While Congress is working on negotiations over whether to restore temporary funding to the National Park Service that has been shutdown in the blockbuster partial shutdown of the United States’ federal government, swimming events continue to be affected.
The latest is the Slam the Dam that was scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 5th at the Lake Mead National Recreational Area near Las Vegas.
According to a news release posted on the swim’s official site, this, along with an American Bass Association Fishing Tournament, on Friday, are cancelled at this time.
Lake Mead is the 5th-most visited site of the National Park Service, the National Park Service says that Lake Mead hosts 14,500 visitors on an average day in October, and see $500,000 in total sales per day from the surrounding communities are being lost.
170 employees at Lake Mead are currently furloughed, with approximately 60 remaining on duty.
The Slam the Dam event features a 1.2 mile, 2.4 mile, and 8 kilometer swim.