Alexander Tours TN Dam, Vows to Help Fishermen
By AP, WestKyStar Staff
NASHVILLE, TN - Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander held a press conference on Thursday at Old Hickory Dam in Nashville to discuss concerns about the Corps' plan which would limit fishing along the Cumberland River including Barkley Dam in western Kentucky.
Alexander was joined by members of the community, including anglers who are outraged over the plan, and representatives of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Tennessee Wildlife Federation.
The plan could stop fishing in tailwaters below dams along the river, even when water isn't spilling through the dams. They say boating too close to the spillways is a safety risk and barriers will be going up this year.
Sen. Alexander earlier this month announced that he is exploring federal legislation to halt the fishing limitations on the Cumberland. Rep. Ed Whitfield of western Kentucky has vowed to do the same in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Corps of Engineers' Nashville District released the following statement after Alexander's visit:
“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District, was honored to host U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander today at Old Hickory Lock and Dam. During Senator's Alexander's visit, members of the District had the opportunity to show him the hazards (to include spilling and generating releases) within the proposed restricted areas and discuss the District's commitment to providing for the Public Safety while coming into compliance with ER 1130-2-520. As to the proposed legislation that Senator Alexander announced, the Corps cannot comment on pending or proposed legislation.”