Corps of Engineers approves allowing Lake Cumberland to reach normal elevation this summer


JAMESTOWN, Ky. – Lake Cumberland will be allowed to rise to its normal elevation this summer.

Dam repairs have kept the water lowered the last few years, and it was due to rise to normal levels this year, but the discovery of an endangered fish in Lake Cumberland headwaters prompted a delay.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday that it has finalized its review and expects conservation measures to protect the duskytail darter’s survival in the Big South Fork.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided to allow the lake to rise to a target elevation of 723 feet this summer, the normal elevation at the beginning of the recreation season.

Lower water levels beginning in early 2007 affected tourism and the economy at the recreational lake in southern Kentucky.

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