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South Arkansas group seeks funding for river dredging

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 23, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.

— 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.

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Educator says... March 23, 2014 at 3:58 p.m.

And just how many barges travel up the Ouachita River each year? Talk about a special-interest pork-barrel boondoggle that is a waste of taxpayer dollars, this is it.

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