Xcel, which serves customers in western Wisconsin, runs 19 hydroelectric facilities on eight Wisconsin rivers. The utility warns that boating or canoeing above or below a dam can be extremely dangerous, especially if the flow changes.
The utility suggests people obey all warning signs; wear life jackets; never swim or wade near a dam; leave boat motors running to provide maneuvering power; stay clear of spillways; carry a cellphone; and make children aware of the dangers of straying too close to a dam.
Gov. Scott Walker has declared this week Dam Safety Awareness Week.