U.S. Senate passes bill protecting fishing access near dams
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that stops a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposal to restrict fishing near 10 dams along the Cumberland River.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who sponsored the bill, says barricading the dams would negatively impact Kentucky's fishing and tourism business.
McConnell's version of the bill allows the Corps to restrict areas only when operating conditions create hazardous waters, rather than 24 hours per day.
The measure was included in the Water Resources Development Act, which the Senate passed around 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The bill now goes to the House of Representatives.