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Alexander’s Dam Fishing Proposal Clears Senate

News release from Sen. Lamar Alexander:
WASHINGTON, May 15 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced Senate passage today of a proposal he included in the Water Resources Development Act that would prohibit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing its proposed fishing restrictions below dams on the Cumberland River, and delegate enforcement to state wildlife agencies.
“The U.S. Senate has once again sent a clear message to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this time through legislation that would stop Big Brother in Washington from holding the hands of fishermen in Tennessee and Kentucky,” Alexander said. “We’re moving forward because the Corps continues to relentlessly pursue its unreasonable restrictions, wasting taxpayer dollars and ignoring elected representatives who are fighting to preserve the freedom to fish below publicly owned dams on the Cumberland River.”
Alexander’s proposal would delegate enforcement to state wildlife agencies, and require the Corps to stop taking any further action until it has re-evaluated its plans. Alexander has also said he will restrict the Corps’ ability to transfer new funds to projects if it doesn’t abandon its plans. Alexander said, “Hopefully the Corps will recognize that we have a life jacket problem, not a water problem, and agree to find a reasonable solution to keeping fishermen safe on the Cumberland River.”

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Alexander Bill Supports Dam Fishing

News release from Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office:
NASHVILLE, Feb. 21 – At a press conference today at Old Hickory Dam, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) told a gathering of anglers and other community members that he will introduce legislation next week to delay the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “unreasonable plan to restrict fishing below Cumberland River dams that will destroy remarkably good recreational opportunities and many jobs.”
“Water spills through the Cumberland River dams less than 20 percent of the time on average,” the senator said. “To close off the tailwaters to fishing 100 percent of the time would be like keeping the gate down at the railroad crossing 100 percent of the time: The track isn’t dangerous when the train isn’t coming, and the tailwaters aren’t dangerous when the water isn’t spilling through the dam.”
Alexander said his legislation would require the Corps to conduct an environmental impact review before it could restrict public access to the fishing waters below ten dams on the Cumberland River. The senator said this process would likely take more than a year and would include multiple comment periods, as well as give Congress time to determine if the funding required for the safety barriers on the Cumberland River is in the best interest of public safety and the American taxpayer.

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TN, KY Lawmakers to Fight for Dam Fishing?

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — If the Army Corp of engineers doesn’t back off a proposal to close fishing waters near dams on the Cumberland River, lawmakers from Kentucky and Tennessee may take up the issue in Congress.
Media reported that two western Kentucky county officials joined U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee in a meeting Tuesday with Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, the Corps’ deputy commander. The group discussed possible alternatives to closing the waters directly above and below the 10 dams the agency operates on the river and its tributaries, but no decisions were made.
The waters are plentiful with fish and attract anglers, but the corps has said the action is necessary for safety.
Whitfield and Alexander say they are prepared to file legislation if discussions don’t produce a satisfactory resolution.

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