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S.982 - Freedom to Fish Act

A bill to prohibit the Corps of Engineers from taking certain actions to establish a restricted area prohibiting public access to waters downstream of a dam, and for other purposes. view all titles (5)

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  • Short: Freedom to Fish Act as passed house.
  • Short: Freedom to Fish Act as introduced.
  • Official: A bill to prohibit the Corps of Engineers from taking certain actions to establish a restricted area prohibiting public access to waters downstream of a dam, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Freedom to Fish Act as passed senate.
  • Short: Freedom to Fish Act as enacted.

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Official Summary

Freedom to Fish Act - Requires the Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers to: (1) cease implementing and enforcing, until two years after enactment of this Act, any restricted area for hazardous waters at dams and other civil works structures in the Cumberland River Basin that the Chief estab

Official Summary

Freedom to Fish Act - Requires the Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers to:
(1) cease implementing and enforcing, until two years after enactment of this Act, any restricted area for hazardous waters at dams and other civil works structures in the Cumberland River Basin that the Chief established or modified between August 1, 2012, and the day before the enactment of this Act; and
(2) remove any permanent physical barriers constructed in connection with such area. Requires the Chief, before establishing any such restricted area after this Act's enactment, to:
(1) ensure that any restrictions are based on operational conditions that create hazardous waters, and
(2) publish and seek and consider public comment on a draft describing the restricted area. Prohibits the Chief from:
(1) implementing or enforcing the restricted area until two years after this Act's enactment, or
(2) taking any action to establish a permanent physical barrier in connection with such area. (Excludes the installation and maintenance of measures for alerting the public of hazardous water conditions as such a permanent physical barrier.) Makes enforcement of a restricted area the sole responsibility of the state in which such area is located. Prohibits the Chief from assessing any penalty for entering a restricted area of public park and recreational facilities at water resource development projects.

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