U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Government
10:23 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Corps of Engineers Nashville Dist. to close campgrounds

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The federal government shutdown has prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District to close all of its campgrounds and day-use parks at noon Friday.  The district had announced that it intended to keep these areas open as scheduled, but they say support to the recreation areas can’t be sustained. 

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Government
3:14 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Freedom to Fish Act Becomes Law

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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.

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.

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Government
4:03 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Freedom to Fish Act Passes House

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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.

The House passed the measure unanimously Tuesday.

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Government
4:51 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Bill Blocking USACE Restrictions on Fishing Passes Senate

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The U.S. Senate passed a bill Wednesday to stop the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from restricting fishing access around Corps dams, specifically along the Cumberland River.

Sen. Mitch McConnell sponsored the bill.

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 the economic impact it would have on tourism outweighed any potential dangers.

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Environment
12:09 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Army Corps Sets Dates for Dam Restriction Meetings

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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.

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Business
7:08 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Barge companies plead for help on Mississippi

Barge traffic on the Cumberland River at Smithland in Livingston County, Kentucky , USA. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains the river for tug-and-barge navigation.
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Several barge companies that operate on the drought-stricken Mississippi River have asked Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to call for a presidential disaster declaration.  The companies, including three based in Paducah, say doing so could be a first step in getting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release water from the Missouri River to improve the Mississippi’s flow.  Crounse Corporation, James Marine, Ingram Barge, Marquette Transportation, and AEP River Operations made the appeal in a letter sent late last week. 

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Government
7:04 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Corps to hold meetings on restricting water access

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning a series of public meeting in January to solicit opinions on restricting access in hazardous waters immediately upstream and downstream of all Corps-owned locks and dams in Kentucky and Tennessee.  Dates for the meetings have not been set. 

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Environment
2:54 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Army Corps Shares More Detail on Proposed Dam Restrictions

U. S. Army Corps of Engineers map of proposed Barkley Dam restriction zone.
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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.

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.

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Environment
11:20 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Army Corps Monitors Low Water on Ohio RIver

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U. S. Army Corps of Engineers officials continue to monitor low water levels in the Ohio River. Hydraulic engineer Bryan Astifan said the river level at Cairo, Ill., is a barometer of how the Ohio River basin and the Upper Mississippi River basin is fairing in the drought.

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Environment
4:16 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Dry start to summer affecting TN River

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Officials say Sunday's rain was not enough to counter the effects of drought on Barkley and Kentucky lakes. National Weather Service meteorologists report the region's rainfall is about 11 inches below the average. 

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