For Release: 05/27/2021
Start summer safely by following precautions near hydroelectric dams
As residents and outdoor enthusiasts head out to enjoy the holiday weekend, Wisconsin Public
Service (WPS), We Energies and Wisconsin River Power Co. (WRPCO) remind them to take safety
precautions if they plan to be near a hydroelectric dam.
In recognition of these important safety precautions, Governor Tony Evers has proclaimed May 31 as
National Dam Safety Awareness Day in Wisconsin. WPS, We Energies and WRPCO urge residents
and members of the public to be aware of the safety steps they need to take when boating, fishing,
swimming or kayaking near hydroelectric dams.
Staying safe near hydroelectric dams
Prevent accidents at dams by following these safety tips:
Residents and outdoor enthusiasts can see updated water levels and river flows near each
company's dams by visiting their website.
- Obey all warning signs.
- Heed flashing lights, horns and sirens.
- Stay outside of buoy lines.
- Be aware of rapidly changing water conditions.
- Bring a cellphone and contact 911 in an emergency.
- Plan a safe escape route to evacuate at the first sign of danger.
WPS, We Energies and WRPCO operate a total of 30 hydroelectric dams across northeast and north
central Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula, using them to provide affordable, reliable and
clean energy each day for their customers.
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