More than 200 attend Corps hearing on Cumberland fishing restrictions

GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (AP) - The first public meeting to gather comments about a proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restrict access to water near dams along the Cumberland River and its tributaries attracted more than 200 concerned fishermen and residents.

The Paducah Sun ( reports the meeting in Grand Rivers, Ky., also brought out a congressman and representatives for the governor and U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.

Many who spoke expressed frustration over the proposal, saying it isn't necessary.

The Corps said the regulation has been on the books for 16 years without being enforced. Officials announced in December that they planned to close boaters' access to the waters for safety reasons.

Three more meetings - two in Tennessee and one in Kentucky - are planned.

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