Tuesday, April 26, 2016

US Rep. Hal Rogers pulls funding for Lake Cumberland study

(AP) — U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers has pulled funding for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer study of Lake Cumberland.

According to reports, Rogers inserted a provision into a $37.4 billion spending bill his committee approved last week that would cut funding for the project.

The move comes as the corps looks to bring municipalities and others using Lake Cumberland's water supply in line with federal law, which requires those drawing the water to pay for storage and the cost of operating and maintaining dams.

Other corps-managed reservoirs already collect those fees, but those using Lake Cumberland have gotten water for free since the completion of Wolf Creek Dam in 1951.

Corps of Engineers Nashville District project manager Loren McDonald said the corps needs another $200,000 to finish the study.