EL DORADO Members of the Ouachita River Valley Association are to be in Washington, D.C., this week as they seek additional funding for dredging of the river.
Just less than $9.8 million has been allocated for the current fiscal year to the Ouachita-Black Rivers Navigation Project. The ORVA says $11 million is needed.
ORVA President Mike Dumas told the El Dorado News-Times that parts of the river haven't been dredged in four years -- leading to narrowing of the navigational channel.
The group is to meet with congressional delegations from Arkansas and Louisiana and with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.