Lake's award nominations, both ranger teams amplified their presence and education outreach in and around each lake using the social media site Facebook, increasing patrol time on the water, and providing more water safety focused presentations, programs, and events. They were also recognized for displaying great awareness for danger and taking quick action on three separate occasions while performing routine boat patrols that averted several potential fatalities.

In 2011, the Lake Barkley team notably coordinated with Lamar Advertising in Cookeville, Tenn., and received four complimentary digital billboard spaces at no cost to the government. The park rangers ran water safety messages to educate the public about the importance of wearing life jackets at the lake. The total estimated viewership of these billboards was 180,000 visitors per month during the entire recreation season.

"(I'm) proud to be associated with such a professional group of people who despite adversity, never waver in their positive attitude and dedication to protecting visitors and saving lives," said Looney.
Old Hickory also showed their resourcefulness in 2011 by establishing partnerships with several schools, colleges, clubs, businesses, state agencies, and TV stations.

Park rangers set up a water safety booth at Nashville Predators NHL games, and at Middle Tennessee State University and high school sporting events. They were highlighted in a three minute educational video posted on YouTube on the topic of "Reach, Throw, Row, but Don't Go," a safety topic about what to do to assist someone who has fallen into the water. Channel 5 Plus and TV show Fishin' Afflictions also featured park rangers' safety messages in a weekly water safety public service announcement to an estimated three million viewers.

"I'm extremely pleased that the rangers were recognized by the council for their hard work. They all stepped up to the plate and took on the challenge to increase the number of water safety contacts. The award and recognition were well deserved," Bell said.

Award Officiate and Region 3 Vice President Ernest Lentz said that the Lake Barkley staff stepped up their water safety program to increase public awareness.

"Our award program gives the 'Congress' the opportunity to say 'thank you' and to inspire others to give their best for water safety," Lentz said. "The personnel at both of the lakes are making a difference in water safety and saving lives and the National Water Safety Congress congratulates them on a job well done."

In addition to the Award of Merit, Old Hickory Lake placed second in the summit's media contest for their educational video on "Reach, Throw, Row, but Don't Go."

Carolyn Bauer, Nashville District Water Safety Task Force coordinator and natural resource specialist, said she is delighted that the Old Hickory Park Rangers received recognition for the "Reach, Throw, Row, Don't Go" public service announcement.

"The Old Hickory Park Rangers did a series of very informative PSA's that have been very effective at informing the public about water safety. All nineteen PSA's are great and it's commendable that the National Water Safety Congress recognized them as winners," Bauer said.