Summary: S.982 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)

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Public Law No: 113-13 (06/03/2013)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The expanded summary of the Senate passed version is repeated here.)

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.