Water levels will not be increased for Summer 2014 on Lake Cumberland

RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Boaters at Lake Cumberland will have to wait at least another summer before the water level is back to normal.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Wednesday, it would not be increasing water levels this season because new populations of an endangered fish called the Duskytail Darter was discovered in five miles of stream habitat in the headwaters area of the lake.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service now has to evaluate the situation before water levels can be raised.

The corps lowered lake levels to 680 feet seven years ago to make repairs to Wolf Creek Dam. Last summer water levels were raised 25 feet, it was supposed to be raised an additional 18 feet this year to bring water levels back to the original 723 feet.

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