The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, recently selected its southern Headwaters recreation section as its 2012 Government Employee Safety Now Award recipient.
The section includes park rangers from the Crosslake Recreation Area and the Gull Lake Recreation Area in East Gull Lake. Both areas are highly visited recreation sites, collectively boasting more than 1 million visits in 2012.
The team’s “safety-first” approach led to accomplishing numerous missions with zero lost-time accidents, water-related fatalities or reportable first aid cases. The safety record was accomplished during one of the worst flooding events in the history of Gull Lake Dam. The record-setting May 2012 rainstorm tied the highest reservoir level ever recorded in the 100-year history of the dam.
A key aspect of the team’s plan included implementing an effective, reliable and adaptive use of resources to provide safe and healthy recreational experiences to current and future generations.