Congressman Ed Whitfield continues to push for the Army Corps of Engineers to provide sound reasons for instituting bans on recreational boating and fishing on the tailwaters of Cumberland River Dams.
Whitfield says recreation and fishing are vital to the economic viability of the Land Between the Lakes region in Kentucky and Tennessee. He recently penned a letter to the Corps of Engineers and said the economic impact of fishing and boating are significant locally and many depend on tourism for a job.
The Congressman has been joined in his efforts to keep the tailwaters open by U.S. Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell in addition to many of the Tennessee congressional delegation.
Corps officials say the measure is a safety precaution. Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander recently compared it to the gates being closed 100 percent of the time at a railroad crossing to protect motorists.