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MISSISSIPPI RIVER COMMISSION BRIEFING PUBLIC MEETING AUGUST 21, 2013 VICKSBURG, MS William B. Hobgood Executive Director Ouachita River Valley Association. ORVA SUPPORTED STUDIES/PROJECTS OUACHITA RIVER BASIN, AR AND LA. OUACHITA-BLACK RIVERS NAVIGATION PROJECT.

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MISSISSIPPI RIVER COMMISSION BRIEFING

PUBLIC MEETING

AUGUST 21, 2013

VICKSBURG, MS

William B. Hobgood

Executive Director

Ouachita River Valley Association

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ORVA SUPPORTED STUDIES/PROJECTS

OUACHITA RIVER BASIN, AR AND LA

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OUACHITA-BLACK RIVERS NAVIGATION PROJECT

IMTS IMPACTS

(July 29, 2012 – July 29, 2013)

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  • Shippers Incurring Delays/Financial Losses
  • One out of seven tows being delayed/15 percent
  • Recreational craft lockages down 50-60 percent
  • No new industries located on Ouachita-Black Rivers
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ORVA ANNUAL CONVENTION

AUGUST 27-28, 2013

CHARLES O. ROSS CENTER

CAMDEN, AR

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ORVA 2013 ANNUAL CONVENTION

  • AUGUST 27-28, 2013
  • CAMDEN, AR
  • PRINCIPAL FEDERAL SPEAKERS
  • - Senator Mark Pryor - COL John W. Cross, District Engr
  • - Congressman Tom Cotton - Mr. David Freiwald, USGS
  • - MG John W. Peabody, MVD
  • STATE SPEAKERS
  • Mike Armstrong, Assistant Director, AR Game and Fish Commission
  • PRIVATE SECTOR SPEAKERS
  • Ed Grimm – Senior Vice President, Martin Marine
  • - Dr. Keith Ouchley – LA Nature Conservancy
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CONCLUSIONS

1. Navigation Project Faces Difficulty

2. Need MRC Support

- Keep Projects Viable

- Obtain Authorizations

3. ORVA’s Position

- Fully Fund Navigation Project ($11 Million Annually)

- Operate Navigation Project 24/7/365

4. ORVA will “Stay in Fight”