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January 30, 2014

Whale of a reaction to minnow decision that affects lake level

Corps swamped with complaints

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Jamestown —

“I urge the Army Corps and U.S. Fish and Wildlife to reconsider this decision and I will contact both agencies immediately to express concerns of those in the community,” promised McConnell.
Congressman Hal Rogers urged quick resolution of the matter.
“First and foremost, I want lake enthusiasts to know that Lake Cumberland will still be available for boating and fishing this summer with an attractive pool level, above 700 feet. However, continuous delays on the Wolf Creek Dam project have created costly inconveniences for the tourism industry in and around Lake Cumberland for nearly a decade and this is disappointing to say the least, he said. 
“I expect the endangered fish to be cared for as quickly as possible, so the lake can be raised an additional 20 feet this summer. I have requested regular updates from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife to ensure there are no additional delays,” Rogers concluded.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul called the situation “obnoxious.”
“Kentuckians are being asked to suffer through yet another absurd ordeal at the hands of the federal government. Lake Cumberland businesses, families and visitors have waited seven years for a return to normalcy, and federal agencies are now saying we'll probably have to wait even longer. Any delay is obnoxious and I would hope federal authorities would recognize the negative impact,” said Paul.
“I have introduced legislation that would let us avoid problems like these altogether,” Paul continued. “The Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act would give Kentucky the power to regulate all of our endangered species and also give Congress the ability to review the process of naming endangered species,” said Paul.
 Kentucky Senator Chris Girdler, Somerset, said the Corps is giving the duskytail darter too many rights.

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