House bill for Lake Cumberland businesses

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - A bill proposed by two Kentucky members of
Congress would aid marina owners on Lake Cumberland who say they
have lost business because of low water levels.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has kept the lake's level under the usual summer tourist-season level since January 2007 while repairs are done on Wolf Creek Dam.

The bill proposed by U.S. Reps. Hal Rogers and Ed Whitfield would suspend the marinas' annual lease payments to the Corps and reimburse marina owners for lost business.

Lee's Ford Marina Owner J.D. Hamilton says he's grateful for the bill and hopes it passes.

His is one of 11 commercial marinas on the lake. Several say their income dropped 30 percent or more after the lake drawdown.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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