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kentuckytroutbum
08-30-2010, 01:53 PM
The COE has determined that the subsurface structure supporting WCD is adequate with no deep instability. This week, work will resume on the "critical" section where the earthen dam meets the concrete dam. Here is the link to the article: http://lakecumberland.com/news.php?news=/forum/viewthread.php?fid=24&tid=28437&action=printable

Since the lake is currently 6+ feet over the target lake elevation, I would guess that they will increase the hourly discharge to get it back to the 680 elevation, and continue grouting before winter sets in. IMHO

Briefly, it looks like they WILL be able to save the existing dam, and the trout fishery. This is good news to us fans of the tailwater. ;)

Bill

Streamhound
08-31-2010, 05:12 PM
Thanks for the update

kentuckytroutbum
08-31-2010, 06:16 PM
Thanks for the update

You're welcome. This is really great news that the COE will save the dam. I was very concerned that the karst limestone was leaking to the point that the dam would have to be breached, and then totally rebuilt. Fortunately, that looks like that will not need to be done.

We had a TU meeting last week, and there were two representatives from the KYF&W, and the fate of the dam was discussed. They told us that they didn't have any contingency plans, since the dam decision was totally with the COE, and not with the KYF&W.

Bill

Streamhound
09-01-2010, 11:14 AM
So do you belong to Louisville Chapter of TU?
I have been a member for several years but i hate to admit have not made a meeting. I travel across the country with my job so if I am home I hate to drive the 2 hours plus the time change for the meeting. Look forward to the write up on the chapter web site

kentuckytroutbum
09-01-2010, 11:51 AM
So do you belong to Louisville Chapter of TU?
I have been a member for several years but i hate to admit have not made a meeting. I travel across the country with my job so if I am home I hate to drive the 2 hours plus the time change for the meeting. Look forward to the write up on the chapter web site

No, I am not a member of the Louisville TU. I have a number of friends who are, and I took their invitation to start attending the meetings, and share information, and listen to the speakers. I'm glad I did attend, and will continue to do so.

I am an registered architect, and I've followed the dam repairs very closely. As such, I do have detailed knowledge of structural & civil engineering, and the report that was just issued on the dam is great news.

My wife & I fish the Cumberland on a regular basis, since it is about 2 hours drive time from Louisville. And previously, the trout fishing on the Cumberland has been good.

Bill

Streamhound
09-01-2010, 01:49 PM
Maybe I'll see you on the river sometime if it improves...

kentuckytroutbum
09-02-2010, 09:39 AM
Maybe I'll see you on the river sometime if it improves...

We hope it improves also! I've been to the websites on several guides who work the Cumberland, and it seems that all are saying that the trout fishing has been extremely slow or non-existant.

We talked about it at the TU meeting, and we all were wondering if the high capacity dam releases have scoured the bottom and the vegetation to the point that there is no insect population. I say that because no one has noticed any insect hatches on the tailwater recently. If that is the case, then the insect population would have to re-establish itself, before fishing would improve. IMHO.

Bill

pacofly13
09-04-2010, 03:14 PM
We hope it improves also! I've been to the websites on several guides who work the Cumberland, and it seems that all are saying that the trout fishing has been extremely slow or non-existant.

We talked about it at the TU meeting, and we all were wondering if the high capacity dam releases have scoured the bottom and the vegetation to the point that there is no insect population. I say that because no one has noticed any insect hatches on the tailwater recently. If that is the case, then the insect population would have to re-establish itself, before fishing would improve. IMHO.

Bill
yeah, have been there a few times this year and have to agree w/ the bug population. The usaul stretch i fish that has always held good hatches of caddis, BWO, and sulfurs has been very sparse to nil. We hardly saw many fish rising at all... i guess since they had nothing to rise to, but good to here they can save the fishery!
thanks for the info- Matt