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March 19 Newsletter on Lake Cumberland/Wolf Creek Dam

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 20, 2007  
Contact Information:  Chris Gilligan
502-564-4270, ext 168
Chris.Gilligan@ky.gov
 


Friends of Lake Cumberland

 

Wolf Creek Dam:  Holding Nothing Back, “Kentucky Afield” TV Probes Cumberland Concerns this Weekend 


Frankfort, Ky. – “Kentucky Afield” television talks with experts and locals about the issues and impacts of lowering Lake Cumberland while dam repairs are underway during this weekend’s show, March 24 and 25, on KET.

 

If the 9-pound brown trout that “Kentucky Afield” host Tim Farmer recently pulled from the Lake Cumberland tailwater is any indication, lower lake levels have not dropped the expectations for anglers. But other issues including the integrity of Wolf Creek Dam and its repair, the lake level’s effect on businesses, boater access and what visitors can expect this spring will all be put into useful perspective in this special half-hour program.

 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials, state and federal fisheries authorities and local dock owners discuss the reality of the situation. As Wolf Creek Dam is being repaired, so are hopes for a successful season.

 

  “Kentucky Afield” is a production of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. It is the longest continuously-running outdoor television show in the nation. Kentucky Afield airs Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Eastern /7:30 p.m. Central and is repeated on Sunday at 4 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Central on KET 1.

 

 

GOVERNOR FLETCHER ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION FOR EMERGENCY ALERT WEATHER RADIOS IN COMMUNITIES BELOW THE WOLF CREEK DAM

 

Residents and Businesses in the Cumberland River Flood Inundation Area in

Clinton, Cumberland, Monroe and Russell Counties to Receive Radios

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today distribution information for emergency alert weather radios being provided free of charge to residents and businesses located within the flood inundation area below the Wolf Creek Dam in Clinton, Cumberland, Monroe, and Russell Counties.

 

“I am committed to ensuring the public health and safety of every citizen, business, and visitor to Lake Cumberland while preserving the great quality of life in the region,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “It is essential that we take care of every Kentuckian living below the Wolf Creek Dam and weather radios are an important resource for emergency response officials to reach out to the public during an emergency.”

 

This week, residents and businesses in the affected areas will receive cards via mail providing them with distribution information. To receive a weather radio, each individual receiving a card must bring the card and a proof of residency (photo ID or utility bill) to one of the distribution points listed below. Individuals who are disabled or have special needs and are unable to pick up their radio may call the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency at 1-800-928-6382 and a radio will be delivered to them.

 

March 24                                                               March 28

Cumberland County                                               Clinton County

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.                                              10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Veterans Memorial Community Center                  Clinton Senior Center

213 Upper River Street                                           110 Spring Street

Burkesville, KY                                                      Albany, KY

 

March 27                                                             March 29 

Russell County                                                      Monroe County

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.                                           10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency     Old Monroe Co. H. S. Gym Central Office

23 Industry Drive                                                  401 W 4th Street

Jamestown, KY                                                     Tompkinsville, KY

 

Weather Radios continuously broadcast National Weather Service forecasts, warnings and other crucial weather information. The radios can be programmed to receive information specific to a certain area, using the Specific Area Message Encoder (SAME) feature, and can sound an alarm to alert users of approaching dangerous weather. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Weather Radio is the lone government- operated radio system that provides direct warnings to the public for natural and man- made hazards, from floods to forest fires, to oil spills. It also is the primary trigger for activating America’s Emergency Alert System on commercial radio and television stations.

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RAMP CONDITIONS ACCORDING TO THE CORPS:

The following Corps operated and Commercial Marina boat ramps are usable at or near the target elevation 680” (* Due to recent heavy rainfall, lake elevations have been higher than the targeted 680 elevation and many ramps not shown on this list may be currently usable. However, lake levels are on the fall and these ramps are expected to change to the status of unusable again. Ramps are monitored on a daily basis and conditions are subject to change.)  Lake predictions for March 9, 2007 are in the range of 685 elevation and by March 21, 2007 the 680 elevation range.

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General Burnside Island State Park

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Cave Creek (approx. 15' of concrete left, then mud)

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Conley Bottom Marina (campground ramp, boats less 20'approx.)

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Fall Creek

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Halcomb's Landing (small boats less 20'approx.)

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Jamestown Marina

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Lee's Ford Marina

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Waitsboro (small boats less 20'approx.)

 

Ramps projected to be open by the start of the summer recreation season.

The list below is subject to change and is not final. It is for planning purposes.

 

Ramps expected to be open are:

Grider Hill Marina                                          Conley Bottom Resort

Halcomb’s Landing                                        Fall Creek Recreation Area

Beaver Creek Resort                                       Lee’s Ford Marina

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park              Slate Branch

Jamestown Marina                                          Waitsboro Recreation Area

Lilly Creek                                                      General Burnside Island State Park

Ono at Caney Creek embayment                    Cave Creek

Alligator II                                                      Omega/Buck Creek Marina

Cumberland Point Recreation Area

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CONTACT INFO:

If you have any questions, please e-mail them to me at: chris.gilligan@ky.gov.

 

Past newsletters are available at www.commerce.ky.gov.  Click on the “News” icon on the left side of the page to view them.

WEB SITES OF INTEREST

 

http://duo-county.com/cam_lake01.html

Jamestown Resort Marina, from the motel island looking ESE out to the main lake.

LIVE WEBCAM ON LAKE CUMBERLAND

 

http://www.instacam.com/showcam.asp?id=GRGTN&size=L

State Dock harbor, from the dock office looking NW out to Greasy Creek.

LIVE WEBCAM ON LAKE CUMBERLAND

 

KY Dept. of Tourism features Lake Cumberland on their “spotlight” page

http://www.kentuckytourism.com/spotlight.htm

 

Army Corps of Engineers Lake Cumberland/Wolf Creek Dam web page

http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/pao/issues/WOLcommo/

 

Lake level:

http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/hh/resplots/wol_a.html

 

The Corps’ Manager's office home page:

http://www.orn.usace.army.mil/pao/lakeinfo/WOL.htm

 

Corps Nashville District:

http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/

 

PUBLIC MEETINGS

 

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS PUBLIC TOWN HALL MEETINGS

 

 

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22 March,-Celina, TN.,
Clay County High School, gym,
1102 Clay County Highway, 6:30-8 p.m.,
 maps available at 4:30(NOTE: Gym holds 800 people unless we provide additional chairs on the gym floor)
 

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27 March,-Gainesboro, TN.,
Jackson County High School High School Gym,
190 Blue Devil Lane, 6:30-8p.m.,
maps available at 3 p.m.
 

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2 April,-Carthage, TN., Smith County High School, Auditorium,
312 Fite Avenue, 6:30-8p.m.,
maps available at 3:30 p.m.
 

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12-April, - Hartsville, TN., Trousdale County High School, gym,
off HWY 25 on McMurray Blvd, 6:30-8p.m.,
maps available at 3:30 p.m.
 

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19-April, - Mt. Juliet, TN., Mt. Juliet High School, gym,
 3565 N. Mount Juliet Road, 6:30-8p.m.,
maps available at 4 p.m.

 

NEWS ARTICLES

 

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070318/OPINION04/703180444/1016/OPINION

Lake Cumberland has plenty of water


By George Ward
Special to The Courier-Journal

 

http://www.somerset-kentucky.com/local/local_story_076115552.html
Looking back at the birth of Lake Cumberland
Early 1950s changed face of Pulaski County forever

 

By BILL MARDIS, Editor Emeritus
Commonwealth
Journal

 



 

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