Nashville, Tenn. —
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has declined comment on a two-year moratorium passed by both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to halt the Corps’ plans to implement barriers and restrict fishing accesses to the tailwaters of Barkley and Wolf Creek dams along the Cumberland River.
“We don’t comment on pending legis-lation,” said Bill Peoples, chief of public affairs for the Corps’ Nashville District. “It’s still legislation ... it hasn’t been signed by the President,” Peoples added.
The Corps announced the first of May that it would begin placing buoys and signs to restrict fishing and water activities close to Wolf Creek Dam and nine other Corps-operated dams on the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The restricted access at all dams was supposed to be in place by late spring or early summer. Peoples declined to say if the project is proceeding.
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell praised the House of Representatives yesterday for passing his measure. Representative Ed Whitfield led the effort to move the provision through the House.
“This is great news for fishing enthusiasts and business owners in Kentucky, and I want to thank Congressman Whitfield for helping move it through the House of Representatives,” Senator McConnell said.
“For decades, Kentuckians and anglers from faraway have enjoyed the pleasure of fishing the tailwaters on the Cumberland River. For many in this area, it has become a rite of passage. So you can imagine the outrage at a decision by the Obama Administration to end this proud tradition in the name of big-government-certified safety and security.”
McConnell added: “Recently, I had the chance to talk directly with many area anglers and business owners about the disastrous effect the Army Corps’ plan would have on their livelihoods, and thanked them for making their voices heard.