OMAHA, Neb. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District has partnered with the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation to promote water safety within the Omaha District including Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado and Nebraska.
Today, at a District employee forum, Omaha District Commander, Col. Joel R. Cross, formally recognized the memorandum of understanding recently signed by the Corps, formalizing a partnership agreement with the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation.
Partnering with organizations such as the Collingsworth Foundation will allow both parties to more effectively coordinate outreach efforts, share resources and contacts and develop materials that share common messages.
The Corps’ Water Safety Program aims to increase public awareness of boating and water safety through educational materials, products, outreach and programs. Partnering with organizations such as the Collingsworth Foundation and its Josh the Otter program allows the Corps to expand its distribution network of boating and water safety educational materials and products while limiting costs.
The Corps actively promotes boating and water safety through a variety of efforts aimed at a broad demographic. Through a variety of activities, national water safety mascots and targeted marketing, the Corps engages the public at numerous events and develops a variety of materials carrying water-safety messages.
The Collingsworth Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, was formed to promote water safety and drowning prevention through a combination of awareness, education, and training directed at both children and adults. The foundation’s central message promotes water safe behaviors in children by instructing them to avoid water unless accompanied by an adult. The foundation’s widely recognized mascot, Josh the Otter, and associated marketing efforts help to engage children and educate adults on safe behaviors and habits in and around the water.
The Corps and the Collingsworth Foundation anticipate cooperative efforts including educational outreach, developing water safety education materials, promoting common messages, special event programs and planning, and working together to promote water safety messaging.