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Corps of Engineers Talks About Fishing Restrictions Near Dams

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By Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is spending Tuesday night spreading the word about new restrictions they'll be putting in place on dams along the Cumberland river.

They're preparing to restrict how close boaters and fishermen can get to the dams.

The Corps is holding an informational meeting at the McGavock High School auditorium at 6 p.m. Tuesday, about the topic that's pitting a potential safety risk against the rights of fishermen.

The changes from the Army Corp of Engineers will ban people fishing from boats or wading in the river near the 10 dams that the Corps operates on the Cumberland river.  

It would not affect dams on the Tennessee river, and it would not affect people fishing from the banks of the river.

The Corps says the reason behind these new rules is safety.  They say when the dams release water it can create turbulent waters than are too dangerous to be around.

But those against the corps new limitations say some of the best fishing happens just downstream of dams and they view any restrictions as unnecessary.

These changes are already approved, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it doesn't know when they'll be put in place yet.



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