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Omaha District partners with NRD in ground breaking levee restoration efforts
10/16/2019
The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District broke ground on levee improvements for the R-613 and R-616 levee systems at Haworth Park, in Belleville, Oct. 15. ...
Military working dogs to get new woof over their heads thanks to Omaha District
8/15/2019 UPDATED
If you were asked where the US Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District was building a new kennel for military working dogs, what would your guess be?Newfoundland? Barksdale Air Force Base?The answer is...
Managing Army Corps Water Resource Projects
6/26/2019 UPDATED
Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages thousands of water resource projects across the country. The Corps generates hydropower, supplies water to cities and industry, regulates development...
Getting to Know the Omaha District: Chuck McWilliams
6/20/2019
With more 700,000 square miles within its area of responsibility, the Omaha District’s 1,200+ employees bring very unique skillsets and experiences to the District’s broad mission set. Positions...
Corps of Engineers leveraging drone technology to capture imagery after flooding in Midwest
5/10/2019 UPDATED
In mid-to-late March, flood water covered much of eastern Nebraska, western Iowa, and northern Missouri. Due to the extreme amount of water in the area, members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,...

May 6 is "Otter Spotter Day"

These Otter spotters have fun while promoting water safety during the Third Annual Otter Spotter Day to kick off National Water Safety Month.

These Otter spotters have fun while promoting water safety during the Third Annual Otter Spotter Day to kick off National Water Safety Month.

Omaha District Deputy Commander, Lt. Col. Mark Martinez; Safety Specialist, Jeff Skrivanek; and District Commander, Col. Joel Cross, emphasize workplace, construction and water safety while "Otter spotting" for the Josh the Otter Water Safety program.

Omaha District Deputy Commander, Lt. Col. Mark Martinez; Safety Specialist, Jeff Skrivanek; and District Commander, Col. Joel Cross, emphasize workplace, construction and water safety while "Otter spotting" for the Josh the Otter Water Safety program.

Northwestern Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Anthony C. Funkhouser displays his Josh the Otter t-shirt for National Water Safety Month and the Third Annual Otter Spotter Day.

Northwestern Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Anthony C. Funkhouser displays his Josh the Otter t-shirt for National Water Safety Month and the Third Annual Otter Spotter Day.

OMAHA, Neb. - May is National Water Safety Month and May 6 has been deemed Otter Spotter Day!

In January, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District  launched its partnership with the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation to promote water safety within the Omaha District including Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado and Nebraska.

More than 50 cities around the country and the world have volunteers participating in the Foundation's Third Annual Otter Spotter Day.

The Northwestern Division and Omaha District are showing off their Josh the Otter T-Shirts and fans.

Partnering with organizations such as the Collingsworth Foundation allows 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.

As temperatures warm up, water related activities increase along with the potential for water related accidents.

By emphasizing water safety before visitors return to recreation activities, the Corps aims to prevent water related accidents and minimize their impacts by encouraging visitors to wear life jackets. 

"Memorial Day often marks the first real opportunity for people to get back on the water," said Jolene Hulsing, a natural resources specialist with the Omaha District. "People may not have their 'sea legs' or be as comfortable on the water due to the time away. We want to get safety on their minds before they get in the water."

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.