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Press Release

Portion of Tennessee River Temporarily Closed to Boating

August 04, 2006

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announces the temporary closing of waters between Mile 258-260 of the Tennessee River near Wilson Lock and Dam due to a barge accident. This portion of water will remain closed until the reopening of the safety zone established by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The section of water is closed to the operation of all vessels and watercraft, including commercial and recreational fishing vessels and watercraft, except for the following: law enforcement vessels or other official emergency vessels, and non-fishing commercial traffic in transit through the waters of the state.

This emergency rule is adopted to address an immediate danger to the public health, safety and welfare regarding boating activity. Any person violating any of the provisions of this regulation shall be punished as provided by §33-5-62 Code of Alabama 1975.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR visit www.outdooralabama.com.

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