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PROJECTS SUPPORTED BY ORVA
2019 FUNDING STATUS

The FY 19 President's Budget included $9,797,000 for Operations and Maintenance of the Ouachita-Black Navigation Project, Red River to Camden, AR.  This amount will not be sufficient for annual dredging requirements.  ORVA is working with our Congressional Delegation and the Corps of Engineers and requested an additional $2M -$2.5M for dredging the Ouachita-Black Rivers Navigation Project. The FY 19 Presidentís Budget falls short of project funding requirements.  Underfunding of the navigation project has resulted in a maintenance backlog of over $20.3 million.  The most critical deficiencies include very limited dredging funds and the lack of a lock closure system at the H. K. Thatcher L&D.  Additional capability maintenance funds1 are requested to address the maintenance dredging and funds are needed in the amount of $6.0 million for construction of stop log slots at the H.K. Thatcher Lock & Dam.  Recreational facilities have also been allowed to deteriorate and have not been updated with age and increased usage.  The lower reaches of the Ouachita River below Monroe were at one time included in the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project to provide bank stabilization and levee construction.  Portions of the Ouachita River Levees in the Monroe, LA, area and north are now part of the MR&T Project as a result of WRDA 07.  Action is now underway to include language in an authorizing document to have the entire Red-Ouachita Basin Levees, LA, Project area made a component of the MR&T Project.

The President's Budget did not contain any funding for the Ouachita River Levees, LA, in FY 17,

FY 18, or FY 19.  However, the Vicksburg District had previously expressed an FY 16/17 additional capability of $1,900,000.  This $1,900,000 would be used primarily to gravel surface of levees below Monroe, LA.  The FY 19 President's Budget contained approximately $22,320,000 for operation and maintenance for Lake Ouachita, DeGray Lake, and Lake Greeson.  The Vicksburg District had expressed an additional capability of $6.5 million for these three lakes to address critical backlog items.  The priority "additional capability" for each lake includes various construction items that will increase the quality of the recreation experience for visitors. 

Lack of bank protection has resulted in numerous bank failures that are now a danger to public infrastructure including levees, some of which have been 'set-back' more than once.  The Ouachita-Black Rivers Navigation Project did not include provisions for bank stabilization and there is no ongoing authority for this work.  The 2016 WRDA contains a provision for a study to determine the feasibility of modifying the Navigation Project to include bank stabilization as project features.  Also, suggested language was submitted for further amending the Navigation Project by adding navigation from Mile 41.5 on the Black River, at the mouth of Little River, upstream 14,000 feet as a project feature. 

Funding requests for the Lake Providence and Madison Parish Ports are $1.3 million and $150,000, respectively.  Maintenance dredging was completed at the Lake Providence Harbor and will continue to be monitored per Mississippi River stage conditions. The $ 1.3 million dredging funds for the Lake Providence Harbor were included the FY 19 Presidentís Budget.  Although no funds were included for the Madison Parish Port funds were made available for the Madison Parish Port for dredging but due to high river stages dredging has not been conducted.  The FY 18/19 funding status for each of these projects is summarized in Table 1.

Table 1

FY 18/19 FUNDING STATUS
ORVA SUPPORTED PROJECTS
OUACHITA RIVER BASIN 

1 FY 19 capability amount for dredging has not been funded

 

 

 

PROJECT

 

FY 18
PRESIDENT'S
BUDGET

 

FY 18 PRIORITY
CAPABILITY

 

FY 19 PRESIDENTíS BUDGET

 

FY 19 PRIORITY CAPABILITY

1.  Ouachita-Black Navigation Project, Red River to Camden, AR

     a.  Dredging

     b.  Stoplog Slots

 

     $10,548,000

 

 

     $ 2,186,000

 

     $ 6,080,000

 

     $ 7,979,000

     $ 0

 

    $ 4,650,0001

    $ 01

    $ 6,080,000

 

2  Red-Ouachita Basin Levees, LA

     $  0

     $  0

     $  0

    $ 0

3.  Ouachita River Levees, LA

     $  0

     $  0

     $  0

    $ 75,000

4.  Arkansas Lakes

     a.  Lake Ouachita, AR

     b.  DeGray Lake, AR

     c.  Lake Greeson, AR

 

 

     $ 7,803,000

     $ 7,060,000

     $ 5,908,000

 

     $    758,000

     $ 2,338,000

     $ 1,089,000

 

     $  9,131,000

     $  7,438,000

     $  5,751,000

 

    $     758,000

    $ 2,338,000

    $ 3,440,000

5.  Bank Stabilization, Ouachita-Black Rivers, Mile 0 to 460 Remmel Dam (not authorized)

            N/A

            N/A

            N/A

           N/A

6.  Ouachita-Black Navigation Project, Addition of navigation from Mile 41.5 on the Black River LA, at the mouth of Little River, upstream 14,000 feet (not authorized/study authorized).

 

            N/A

            N /A

            N/A

           N/A

7.  Lake Providence Harbor, LA

     $    12,000

     $ 1,300,000

     $  1,315,000

      $   500,0001

8.  Madison Parish Port, LA

     $  150,000

     $    150,000

     $  0

      $   507,000