Barkley Dam http://wkms.org en Freedom to Fish Act Becomes Law http://wkms.org/post/freedom-fish-act-becomes-law <p></p><p>President Barack Obama signed the Freedom to Fish Act into law today, placing a two-year moratorium on restricting fishing access to the tailwaters of dams on the Cumberland River.</p><p>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wanted to install signage and a line of buoys separating fishermen from what they characterize hazardous waters. Legislators like Sen. Mitch McConnell felt that the economic impact on tourism outweighed any potential dangers.</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:14:55 +0000 John Null 31854 at http://wkms.org Freedom to Fish Act Becomes Law Bill Blocking USACE Restrictions on Fishing Passes Senate http://wkms.org/post/bill-blocking-usace-restrictions-fishing-passes-senate <p></p><p>The U.S. Senate passed a bill Wednesday to stop the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from<a href="http://wkms.org/term/freedom-fish-act"> restricting fishing access</a> around Corps dams, specifically along the Cumberland River.</p><p>Sen. Mitch McConnell sponsored the bill.</p><p>The Corps of Engineers wants to install signage and a line of buoys separating fishermen from what they characterize “hazardous waters.” Legislators like McConnell felt&nbsp;the economic impact it would have on tourism outweighed any potential dangers.</p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 21:51:53 +0000 John Null 31660 at http://wkms.org Bill Blocking USACE Restrictions on Fishing Passes Senate Whitfield Demanding USACE Consider Other Solutions for Tailwater Closures http://wkms.org/post/whitfield-demanding-usace-consider-other-solutions-tailwater-closures <p></p><p>Kentucky’s first district congressman Ed Whitfield demands that the Army Corps of Engineers consider solutions other than permanently closing areas around Cumberland River dams to fishing. Corps officials announced in December they would restrict access 700 feet downstream and 400 feet upstream of the dams because the area is dangerous. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:10:36 +0000 Shelly Baskin 28135 at http://wkms.org Whitfield Demanding USACE Consider Other Solutions for Tailwater Closures Whitfield Says Discussions Continue on New USACE Regulations http://wkms.org/post/whitfield-says-discussions-continue-new-usace-regulations <p></p><p>Kentucky’s First District Congressman Ed Whitfield says the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers made no promises to change their decision to restrict access near Cumberland River dams, but they&nbsp;were willing to continue discussions. Whitfield and several other lawmakers met with Army Corps of Engineers officials yesterday about the planned restricted access. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:56:34 +0000 Shelly Baskin 27708 at http://wkms.org Whitfield Says Discussions Continue on New USACE Regulations Whitfield and Local Leaders Meet With Corps to Discuss New Dam Regulations http://wkms.org/post/whitfield-and-local-leaders-meet-corps-discuss-new-dam-regulations <p></p><p>Kentucky's 1st District Congressman Ed Whitfield and several western Kentucky judge executives are taking their complaints about changes to Army Corps of Engineers regulations to the top of the chain of command tomorrow. The corps has reinterpreted an existing rule to prohibit recreational activity, including fishing, within several hundred feet on either side of the dams on the Cumberland river. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 22:21:33 +0000 Shelly Baskin 27625 at http://wkms.org Whitfield and Local Leaders Meet With Corps to Discuss New Dam Regulations Whitfield Opposes Closing Waters Around Dams to Fishing http://wkms.org/post/whitfield-opposes-closing-waters-around-dams-fishing <p></p><p>Kentucky First District Congressman Ed Whitfield says he’s against closing off waters close to Cumberland River dams to boaters and fisherman. Army Corp of Engineers officials say the restrictions would include closing off 400 feet of water upstream and 700 downstream from Barkley Dam. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:00:34 +0000 Shelly Baskin 26921 at http://wkms.org Whitfield Opposes Closing Waters Around Dams to Fishing Army Corps Sets Dates for Dam Restriction Meetings http://wkms.org/post/army-corps-sets-dates-dam-restriction-meetings <p></p><p>The Army Corps of Engineers will hear public comment on pending Cumberland River dam restrictions Jan. 10, in Grand Rivers. The Corps announced earlier this month it would restrict all water access above and below 10 dams, including the one on Lake Barkley because it's a dangerous area. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:09:56 +0000 Angela Hatton 26181 at http://wkms.org Army Corps Sets Dates for Dam Restriction Meetings Western Ky. Judge-Executives Seek to Delay Barkley Dam Restrictions http://wkms.org/post/western-ky-judge-executives-seek-delay-barkley-dam-restrictions <p></p><p>Lyon and Livingston County's judge-executives are seeking federal support to halt planned boating and swimming restrictions above and below Barkley Dam.</p><p>The Army Corps of Engineers announced they planned to put in 24-7 restrictions about 700 feet downstream and 400 feet upstream of the dam because the area poses a danger to the public. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 18:51:32 +0000 Angela Hatton 25999 at http://wkms.org Western Ky. Judge-Executives Seek to Delay Barkley Dam Restrictions Army Corps Shares More Detail on Proposed Dam Restrictions http://wkms.org/post/army-corps-shares-more-detail-proposed-dam-restrictions <p></p><p>The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers holds a public meeting in Paducah in January to talk about new restrictions above and below ten Cumberland River dams. The move sets up no access zones for boating, swimming or wading.</p><p>The proposed restriction for Lake Barkley Dam is 400 feet upstream and 700 feet downstream. The Corps previously had safety standards close to the dams, but Lieutenant Colonel James DeLapp says a recent review of Corps rules found the Cumberland River was not up to current standards. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:54:13 +0000 Angela Hatton 25663 at http://wkms.org Army Corps Shares More Detail on Proposed Dam Restrictions