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May 2, 2013

Corps outlaws fishing near Wolf Creek Dam


Jamestown —

DeLapp emphasized the Corps is simply following regulations enacted during the 1990s; regulations the Nashville District up to now have not put in place.
Ron Brooks, the fisheries division director for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Services, said Wednesday that his agency doesn't have enough officers to routinely enforce a federal decision.
"The boating restrictions were set by the Corps, and therefore it is their responsibility to enforce them," Brooks said.
Brooks also said the state remained open to working with the federal agency on an agreement that would allow fishing below the dams when water conditions for fishing were tenable.
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., blasted the decision and promised it would prompt Senate action.
"This is a waste of taxpayer dollars and an unreasonable interference with the right to fish below the dams the public owns," Alexander said.
On March 23, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution to the budget that would allow for Congress to pass legislation prohibiting the Corps' plan.

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