H. R. 826
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 26, 2013
Mr. Whitfield introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
To prohibit the Corps of Engineers from taking any action to establish a restricted area prohibiting public access to waters downstream of a dam, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Freedom to Fish Act of 2013.
Restricted areas at Corps of Engineers dams
The Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, shall not take any action to establish a restricted area prohibiting public access to waters downstream of a dam owned by the Corps of Engineers.
Subject to paragraph (2), this section shall apply to an action described in subsection (a) on or after August 1, 2012.
If the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, has taken an action described in subsection (a) during the period beginning on August 1, 2012, and ending on the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall—
cease implementing the restricted area resulting from the action; and
remove any barriers constructed in connection with the restricted area.