BRIEFING FOR
BG DUKE DELUCA
COMMANDER, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY DIVISION
PRESIDENT-DESIGNEE, MISSISSIPPI RIVER
COMMISSION
JANUARY 22, 2014
William B. Hobgood
Executive Director
Ouachita River Valley Association
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ORVA HISTORY
• 1893 – “Ouachita River Improvement Association”
• 1950 – “Ouachita River Valley Association”
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AREA OF OPERATION
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ORVA MISSION
• Non-profit organization that promotes development
of water and land resources
• Major focus is on operation, maintenance and
completion of Ouachita-Black Rivers AR and LA,
Navigation Project
• Represent the private sector of the economy
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ORVA ORGANIZATIONAL
STRUCTURE
OFFICERS
- President
- Vice President
- Sec./Treasurer
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP
100 +
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Louisiana – 7
- Arkansas – 7
STAFF
-Executive Director
REVENUE
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ORVA SUPPORTED
STUDIES/PROJECTS
OUACHITA RIVER BASIN, AR AND LA
PROJECT/STUDY
1. Ouachita-Black Navigation Project, Red River to Camden, AR
2. Ouachita-Black Navigation Project, Red River to Camden, AR
– Bank Stabilization
3. Ouachita-Black Navigation Project, Red River to Camden, AR
– Little River Addition
4. Ouachita River Levees, LA
5. Arkansas Lakes - Ouachita, DeGray, and Greeson
6. Ouachita River Watershed Study, AR and LA
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Ouachita-Black
Navigation Project
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Red-Ouachita Basin Levees, Louisiana
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Ouachita River Watershed
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OUACHITA-BLACK WATERWAY
SYSTEM
“MUCH MORE THAN NAVIGATION”
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OUACHITA-BLACK RIVERS
NAVIGATION PROJECT
FUNDING
(in millions)
FY 2006-2010
Avg.
$10.9
FY
2011
$7.5
FY
FY
FY
2012 2013
2014
$7.4
$7.5
$9.7
$3.2 supplemental
$10.6
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Dredge Butcher Conducting Dredging Operations on the
Ouachita River
$3.2 Million Needed Annually for Dredging Operations
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INLAND MARINE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
STUDY
GUIDELINES TABLE
Guidelines Table
Guidance to district to start the evaluation of possible reduction options:
Identify initial candidates and then look at other factors (per the process)
Level Title
Guideline for Range of Lock Operation Data
#
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Full 24/7/365
More than 1000 commercial lockages per year
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Two Shifts Per
Day
Between 500 to 1000 commercial lockages per year.
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One Shift Per
Day
Less than 500 commercial lockages per year
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Set times per day
Limited commercial and/or substantial recreational
traffic, with a more consistent pattern of lockage
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Weekends &
Holidays
Little to no commercial lockages with significant
recreational lockages (500 or more per year) with no
consistent pattern.
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Commercial
Lockages by
Appointment only
Limited commercial traffic with no consistent pattern
of lockage.
BUILDING STRONG®
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REDUCTION IN OPERATIONAL SERVICES
OUACHITA-BLACK RIVERS NAVIGATION
PROJECT
-Effective July 29, 2012
- 3 shifts to 2 shifts
- Jonesville and Columbia Locks & Dams – 18 hrs. daily
-Felsenthal & Thatcher Locks & Dams – 16 hrs. daily
August 1, 2013
- Jonesville and Columbia Locks & Dams – 20 hrs. daily
- Felsenthal & Thatcher Locks & Dams – No Change
- FUTURE
– Jonesville and Columbia – Back to 24/7/365
-Felsenthal and Thatcher Lock and Dams – Based on IMTS
Criteria After Installation of Remote Control
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OUACHITA-BLACK RIVERS NAVIGATION
PROJECT
IMTS IMPACTS
(July 29, 2012 – July 29, 2013)
No. of
Commercial
Lockages
875
No. of Tows
Delayed
127
Average Delay
Time
1.75 hours
Total Delay
Time
220.8 hours
Direct
Financial Loss
$66,200
---------------------------------------------------------------- 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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RECENT POSITIVE DEVELOPMENTS
OUACHITA-BLACK RIVERS
NAVIGATION PROJECT, AR & LA
-Operational Hours Increased at
Jonesville/Columbia L&D
-2013 Tonnage Exceeds 1 mil.
-Significant New Fuel Shipment by
Genesis Energy/Placid Refining Co.
-TETRA Technologies Growth
-Hydropower Initiative
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TONNAGE
OUACHITA-BLACK RIVERS
NAVIGATION PROJECT, AR & LA
YEAR
2000
2003
2006
2009
2011
2012
2013
TONNAGE
1,476,000
2,198,000
2,029,000
1,283,000
942,547
955,000
1,023,000
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FUEL BARGES UNLOADING
RED RIVER TERMINAL, MONROE DIVISION
GENESIS ENERGY
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TETRA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
BARGE SHIPMENTS*
CROSSETT, ARKANSAS
2011
8
2012
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2013
30
2014
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*Typically each barge holds 1,400 tons
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HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
OUACHITA/BLACK RIVERS NAVIGATION
PROJECT, AR & LA
COMPANY
FREE FLOW POWER
BOSTON, MA
STRUCTURES (L&D’s)
- Jonesville L&D
- Columbia L&D
- Felsenthal L&D
- H. K. Thatcher L&D
Study in Process
Permit Applied For
Study in Process
Under Consideration
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ORVA Semi-Annual Congressional Visits
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ORVA Meets With Senior USACE
Officials
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ORVA Briefs MRC During High
and Low Water Inspections
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ORVA’S 49TH ANNUAL CONVENTION
August 26-27, 2014
West Monroe, LA Convention Center
West Monroe, LA
Photos of West Monroe, LA Convention Center
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ORVA 2014 ANNUAL CONVENTION
AUGUST 26-27, 2014
WEST MONROE, LA
PRINCIPAL FEDERAL SPEAKERS
- Senator David Vitter
- Congressman Vance McAllister
- BG Duke DeLuca, Commander, MVD
- COL John Cross, District Engineer
STATE SPEAKERS
-State Representative Karen St. Germain, Chairperson, House of
Representatives Transportation Committee
-Robert Barham, Director, LA Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries
-Garrett Graves, Office of the Governor, LA Coastal Restoration
-PRIVATE SECTOR SPEAKERS
-Dr. Keith Ouchley – LA Nature Conservancy
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CONCLUSIONS:
1. NAVIGATION PROJECT FACES
DIFFICULTY
2. THINGS ARE IMPROVING
3. NEED MVD/MRC SUPPORT
- Keep Projects Viable
- Obtain Authorization
4. ORVA’S POSITION
- Fully Funded Navigation Project ($11
Million annually)
- Operate Navigation Project 24/7/365
5. ORVA will “Stay in Fight”
6. Thanks
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