Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Statement From Governor Ernie Fletcher

Press Release Date:  Friday, July 27, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

“We are encouraged that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided to maintain the 680-foot level at Lake Cumberland at this time. This will allow for affected entities to make plans for the remainder of this year and next, and will allow tourists to begin planning their 2008 visits to the lake.

“My administration took prudent action in response to the Corps’ Feb. 9, 2007, letter to municipalities and East Kentucky Power Company, advising them to prepare for ‘water intake with the lake at Elevation 650 feet,’ and to ensure that corrective measures are in place by December 31, 2007.

“It is important that projects to relocate water intakes and ramps continue, because the actual construction repair work for the Dam will not begin until next year. Repairs to the Dam could take up to seven years to complete, and risks associated with the project could require the Corps to consider lowering the level again.

“Approximately 203,000 people depend directly on Lake Cumberland for drinking water, sanitation and fire protection. We remain committed to ensuring an uninterrupted supply of safe, clean water for all of these people.”