Lower water levels for dam repair likely to harm environment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The environmental impact of lowering the water in Lake Cumberland to repair the Wolf Creek Dam may be significant.

A new report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concludes the reduced amount of water in the lake could impact the entire Cumberland River system. But it also says the reduction is necessary to prevent potential catastrophe downstream if the leaking Kentucky dam were to break.

Potential problems include fish kills, poor quality drinking water, navigation problems and reduced electrical power production.

The lower water level already has hurt the local economy because of less recreational boating and fishing.

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