Environment
7:01 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Whitfield Wants Details of Corps' Access Decision

Credit U.S. Congress

A Kentucky congressman is continuing his fight against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to restrict access to water near dams along the Cumberland River and its tributaries.

U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield sent three and a half pages of questions and document requests Monday  to the Nashville Corps of Engineers commander and asked for a response by Friday. The letter asks for documents that led to the decision to restrict water access, relevant documents where the Corps obtained $2.6 million to install barricades and other information.

Corps officials have warned that boating too close to dam spillways is risky. The corps says 14 people have died since 1970 in the tailwaters below Cumberland River dams, including three since 2009.