Congressman wants details of Corps' fishing access decision

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky congressman is continuing his fight against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to restrict access to water near dams along the Cumberland River and its tributaries.

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield on Monday sent 3 ½ pages of questions and requests for documents to the commander of the Nashville district of the Corps of Engineers and asked for a response by Friday. The letter asks for documents that led to the decision to restrict access to the water, relevant documents, where the Corps obtained $2.6 million to install barricades and other information.

Corps officials have warned that boating too close to spillways at the dams is risky. The corps said 14 people have died in the tailwaters below the dams on the Cumberland River since 1970, including three since 2009.

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