Cordell Hull Lake, on the Cumberland River just northeast of Carthage, features a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The dam’s tailwater is considered one of the top fisheries in the nation for striped bass and sauger.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing changes to flow conditions. Specifically, they are proposing a year-round control flow at the dam of 72,000 CFS—a considerable increase over previous levels.
Maintaining water quality standards despite changes is imperative. It’s anticipated that more consistent flows will help avoid sudden water level changes, which would likely benefit small watercraft users and bank fishermen. However, there could be other, unforeseen results.
The Federation submitted a letter urging the Corps to monitor fish, other aquatic life, water quality, and recreation to ensure any potentially negative impacts are minimized. We will also continue working with our partners and respond to any harmful results.
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