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May 16, 2013

McConnell sponsors amendment to stop ban on fishing near dams

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Washington, D.C. —

  The Kentucky senator met last month with local elected officials, anglers and local residents at Lake Barkley to hear firsthand their concerns regarding the Corps' plan and was told that the proposal to install barricades and to block access to areas which are popular with anglers in Kentucky would have a major impact on the communities near the Barkley and
Wolf Creek Dams. McConnell said he took action because the Corps, without cooperation or explanation, continues its plan to block fishing access to the tailwaters of these dams.
  During an informational meeting January 24 at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, fishermen mingled among politicians and public officials, almost all expressing opposition to implementing no-access areas close to Wolf Creek Dam.  Fishermen say the area near the dam is one of the top five fishing spots in Kentucky.
Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, the Corps’ Nashville District commander, said since 2009 there have been three fatalities, one serious injury and 10 near misses/rescues in hazardous waters downstream from Corps-operated dams. He said the Corps has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in out-of-court settlements for these mishaps.
  DeLapp emphasized the Corps is simply following regulations enacted during the 1990s; regulations the Nashville District up to now have not put in place.

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