Endangered Fish Delays Raising Water Level

Endangered Fish Delays Raising Water Level

CREATED Jan 29, 2014

JAMESTOWN, Ky. (AP) - An endangered fish found in headwaters of Lake Cumberland has federal officials trying to decide what to do about the lake's water level, which was due to rise this year after dam repairs kept the water lowered the last few years.

The Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are delaying an increase until determining how to minimize the effect on the duskytail darter.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said in a news release Wednesday the local economy has been hurt by the lower water level and resulting decline in visitors and he wants the agencies to reconsider the delay. U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., said he has asked for updates to make sure there are no further delays.

The agencies said in a news release the lake will operate at last year's increased level until a determination is reached.

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