Alabama Power Provides $145,000 to Alabama Marine Police to Help Improve Boater Safety on Alabama Lakes

Under a new five-year partnership to improve boater safety, Alabama Power will donate $145,000 to the Alabama Marine Police, a division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The funding will be used to improve safety along Alabama Power's 12 lakes. The Alabama Marine Police will use the funds to further develop and implement boater and recreational safety programs and projects such as marking hazards, promoting personal flotation device usage and other safety related programs. The Alabama Marine Police will report annually to Alabama Power and the public how the funds were used in the previous year.

"We commend Alabama Power Company for its interest in boater safety in Alabama," said M. Barnett Lawley, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. "This agreement between Alabama Power and our Marine Police Division will allow our officers to develop and implement more boater safety programs. We are grateful for their support."

"We are happy to be a part of this partnership, because nothing counts more than safety," said Charles McCrary, Alabama Power president and CEO. "Investing in the safety of our waterways is an investment in the people of Alabama. We support and commend the efforts of the Marine Police to ensure that our lakes are safe."

This new agreement between Alabama Power and the Alabama Marine Police will supplement current state funding to the Marine Police. The Marine Police Division has responsibility for boater safety on Alabama lakes and they will continue providing public safety measures they deem reasonable and necessary.

"Alabama Power Company is pleased to be a part of this cooperative effort with the Alabama Marine Police Division," said Willard Bowers, Alabama Power vice president, environmental affairs. "This initiative will allow the Marine Police greater flexibility to put additional resources where they feel they are needed."

Alabama Power owns and operates 14 hydroelectric plants in Alabama, providing clean, low-cost electricity. The facilities also provide more than 150,000 acres of water and more than 4,000 miles of shoreline for the public's use and enjoyment.

SOURCE: Alabama Power Company

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