‘Stats don’t hold water’ — Judges take case to federal authorities
by Bobbie Foust
01.30.13 - 09:00 am
Judge-Executives Wade White and Chris Lasher of Lyon and Livingston counties respectively will take their appeal against barricading prime fishing waters below Barkley Dam to Washington, D.C.

White and Lasher will meet Tuesday afternoon with Sen. Rand Paul and 1st District U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield and later with Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick. Bostick is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers chief engineer and commanding general nationwide. The two judges plan to counter, point -by-point, the reasons Lt. Col. James DeLapp, Nashville District commander, has cited as reasons for his proposal to limit access below and above Barkley and nine other dams on the Cumberland River.

DeLapp outraged Lakeland leaders and fishermen when he announced plans to barricade Barkley 700 feet below the dam and 400 feet above in mid December. At a meeting in Grand Rivers earlier this month, he changed the tailwaters barricade to 500 feet.

DeLapp cited four reasons for limiting access to waters near the dams:

  • Safety
  • Compliance with a 1996 Corps regulation
  • National security.
  • Reduced exposure to liability and lawsuits.
White and Lasher hope Bostick “will agree that...

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