WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that includes legislation aimed at halting controversial fishing restrictions near Cumberland River dams.
U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, both Republicans, said Wednesday a measure they sponsored to halt the restrictions passed as part of the Water Resources Development Act.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun implementing a ban on fishing from boats both above and below Cumberland River watershed dams, in areas known as headwaters and tailwaters. The Corps has said the ban is for the safety of boaters, but fishermen in Kentucky and Tennessee have been vocal in their opposition to losing access to what they say are prime fishing spots.
The legislation would delegate enforcement of fishing restrictions to state wildlife agencies, taking it out of the hands of the Corps.