Fishermen Seek Law to Keep Access to Cumberland River Dams Open

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials angered a crowd of more than 300 people Tuesday when they stated they will begin restricting boating and fishing access above and below Cumberland River Dams in order to comply with national safety policy, the Tennessean reports. In response, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, and Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Kentucky, announced they would pursue legislation to keep access near the dams open if the Corps doesn’t pull back from its plan. “There is a logical solution to the problem, which is close the area when it is dangerous and open it when it is safe and give people plenty of warning about the difference,” Alexander told reporters during a conference call.