Welcome to Our Lands & Waters Foundation. Our
goal as a 501(C) 3 organization is to work in partnership with the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to realize the full potential of Corps
managed parks as a natural resource that can be enjoyed by many more
For many years the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has had limited funds
to maintain or improve the parks that are part of their system of lakes
and waterways. An important Corps goal is to provide flood control,
power, and navigation as well as the implementation of greater recreational,
environmental, and educational opportunities for the public.
To assist in its mission, Our Lands & Waters Foundation applies
for grants, makes memberships available, conducts fundraising activities
on its own and in cooperation with other organizations, and contracts
with vendors to bring needed services to the parks. In addition the
Foundation works to raise the level of public awareness of the lakes
and parks and increase park attendance.
As funds become available, the number of lakes receiving support will
increase. Our Lands & Waters Foundation and its members as
well as organizations that share its goals will work in a cooperative
manner with the Corps of Engineers to preserve, protect, and enhance
the lakes and parks. Renovation and repair of existing facilities are
of primary importance as well as adding features that support the Foundation’s
mission. For example, although every lake has unique characteristics,
there is potential for each to have an environmental learning area. This
could range from a multifaceted area with permanent structures to self-guided
trails highlighting the plants and animals that populate the parks.
One factor will be the same in every case. Our Lands & Waters
Foundation works closely with nearby communities and civic organizations. The
Foundation’s website includes links to appropriate partners. The
Foundation is also a contact for groups that plan to conduct fun runs,
walks, bike rides, and other activities at the parks.
We are just beginning this journey, and we are confident the number
of parks served by Our Lands & Waters Foundation will expand rapidly
over the next few years.