AHSAHKA, Idaho – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers at Dworshak Dam and Reservoir are asking for the public’s help by providing information about serious vandalizing of the Elk Creek “No Wake” buoy on the reservoir during this past winter.
Numerous bullet holes were found on the buoy, and it was mostly submerged, posing a safety hazard to boaters. Repair cost was more than $2,500 not including Corps labor cost.
Dworshak rangers remind the recreating public about the “Corps Watch” program – a crime-watch deterrence program aimed at protecting U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assets. Each year, millions of dollars in federal property are lost due to vandalism, larceny, arson, and environmental and cultural degradation. To help fight these crimes and reduce operations and maintenance costs, the Corps received congressional authority to offer cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of individuals causing damage to Corps of Engineers property.
Witnesses or others with information about the Elk Creek or other vandalism are encouraged to use the toll-free number 866-413-7970 to report incidents 24 hours a day. Callers can remain anonymous. This program does not replace the 911 emergency notification system. Callers can also report vandalism to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office at 208-476-4521.
Release no. 12-39