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January 7, 2013

Public Information Meetings Set For U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Regarding Restricted Areas Around Dams

Frankfort, KY. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set two public meetings in Kentucky for January to inform the public about implementation of plans to restrict boat access near locks and dams on the Cumberland River and all of its tributaries.

The first meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. CST at the Badgett Playhouse Theater at 1831 JH O'Bryan Ave. on Jan. 10 in Grand Rivers, Ky. The second meeting is in Somerset from 6 to 8 p.m. EST Jan. 24. The meeting will be held at Suite 300 at the Somerset Center for Rural Development at 2292 U.S. 27. Make sure to turn at Traffic Light 15.

The new restrictions are based on a 1996 policy that prohibits water bound access to areas above and below dams. This will impact Martin’s Fork, Laurel River, Barkley and Cumberland lakes in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources opposes these restrictions and favor a compromise for boat access when water conditions are safe.

"The below dam restrictions will significantly impact anglers, especially below Lake Cumberland and Lake Barkley," said Ron Brooks, director of fisheries for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. "Both of these areas support major recreational fisheries that will be negatively affected by these restrictions."

The economic value of the recreational fishery below Lake Barkley is more than $3 million annually. The area below Lake Cumberland supports the highest catch rate and harvest of trout in the entire 75-mile stretch of the Cumberland River from the dam to the Tennessee state line.


(credit - Kentucky Afield Outdoors)

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