June 2-8 – Proclaimed – Beach Safety Awareness Week

A Day at the Beach - by Hornbaker Chelsi, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A Day at the Beach – by Hornbaker Chelsi, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

GOVERNORS AND PREMIERS PROCLAIM JUNE 2-8 “BEACH SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK”

Mackinac Island, Michigan—The Great Lakes Governors and the Premiers of Ontario and Québec today proclaimed June 2-8 “Beach Safety Awareness Week.”

Dangerous currents and other water hazards pose a significant danger to swimmers, boaters and others enjoying the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.  Lifeguards and others must save people from dangerous currents each year.  Tragically, many lives are lost despite these rescue efforts.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Co-Chair of the Council of Great Lakes Governors, said, “Dangerous currents and other water hazards needlessly claim lives each year.  Our goal is a safe swimming season, and we are taking specific actions to improve safety.  We also call on governments at all levels, beach managers, non-governmental organizations and other partners to redouble their work toward our shared goal.”

The Great Lakes Governors and the Premiers of Ontario and Québec individually have been aggressively leading efforts in each State and Province to improve water safety and protect people from dangerous currents and other hazards associated with high winds and waves.  Different efforts are underway to improve water safety through research, information and education campaigns, signage and notification, and hazard reduction.

The Great Lakes Governors and the Premiers are also working together on a regional basis, for example through the Great Lakes Commission.  The Commission recently released a mobile app “myBeachCast” available at beachcast.glin.net that integrates location, weather and beach hazard information to notify people planning to visit the beach whether there may be dangerous conditions.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Co-Chair of the Council of Great Lakes Governors, added, “There is no more important responsibility than keeping our people safe.  Let’s make sure that “Beach Safety Awareness Week” is not just one week but an ongoing commitment.”

In a resolution adopted yesterday at the Council of Great Lakes Governors 2013 Leadership Summit, the Great Lakes Governors called on federal agencies and other partners to support this important work toward the shared goal of improved beach safety.  The resolution and further information on the Governors’ and Premiers’ work to protect our waters and the people who enjoy them is available at www.cglg.org.

 

View all of Great Lakes Now Connect: Beaches coverage from the May 14 panel discussion.

 

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