McConnell, Paul, Whifield speak out against dam barricades
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Apr 18, 2013 | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield (above) and Senator Mitch McConnell were among several to speak Saturday at the Freedom to Fish Rally at Barkley Dam.</i>
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U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield (above) and Senator Mitch McConnell were among several to speak Saturday at the Freedom to Fish Rally at Barkley Dam.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to install barricades at 10 dams on the Cumberland River must be stopped, federal, state and local officials said to a crowd of 100 people Saturday at the Freedom to Fish Rally at Barkley Dam.

U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield (R, District One, Kentucky) talked about the Freedom to Fish Act – U.S. Senate Bill 826 and House Bill 421. These bills, Whitfield said, would allow sporting and recreational fishermen to continue to fish in river tailwaters.

“We do have the Freedom to Fish Act, and we’re going to try to get it to the floor under suspension calendar to get a vote on it,” Whitfield said. “I don’t know what else we’re going to do, but I’m going to commit to you today that our group, working together, we’re going to do everything possible to make sure that we protect the right to fish at these dams.”

Whitfield also said the won’t stop fighting, even if the barricades are installed. A “fact sheet” presented at the rally said the barricades would cost $2.6 million, which would come from “delaying hiring of personnel and reducing recreation area (campground) service levels and maintenance.” The fact sheet says the money taken away from recreation areas would hurt tourism.

District One Kentucky State Senator Stan Humphries (R) wasn’t among the featured speakers, but said after the rally that they probably won’t know how much support these bills will have until they get to the floor. He also said the State Senate has passed a resolution showing support for the Freedom to Fish Act.

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