Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

January 9, 2013

State wildlife group to fight restrictions

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — It was good to learn this week that the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will oppose the new regulations proposed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers limiting the access to waters below their dams in Kentucky on the Cumberland River.

The new restrictions, announced here a couple of weeks ago, are based on a 1996 policy that prohibits water bound access to areas above and below dams. This would impact Martin’s Fork, Laurel River, Barkley and Cumberland lakes in Kentucky.

In a news release this week, KDFWR announced that it will oppose these restrictions and favor a compromise for boat access when water conditions are safe.

The Corps plans two public meetings in Kentucky for January. The first meeting will be Thursday at Grand Rivers from 6 to 8 p.m. CST, at the Badgett Playhouse Theater at 1831 JH O’Bryan.

The second meeting will be in Somerset from 6 to 8 p.m. EST on Jan. 24. The meeting will be at Suite 300 at The Center for Rural Development at 2292 U.S. 27. If you go, make sure to turn at Traffic Light 15. This is the meeting that most of the fishermen in our area plan to attend.

For more information, see Thursday's print or e-editions of the Daily Times.