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February 21, 2013

Girdler part of opposition to boat access restrictions

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Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, in a strongly worked letter to the Corps, wrote: “In addition to the negative impacts USACE's (United States Army Corps of Engineers’) plan would have on recreational fishing and tourism in these communities, I am told it would cost the federal government some $3 million to implement.   
“With a federal deficit above $16 trillion and counting, I believe it would be irresponsible to unnecessarily spend an additional $3 million in taxpayer dollars on an initiative to which local communities are vigorously opposed and that would harm Kentucky's economy,” McConnell’s letter said.
Congressman Rogers met with DeLapp the day after the informational meeting to express his concerns and opposition to the plan. A representative from Gov. Steve Beshear’s office requested information about research done that was basis for the regulations.
 Despite political pressure, the Corps apparently has not changed course. Tom Hale, operations manager for Lake Cumberland, said assessments of the situation at the Corps’ 10 projects are still under way. 
“We haven’t done anything yet ... we’re still in the assessment phase, but as far as I know the Corps hasn’t changed its plan,” Hale said Thursday.
A public notice would be issued when barriers are in place, or if the Corps should change direction, Hale said. 

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