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Posted: Tuesday, 10 June 2014 4:40PM

Freedom To Fish Act Signed By President Obama

Anglers across Kentucky are cheering this week, thanks to the Freedom to Fish Act signed Tuesday by President Obama, a piece of legislation that puts an immediate two-year halt on the Corps of Engineer's plans to block boating access above and below Cumberland River dams. Lyon County Judge Executive Wade White says he's excited about the passage of the act.

Senator Mitch McConnell and Representative Ed Whitfield led the charge for the bill after the Corps' Nashville District announced its plan in 2012 to block access above and below 10 dams on the Cumberland River in Kentucky and Tennessee. Judge White says the Freedom to Fish Act should give time for legislators to pass a long-term solution.

White says one permanent part of the Freedom to Fish Act places the control of those waters under state control.

Lyon County, and other lakes area counties rely heavily on the tourism generated by the prime fishing above and below the dam.

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