Tuesday, October 21, 2014 · 12:45 p.m.

Meeting crowd opposes Cumberland River tailwater closure

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In announcing a plan to restrict boat access beneath Cumberland River dams, the corps says it intends to construct buoy line barriers, a series of floating barrels and cables stretched across the waterway that prevents the passage of boats. (Photo: Contributed)

Following a public meeting Thursday night in Grand Rivers, Ky., the Corps of Engineers did not flinch on its plan to close Cumberland River dam tailwaters to fishermen, according to an article on Courier-Journal.com

Approximately 300 people showed up at the first of four planned public meetings. Corps of Engineers Nashville District Commander Lt. Col. James DeLapp made it clear the agency has made its decision and has no plans to change it.

The article said all 35 people who spoke out at the meeting opposed the plan, including U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.).

“I’m personally disappointed because from the [corps'] presentation it looks like the decision has already been made," Whitfield said. "We’re going to do everything that we have an option to do to prevent them from making the change.”

The next of the remaining three public meetings is Jan. 15, 6-8 p.m. CST, at McGavock High School Auditorium, located at 3150 McGavock Pike in Nashville. The next meeting after that is Jan. 17, 6-8 p.m. CST, at Upperman High School Auditorium, located at 6950 Nashville Highway in Baxter, Tenn.

Read Richard Simms' editorial against the corps' proposal.

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