Ouachita River Valley Association was organized in 1893 as the
"Ouachita River Improvement Association" with the
sole purpose of obtaining a year-round commercial navigation
system on the Ouachita River in Arkansas and Louisiana.
1950, the Association was renamed the Ouachita River Valley
Association, further expanding its objectives to include the
entire spectrum of benefits that could be derived from water
and related land resources development throughout the Ouachita
has been contributing to the welfare of the Ouachita River
valley for more than a century, bringing prosperity and
environmental and recreational benefits to its residents and
ORVA serves the basin in the following capacities:
collaborative relationships with elected officials.
economic development and environmental sustainability.
the operation, maintenance and completion of the
Ouachita-Black Navigation Project which includes providing
recreational opportunities, safeguarding water supply,
supporting flood damage reduction projects, and enhancing
fish and wildlife resources.
with Members of Congress, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers,
U. S. Coast Guard, and other Federal, state, and local
entities to ensure safe, dependable navigation and
members informed of current legislation and other issues
affecting the Ouachita River Valley.
public awareness through newsletters, public events, and
quarterly meetings and an annual convention in cities
along the Ouachita-Black Rivers.