Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

July 31, 2013

Grayson Lake to host open house this Saturday

By Shayla Menville - Staff Writer

July 31, 2013 —     The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Grayson Lake and the Huntington District of the Corps are hoping for good weather and a large turnout at the open house on Saturday, Aug. 3, from noon to 3 p.m. at Grayson Lake.

    Jason Sharp, park ranger, said this event will serve multiple purposes.

    “We will give tours of the Grayson Lake dam's intake, share water safety tips, answer questions about what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does, what activities the lake offers and there will be giveaways,” said Sharp. “We are excited to share this event with the public and hope many will attend.”

    The dam tour is the main focus at the open house because the Corps thinks it is vital that the community understand flood mitigation.

    “We want people to get a firsthand look and understanding of how the dam works and what it takes to control water levels and keep flooding down,” said Sharp. “When people drive by they see the tower but rarely get a chance to take a look inside. This is that opportunity.”

    Water safety is among the Corps’ main initiatives and this will be another opportunity to inform people on how to be safe while enjoying the lake.

    “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in charge of water recreation and we want to teach people how to react properly if there is a hazardous water situation,” said Sharp. “Most drownings occur about 10 feet from safety and 90 percent could be avoided. We have to take every opportunity to inform people.”

    Representatives from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will be on hand at the open house. The Friends of Grayson Lake will have hot dogs and other concession items.

    “People don't know all of the free entertainment, hiking trails, upcoming projects and we hope that this will make them more knowledgeable and they will be able to have a little more ownership of the lake,” said Sharp. “Weather permitting, we will have a good turnout and a great day at the lake.”

    For further information on the open house, contact the Corps at 474-5815.