New NPS chief ranger outlines goals
As for enforcement in the Upper Delaware, Hinkes said, “You really have to know your stuff here. It’s a very challenging place to work because you have to know the ins and outs of the laws and your authority and jurisdiction and at the same time provide the public the professional service that they have a right to expect from us.”
“It’s all about relationship building and providing a safe and really outstanding experience for all the user groups that come to enjoy the river,” said McGuiness. “We want them to come back.”
Since 1980, 58 drownings have been recorded on the Upper Delaware River, with 55 of the victims not wearing life jackets. Visit www.nps.gov/upde/planyourvisit/riversafety.htm to learn more about the best ways to avoid becoming a statistic.