Bureau of Reclamation Renews Agreement with C.A.S.T for Kids Foundation
Credit: Reclamation News Releases
"C.A.S.T. is a wonderful program that provides opportunities for children that they may never get otherwise," Commissioner López said. "Reclamation supports activities that brings families into America’s Great Outdoors and provides unique water-related recreational opportunities for the youth of America."
Reclamation’s work with C.A.S.T. also supports the Department of the Interior's Youth Initiative that seeks to bridge the growing disconnect between young people and the outdoors. C.A.S.T. events allow participants to leave their cares on the shore and enjoy a fun, on-the-water outdoor fishing experience.
The first C.A.S.T event was held in 1992 at Banks Lake in eastern Washington. Since 2010, Reclamation has hosted 3,392 children, their families and caregivers attending events. These events were supported by nearly 8,000 volunteers including boat captains who took the children out on the reservoirs. Reclamation will be hosting approximately 15 events in 2015.
In 2012, Reclamation and other federal agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide a general framework for cooperation among the agencies and C.A.S.T. for increased opportunities for individuals served by C.A.S.T. to use and enjoy outdoor recreation on federal lands and waters.