Blunt, Long lead efforts to rollback regulations for lake goers in Arkansas, Mis

Posted on June 13, 2017 12:02 pm CDT

By Ripon Advance News Service

 

The Army Corps of Engineers lifted a moratorium on permits for docks on Table Rock Lake that spans parts of Missouri and Arkansas on Monday, thanks to efforts by Missouri Republicans U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and U.S. Rep. Billy Long. 

Access to Table Rock Lake, a man-made lake that covers approximately 43,000 acres and offers more than 745 miles of shoreline in the Ozark Mountains region of Arkansas and Missouri, has been limited by a moratorium on permits for new and existing docks and by questions related to a shoreline protection plan. 

Blunt and Long successfully included language in the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) that lifted the permit moratorium and extended the public comment period for the shoreline management plan revision at Table Rock Lake. WRDA was signed into law in December 2016.

“I’m glad that Table Rock Lake families will soon be able to enhance and enjoy their property without needless government restrictions getting in the way,” Blunt said. “I appreciate Congressman Long’s partnership in getting this moratorium lifted, and urge the Corps to continue listening to the Table Rock Lake community as the process of finalizing the shoreline management plan moves forward.”

Residents of Table Rock Lake, Long said, have been burdened by “bureaucratic red tape and unnecessary restrictions” resulting from the permitting moratorium and shoreline management plan revision discussions over the last two years. 

“After talking with those individuals and hearing their frustrations, Sen. Blunt and I teamed up last legislative session and introduced language in both the House and Senate that would address their concerns,” Long said. “After years of hard work, meetings and working with the Army Corps of Engineers, those individuals will finally have the opportunity to build and update their docks.”

Blunt and Long’s provision also called for the creation of an oversight committee that would be tasked with reviewing dock permits.

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