Freedom to Fish Act http://wkms.org en Freedom to Fish Below Cumberland River Dams Now Signed into Law http://wkms.org/post/freedom-fish-below-cumberland-river-dams-now-signed-law <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new law now protects the right to fish in the </span>tailwaters<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of dams on the Cumberland River, thanks to work from Kentucky and Tennessee federal lawmakers.</span></p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:45:07 +0000 John Null 41190 at http://wkms.org Freedom to Fish Below Cumberland River Dams Now Signed into Law 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 Freedom to Fish Act Passes House http://wkms.org/post/freedom-fish-act-passes-house <p></p><p>Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have passed legislation to prevent the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers from installing barriers in the tailwaters of Cumberland River dams.</p><p>The House passed the measure unanimously Tuesday.</p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 21:03:10 +0000 John Null 31720 at http://wkms.org Freedom to Fish Act Passes House 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 Senators Continue to Criticize Corp of Engineers Dam Restrictions http://wkms.org/post/senators-continue-criticize-corp-engineers-dam-restrictions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Kentucky Senators continue to condemn the Army Corps of Engineers decision to restrict access to the tail-waters of Barkley Dam.</span></p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 18:45:48 +0000 Drew Adams 31268 at http://wkms.org Senators Continue to Criticize Corp of Engineers Dam Restrictions Politicians and Anglers Voice Concerns Over Dam Barriers http://wkms.org/post/politicians-and-anglers-voice-concerns-over-dam-barriers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>Politicians and Anglers are teaming up to stop the U-S Army Corps of Engineers from installing barriers next to its dams on the Cumberland River which will keep boats from accessing the dam’s tail waters. Senators Mitch McConnell, Lamar Alexander and Rand Paul, and Congressman Ed Whitfield took part in a “Freedom to Fish Rally” this weekend at Barkley Dam to protest to Corps’ plan. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:44:42 +0000 John Walker 30599 at http://wkms.org Politicians and Anglers Voice Concerns Over Dam Barriers Anglers, Politicians Join Forces at Freedom to Fish Rally http://wkms.org/post/anglers-politicians-join-forces-freedom-fish-rally <p></p><p>Politicians and anglers are teaming up to stop the US Army Corps of Engineers from installing barriers next to its dams to keep boats from getting too close.</p><p>Sens. Mitch McConnell, Lamar Alexander, Rand Paul and Congressman Ed Whitfield took part in a “Freedom to Fish Rally” this weekend at Barkley Dam to protest to Corps’ plan.</p><p>Whitfield has introduced a bill in Congress called “The Freedom to Fish Act,” but he says the effort doesn’t stop there.&nbsp; Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:51:35 +0000 John Walker 30561 at http://wkms.org Anglers, Politicians Join Forces at Freedom to Fish Rally Federal Lawmakers Will Host "Freedom To Fish Rally" Saturday at Barkley Dam http://wkms.org/post/federal-lawmakers-will-host-freedom-fish-rally-saturday-barkley-dam <p>U.S. Senators from Kentucky and Tennessee along with Congressman Ed Whitfield are holding a “Freedom To Fish” rally this weekend to gain support for a bill that prevents the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers from imposing restriction on fishing near Corp dams on the Cumberland River.</p><p>Saturday’s rally, which includes Senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, is at Barkley Dam. &nbsp; Whitfield’s “Freedom to Fish Act” promises to prohibit the Corps of Engineers from taking any action to restrict public access to waters downstream of a dam.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 20:06:04 +0000 Chad Lampe 30351 at http://wkms.org Federal Lawmakers Will Host "Freedom To Fish Rally" Saturday at Barkley Dam Senators Introduce Bill to Preserve Tailwater Fishing http://wkms.org/post/senators-introduce-bill-preserve-tailwater-fishing <p></p><p>Senators from Kentucky and Tennessee have introduced legislation to preserve tailwater fishing in the dams of the Cumberland River. The legislation, called the Freedom to Fish Act, would prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from installing barriers along portions of the river that would block fishing access to tailwaters.</p><p>Dams are popular fishing spots because small fish get trapped and attract larger ones like catfish and bass. Corp officials say boating too close to the spillways at the dams is a safety risk and that barriers will go up this year. Anglers in both states have been voicing outrage over the plan. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:16:16 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 28735 at http://wkms.org Senators Introduce Bill to Preserve Tailwater Fishing Whitfield Introduces Bill to Keep Tailwaters Open http://wkms.org/post/whitfield-introduces-bill-keep-tailwaters-open <p></p><p>U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield has introduced a bill to keep the Army Corps of Engineers from blocking fishing near dams on the Cumberland River, a plan that’s drawn outrage from anglers in Kentucky and Tennessee.</p><p>Whitfield met earlier with corps officials and said he was prepared to file legislation if necessary.&nbsp; Whitfield says his Freedom to Fish Act allows continued boating access to river tailwaters for sportsmen and recreational fishermen. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:04:15 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 28609 at http://wkms.org Whitfield Introduces Bill to Keep Tailwaters Open