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Old 06-05-13, 09:14 AM   #1
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Just passing along some good news.

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Old 06-05-13, 09:04 PM   #2
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Wont let you read it unless a subscriber,besides he did nothing no way a trophy trout stretch would ever be closed.someday however due to the improper location of the dam something will happen.Currently a money pit being fixed,but the hole never seems to fill,been going on for years.Would have been cheaper to relocate it slightly upstream then demolish at leasure or leave as a temp water retainer when flooding-it leaks,not so much thru the dam but around it.
Kind of like bills being passed to keep criminals from getting guns duh already in place.
But im sure he will take the bow for it just like the handout of free cell phones prior to election,was started long ago for the poor by another.
Same with low interest loans started years ago by or for the poor,not an obama plan and wasnt racist just poor was the qualifier.
While you or I may or may not agree with him he didnt get there by being dumb,knows the ropes and how to play,no different than any other politician glad to take the credit for others work,glad to say past pres is reason for bad things.Like I got handed this lol.
But he doesnt care one bit about trout fishing,your recreation etc.until it costs or gains votes.
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Here's a copy of the article.

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Corps' lake restrictions remain in place for holiday weekend despite legislation
House vote sends Cumberland River fishing bill to Obama
Sen. Lamar Alexander may hold up Corps budget requests if fishing restrictions enforced
Anglers in Tennessee and Kentucky can once again get close to Cumberland River dams to fish.

President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law legislation prohibiting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from putting in place boating and fishing restrictions immediately below the 10 dams the agency operates on the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The ban applies for the next two years.

“Now the Corps is required, by law, to stop wasting taxpayer dollars and ignoring elected officials who are standing up for fishermen,” said U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

Alexander clashed with the Corps over the issue and pushed the agency for months to back off from its plan before sponsoring the legislation. The bill, known as the “Freedom to Fish Act,” passed the House and Senate last month.

The bill delegates enforcement below the dams to state agencies and would ensure that boaters and anglers still have some access — when conditions are safest — to the tailwaters of the dams. The Corps’ plan would have put in place permanent restrictions.

When the Corps releases water from the dams, the water immediately below becomes turbulent. Since last year, the Corps had worked on a plan to prohibit boats and anglers from getting too close, citing safety as its top priority. The agency in April began putting in place signs and buoys warning boaters about the restrictions.

Compromise was urged
Anglers opposed the restrictions, and Republican and Democratic lawmakers from throughout Tennessee and Kentucky urged the Corps to compromise and still allow some level of access. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, which patrols other areas of the Cumberland and its lakes, had vowed not to enforce the restrictions.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Nashville District spokesman Bill Peoples released a statement saying the agency would comply with the legislation.

Peoples said by email that the Corps will work with Tennessee and Kentucky officials to implement the law. With signs and buoys already up near many of the dams, Peoples said local agency officials will seek guidance from Corps headquarters on how to proceed.

“Enforcement is now a responsibility of the state,” he said.

The sponsors of the legislation included U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville; Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood; Rep. Diane Black, R-Gallatin; and Rep. Stephen Fincher, R-Frog Jump.


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Contact Duane W. Gang at 615-726-5982 or dgang@tennessean.com. Follow him on Twitter @duanegang.
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