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With warning signs on the left, there’s tailwater fishing at the base of Fort Loudoun Dam.

Tailwater fishing threat Alexander supports TVA’s tailwater procedures vs. USACE


In dealing with the dangers of quickly occurring water turbulence in the tailwaters of Tennessee’s hydroelectric dams, Tennessee Valley Authority and United States Army Corps of Engineers have different procedures. While USACE, Nashville District, prepares to ban on-thewater recreation, mostly fishing, in the tailwaters of its 10 Cumberland River dams beginning in April, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) is gathering Capitol Hill support for legislation to fight USACE. Alexander said he prefers TVA’s siren and lights warning system — including electronic message signs that light up at Fort Loudoun Dam among others — otherwise allowing fishing, boating, swimming and wading at the base of its 29 Tennessee River hydroelectric dams. “The tailwaters are only dangerous when the water is spilling through the dam, and when it’s not, tailwaters provide some of the best fishing areas in the U.S.,

attracting thousands of fishermen and creating hundreds of jobs in Tennessee and Kentucky,” Alexander stated in a February press release. “For example, water spills through the Center Hill dam about 14 percent of the time. The most logical solution would be to make the area safe when the danger exists. “To close the tailwaters to fishing 100 percent of the time would be like keeping the gate down at the railroad crossing 100 percent of the time – the track is not dangerous when the train is not coming, and the tailwaters are not dangerous when the water is not spilling through the dam,” Alexander added. According to another February press release from his office, Alexander sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy, “voicing his ‘strong opposition’ to the Corps’ plan that would divert $2.6 million in federal money toward barriers restricting access to the tailwaters.” Interestingly, Alexander is senior Republican on Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and

Above: U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), in red coat, fields questions near Old Hickory Dam on his response to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed ban on tailwater “on-the-water” recreation, most notably fishing, at the base of Cumberland River dams.

Water Development, which has jurisdiction over Army Corps of Engineers. Senate action paid off March 21 when Alexander — joined in a co-sponsored budget resolution amendment with Senate Minority Leader Mitch See TAILWATER on Page 5C

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Above: With Old Hickory Dam and its Cumberland River tailwaters in the background, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) speaks to a combined gathering of media and concerned anglers about his fight against banning tailwater “on the water” recreation near the base of Cumberland River dams.

Dress the part on the water Essentials to keep you safe and dry Water recreation is a popular pastime. When the weather warms, people often take to coastal areas to enjoy some fun in the sun and surf. What to wear for a day on the water depends on the type of activity one is partaking in, but there are some essentials you do not want to forget to bring along. • Sturdy shoes: Whether you will be standing on the deck of a sailboat or baiting a hook alongside a river, footwear should be sturdy. Water makes for slippery conditions, and shoes that provide traction blend form and function. Although flip-flop sandals have become the go-to footwear, these shoes do not provide the arch support or traction

necessary in wet conditions. A water shoe that has a sturdy sole as well as a breathable upper material is a better bet. • Sun protection: The Food and Drug Administration advises that surfaces such as snow, sand, grass, or water can reflect much of the UV radiation that reaches them. A day on the water or nearby reflective surfaces necessitates wearing sun protection products, such as broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses rated for 100 percent UV protection are good ideas. UV rays are most intense at noon, when the sun is at its highest point in the sky. It's also important to note the higher the elevation, the

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causing hypothermia, or a drop in body temperature. Couple wet clothing with windy conditions, and hypothermia can quickly set in. Always bring along a change of clothing and store it in a waterproof bag or container. This should include extra socks and shoes. • Life jacket: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury deaths in the United States. Whenever you are on or near the water, wearing a life jacket is a safe idea and one that can potentially save your life. A life jacket should be made available for everyone on a vessel. Dress the part when spending a day on the water. Having the right equipment can reduce your risk for injury.

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McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — announced the amendment passed. It would allow Congress to pass legislation prohibiting USACE from implementing its restrictions. Alexander introduced this legislation Feb. 28 On March 4, Alexander asked Darcy to delay, by seven months, USACE’s proposed restrictions, yet another Alexander press release stated. Alexander said that the “cut of $255 million, or roughly five percent, that the Corps faces in the sequester’s automatic spending cuts justifies further consideration of the restrictions, and the exploration of alternatives with state agencies,” the March 4 released stated. “Before the sequester, there were more important priorities than restricting fishing in waters when they aren’t hazardous. And after the sequester that's even


Outdoor recreation A boost to the Tennessee economy NASHVILLE, Tenn. — There are big bucks in outdoor recreation for the state of Tennessee. The Outdoor Industry Association has totaled up the financial impact from hiking, fishing, hunting and the like. Spokeswoman Avery Stonich said outdoor recreation is a major player in the state economy. “We’ve got $8.2-billion in consumer spending, 83,000 jobs, $2.5 billion in wages and salaries and 535 million in tax revenue,” she said. Nearly 60 percent of Tennesseans take part in outdoor recreation each year, according to the report. Among the state’s treasured destinations are South Cumberland

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truer,” Alexander added. “If the Corps does agree to delay its plans, it ought to use that time to work with wildlife agencies in Tennessee and Kentucky to come up with a plan to ensure public safety during fishing below the dams when the waters are hazardous.” Of TVA’s 49 dams, “twenty-nine of those are hydroelectric producing dams,” marking those 29 as the most turbulent in tailwaters, said Travis Brickey, TVA spokesman. Brickey pointed to Fort Loudoun Dam just outside of Lenoir City, on top of which Hwy. 321 passes. “At Fort Loudoun, you have navigation locks; you have big barges and boats coming and going. You have unpredictable conditions downstream, especially now because we have been spilling excess water,” Brickey added. “Anytime that we’re spilling, we’re also generating, so you have very turbulent water all across the face of the downstream side of the dam.

"Of course, a lot of folks like to go up and fish at the base of the dam. That can become very hazardous. The generators can come on, and you may be there in very tranquil, calm water, and the next thing you know it can become very turbulent, and can become a very dangerous situation. However, “The way TVA manages that, we have tailwater warning systems … we have that at all of our hydroelectric dams.” Brickey said. “Typically fifteen to twenty minutes before the generators are to come on, during the day lights and sirens and message boards will light up warning of the impending start of generators, which means things will change and change rapidly. “We figure that’s enough time for you to reel in and get turned around and move away,” Brickey added. “We don’t have any kind of barrier to keep boats from actually going up in there.” However, from USACE’s perspective, “Current event-oriented restrictions are not protective

enough, confusing to the public and difficult to enforce. Each power plant and lock has a warning system in place. However, we have found that these warnings are not always followed,” said Lee Roberts, public affairs specialist for USACE, Nashville District. As to how far out from the dam USACE’s Cumberland Dam restrictions would reach, “The extent of each restricted area is based on hydraulic criteria and operational considerations,” Roberts said. However, fishing from an embankment in tailwater areas would be permitted in “designated areas,” a USACE press release stated. Roberts said USACE’s Nashville Office started changing it’s tune after “three fatalities in 18 months, 2009-2010, plus additional injuries, near misses and rescues that have occurred below dams demonstrated a need to reevaluate the 'event-oriented' restrictions. That evaluation began in 2010.” Concerning Alexander’s oppo-

sition and possible legislation to override USACE Nashville District’s directive, Roberts said, “The Nashville District continues to work very closely with the entire Congressional delegation as we move forward on this issues.” Roberts conceded that public opposition to tailwater on-water recreation, as judged by community forums in communities along or near the Cumberland River, is strong. “Most everyone in attendance, with few exceptions, were opposed to any restriction and most wanted some type of conditions-based approach to be maintained,” Roberts said. “However, after each meeting several attendees have approached Corps officials to say that following USACE policy is the right thing to do and will save lives.” Asked about TVA’s regulations, Roberts said, “I cannot speak to TVA's position, but the Corps and TVA have a very good relationship in jointly managing the Tennessee River.”

~ John Michaelson, Tennessee News Service



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