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February 12, 2014

Lawmakers angle with U.S. Fish & Wildlife to expedite darter study


Washington, D.C. —

The congressional delegation also discussed with Ashe about when the duskytail darter issue will be resolved and Lake Cumberland can return to normal levels. Apparently Ashe didn’t have an answer to this one, but promised the congressmen he would work with the regional agency and get back with them.
Don B. Getty, manager of the $594 million Wolf Creek Dam Rehabilitation Project, told the Commonwealth Journal last week that, if not delayed by high lake levels, placement of riprap on the face of the dam should be completed by the end of February and the lake can soon rise to 705 feet above sea level, the same as last summer.
Last summer’s level doesn’t make tourism interests in the Lake Cumberland Area very happy. Problems at Wolf Creek Dam have kept the lake about 40 feet below normal level since 2007. Dam repairs were essentially completed last March and the lake last summer was raised 25 feet during the vacation season. 
Folks around here thought the lake would return to normal operation this summer. Normal operation is a pool stage of 723 feet during the vacation season.
Brigadier General Margaret W. Burcham, commander and Division engineer of the Corps’ Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, will make the final decision when Lake Cumberland will return to normal operation.

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