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Brookfield Renewable Reminds Recreators to Use Caution Around Deep Creek Dam

Last Updated on Jan 3, 2018 at 1:23pm | Economic Development
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GARRETT COUNTY, MD-Brookfield Renewable Director of Operations John McVaigh today issued a statement reminding those recreating near Deep Creek Lake to exercise caution, pay attention to signage and to always be aware of your surroundings, particularly around Deep Creek’s hydroelectric facility & dam.

McVaigh said, “Public safety is our top priority and we do our best to educate the public about the possible dangers that exist when recreating near hydroelectric dams. With snowmobiling season upon us, we felt it was prudent to once again remind snowmobilers and other recreators that there are inherent dangers and risks around waterways in general, and particularly near dams and hydropower facilities. Water doesn’t necessarily always freeze the way you expect near hydroelectric facilities and other structures (such as bridge piers, etc.).  While it may be frozen on the surface, the water is always moving underneath and ice thickness can vary greatly from one area to another. We are strongly encouraging recreators to stay well away from the area of the dam and the powerhouse in the interest of public safety.”

The reminder is part of a broader public awareness campaign initiated by Brookfield Renewable with a focus on public safety that includes radio & television advertising in addition to digital ads and print ads in local newspapers.

About Brookfield Renewable:

Brookfield Renewable Partners operates one of the world's largest publicly traded, pure-play renewable power platforms. Our portfolio consists of hydroelectric and wind facilities in North America, Latin America and Europe and totals more than 10,000 megawatts of installed capacity. In Maryland, Brookfield Renewable owns and operates Deep Creek Hydroelectric, which produces over 19 MW of reliable, clean energy.