Kentucky's Fishtrap Lake plagued with floating debris after floods

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (KT) – State Sen. Ray Jones is asking for help from the governors of Kentucky and Virginia to curb the amount of trash flushed into Fishtrap Lake from communities upstream after floods.

The Appalachian News-Express reported Jones’ action in its weekend edition in an article accompanied by an eye-catching photograph showing a lake awash in floating debris – a mixture of wood and household trash.

In the letter to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northram, Jones said "tourism is one of the few economic industries that eastern Kentucky has left,” and that having the usually scenic lake fouled by trash after floods discourages visitors.

"The constant trash impedes economic development and precludes the use of the lake to its full potential," Jones said in the letter.

Jones also called on Bevin and Northram to urge the congressional delegations from the two states to push for additional federal funding for the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “to address the trash issue.”

The seasonal influx of floating trash has been a persistent problem for the Corps of Engineers since Fishtrap opened as a flood control reservoir in 1968.

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