Officials plead case with Army Corps of Engineers

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) -- If the Army Corp of engineers doesn't back off a proposal to close fishing waters near dams on the Cumberland River, lawmakers from Kentucky and Tennessee may take up the issue in Congress.

Media reported that two western Kentucky county officials joined U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee in a meeting Tuesday with Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, the Corps' deputy commander. The group discussed possible alternatives to closing the waters directly above and below the 10 dams the agency operates on the river and its tributaries. The waters attract fishermen, but the corps has said the action is necessary for safety.

Whitfield and Alexander say they are prepared to file legislation if discussions don't produce a satisfactory resolution.

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