damaging impact to the nation's economy that would result from allowing the MR&T
project to become more vulnerable to a catastrophic failure of any one of its major
components due to delays and neglect caused by inadequate funds.
The following paragraphs identify certain projects included within our Levee District that
merit special mention, followed by a tabular listing of key components of our funding
request for FY '97.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER LEVEES AND CHANNELS
After witnessing the total devastation on the Upper Mississippi River during the summer
of 1993, there can be no question as to the importance of the continued maintenance and
upkeep of the mainline levee system along the Lower Mississippi River. The YMD
Levee Board, though proud of our long record of protection of the main line levee in our
District, understands that your generous funding to insure the timely completion of the
MR&T project, as well as major maintenance of the completed portions of the project, are
the key to preventing a catastrophic failure of the system.
In this regard, the YMD Levee Board has identified areas on our mainline levee that have
developed underseepage problems under the stress of repeated high water on the
Mississippi River. These areas are being investigated, and remedies formulated by the
Corps of Engineers. It is vital that adequate funding be provided to the Lower
Mississippi Valley Division Corps of Engineers and its Districts to hasten these studies
and plan formulations, as well as the necessary construction work to eliminate any
deficiencies in the mainline levee.
We ask that you not only continue funding for construction and maintenance activities
within our district, but also for the entire reach of the Lower Mississippi River included
within the MR&T project. This system of levees, channels and bank stabilization work
stands out to the world as a model of govermnental resolve and success to protect its
people, economy, and infrastructure from the ravages of flood waters.
UPPER YAZOO PROJECTS - CONSTRUCTION
Following the destructive flood of 1932, Congress authorized the formulation of a plan
that would reduce the risk of flooding of the Mississippi Delta from the uncontrolled
release of headwater out of the hills in north central Mississippi. The original plan,
released in 1936, included a system of flood control reservoirs that would discharge into a
system of channels and levees that could safely convey the headwater from the hills to the
Mississippi River. In the late '80s, this project was forced into reformulation under the
guise of envirormiental concern. This reformulation process was completed in late 1993,
with the only tangible result being the five year delay of flood control benefits to our
District that was promised sixty (60) years ago. Construction was immediately resumed
on the item of work that had been in progress at the time the project was forced into
reformulation, and the second item of work on the reformulated plan is now underway.
The YMD Levee Board respectfully requests that the full capability of the Vicksburg
District Corps of Engineers available to this project be adequately funded in order that
construction on this long awaited project can proceed as rapidly as possible.
SUNFLOWER BASIN CHANNEL MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
Over time, all streams in the Delta lose their capacity to convey design discharges due to
siltation of the bottom of the streams. In the month of July, 1989, sections of the
Mississippi Delta along the Sunflower River system experienced significant flooding
over half grown row crops of food and fiber. In response to this devastation, the Board of
Mississippi Levee Commissioners (MLB), located in Greenville, MS, requested a study
by the Corps of Engineers (Corps) to determine whether the reduction of the Sunflower
River system flow capacities had contributed to the flooding, and thus, whether the Corps
should begin its obligatory maintenance of the channels in this system. Subsequent
surveys by the Corps reflected loss of channel capacity from the original design of
approximately forty (40) percent. The YMD Levee Board, whose District shares in the
damages resulting from the overflow of the rivers in this area joins the MLB in full
support of the funding request by the Corps for tills maintenance project.
MISSISSIPPI nF.I.TA MISSISSIPPI STUDY
In October of 1992, the YMD Levee Board and the MLB signed sponsorship agreements
with Vicksburg District to begin surveys for those portions of the Sunflower River system
not included in the reach of the above mentioned maintenance project. This study will
identify reaches of this river system above MS Highway 82 that are in need of
maintenance as well as compile much needed data on land use changes that have taken
place in the Sunflower basin since the original project was completed in the 1 960's. The
YMD Levee Board respectfully requests your support of this important study.
YAZOO TRIBUTARIES STUDY
The Yazoo Tributaries Study is the last phase of the MR&T project in the Yazoo Basin.
This study will identify work necessary for proper drainage and flood control on the
major tributaries to the Yazoo River system. Due to the shortfall of funds in FY '96,
work on this study was suspended and thus a substantial delay will be introduced into the
overall project schedule unless adequate funding is provided in FY '97 to accomplish the
work scheduled for FY '97 as well as the work that should have been performed in the
current fiscal year. The major tributaries included in this study may play a key role in the
development of one of the key commercial sites in the Mississippi Delta. The YMD
Levee Board therefore urges Congress to provide full funding for this study.
KENNETH L. WEILAND, P.E.
CEO, CHIEF ENGINEER
YAZOO-MISSISSIPPI DELTA LEVEE BOARD
ENERGY & WATER RESOURCES
FY '97 APPROPRIATIONS PRIORITIES
REQUEST FY '96
REQUEST FY '97
Mi ssis si ppi Ri v er Leve e s . A R . H L. K Y. L A. MS ,
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Tallulah-Magna Vista, MS, Berm, Item 475-LA
Tallulah-Magna Vista, MS, Berm, Item 475-LB
Carol ina-Valewood, MS, Enlargement
Mississippi River Channels. AR. IL. KY. LA. MS.
MO . and TN
Pickett MS Dike, MS River mile 704
Above Norfolk Star Dike, MS River mile 71 1
Yazoo Bas in, MS - Construction Funding
Upper Yazoo Projects
Big Sunflower River
F&WL Mitigation Lands
Demonstration Erosion Control
Yawo Pasin, MS - Maintenance Fmiding
Big Sunflower River
Will M. Whittington Auxiliary Channel
Yazoo Backwater Area
Yazoo Basin. MS - Surveys & St udy Funding
Yazoo Tributaries Study
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STATEMENT OF LARRY D.IXMW
THE LITTLE RIVER DRAINAGE DISTRICT
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI
FEBRUARY 27, 1996
Atlomey. Portagevllle. Mo.
MR, CHAIRMAN AND DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE:
MY NAME IS LARRY D. DOWDY AND I AM THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT FOR THE
LITTLE RIVER DRAINAGE DISTRICT HEADQUARTERED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI. OUR
DISTRICT IS A CIRCUIT COURT DRAINAGE DISTRICT CHARGED BY STATE STATUTES TO
PROVIDE OUTLET DRAINAGE AND FLOOD PROTECTION TO A SIZABLE PORTION OF SOUTHEAST
MISSOURI. OUR DISTRICT HAS BEEN AN OPERABLE ENTITY SINCE 1907.
WE ARE HERE TODAY AS A MEMBER OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY FLOOD CONTROL
ASSOCIATION WHICH HAS BEEN A SPOKESMAN FOR FUNDING FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND
TRIBUTARIES PROJECT FOR MANY YEARS. WE SUPPORT THE ASKING OF THAT ASSOCIATION
AND TRUST THAT YOU WILL ACT FAVORABLY ON THE REQUESTS THAT THEY MAKE.
OUR DISTRICT HAS APPEARED BEFORE THIS COMMITTEE FOR MANY YEARS. WE ARE
APPRECIATIVE OF THE SUPPORT AND COURTESIES THAT HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO THIS
DISTRICT IN THE PAST. WE FEEL CONFIDENT THAT THAT SPIRIT OF COOPERATION WILL
WE HAVE CONTINUALLY MET THE MANDATES SET FORTH BY THE CITIZENS WE SERVE AND
AS REQUIRED BY THE CIRCUIT COURTS OF MISSOURI. WE ARE HERE REPRESENTING MORE
THAN 2500 LANDOWNERS IN AN AREA OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI THAT IS ONE OF THE MOST
FERTILE, ONE OF THE MOST PRODUCTIVE, AND ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSIFIED FARMING
DELTAS OF OUR NATION. WE ARE THERE ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS AND WE KNOW THE NEEDS
OF LOCAL INTEREST. WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCED TWO (2) OF THE GREATEST
FLOODS OF RECORD IN 1993 AND 1995 FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. ALL OF THAT WATER
OCCURRED AND ORIGINATED MANY MILES FROM OUR DISTRICT. IT WAS NOT LOCAL RAINFALLS
BUT IT WAS SNOW MELTS AND WATER FROM AREAS FAR UP THE MISSOURI RIVER BASIN COMING
DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT SUCH VELOCITIES THAT THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND ITS
LEVEES WERE UNABLE TO CONTAIN IT. ULTIMATELY IT CAUSED MANY LEVEES TO FAIL AND
MUCH WATER TO FLOW INTO LANDS THAT WERE HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE AND TO HOMES THAT WERE
WE ARE VERY MUCH CONCERNED THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SIXTY (60) YEARS THAT
WE SEE A REDUCTION IN THE FUNDS BEING SUBMITTED BY THIS COMMITTEE BELOW THAT OF
WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS SUBMITTED IN HIS BUDGET. WE FIND IT UNDESIRABLE AND
UNWISE TO REDUCE FUNDING FOR A PROJECT THAT WHEN COMPLETED WILL RETURN MANY "
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BACK TO OUR NATION'S ECONOMY AND WILL RELIEVE THE
INCONVENIENCES OF FLOODING, INUNDATED ROADS, WATER IN OUR HOUSES, DAMAGES TO OUR
PROPERTY, LOSS OF LIFE, CONTAMINATED DEEP WELLS, ETC.
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WE ARE LIKEWISE CONCERNED ABOUT THE CONTINUED PERSONNEL CUTS THAT ARE BEING
ASKED BY THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS WHICH IS GETTING TO THE POINT THAT THEY ARE
UNABLE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE LOCAL INTEREST. THESE PEOPLE KNOW OUR NEEDS AND
THEY DO ALL WITHIN THEIR CAPABILITIES AND AUTHORITY TO MEET THOSE NEEDS. PLEASE
DO NOT TAKE THAT LOCAL FLAVOR AWAY FROM US.
WE CAN ALSO ATTEST TO YOU THAT THE ABILITY TO PAY CLAUSE THAT WE ARE HAVING
TO CONTEND WITH AT THIS TIME AND SINCE 1986 IS VIRTUALLY SHUTTING DOWN PROJECTS
IN OUR AREA. THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD TO PAY THEIR COST/SHARING ARE GETTING THEIR
PROJECTS DONE AND THEY, IN MOST CASES, HAVE THE ABILITY TO FUND THE ENTIRE
PROJECT. THOSE WHO ARE POOR AND THOSE WHO NEED IT THE MOST ARE UNABLE TO MEET
THE VERY MINIMUM COST/SHARING AMOUNT AND IN MANY CASES COULD NOT MEET ANY PERCENT
OF THE COST. AS YOU CAN SEE THEY ARE LEFT WITH NOTHING. WE PETITION YOU TO
CHANGE THESE REQUIREMENTS TO PRESERVE ALL ELEMENTS OF OUR NATION TO RECEIVE SOME
WE ASK YOU TO LOOK AT THE ENTIRE M R AND T PROJECT CLOSELY. REVIEW BACK
THE COMMITMENT THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MADE TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS GREAT
VALLEY. DETERMINE IF OUR GOVERNMENT IS MEETING THEIR END OF THE COMMITMENT, AND
I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT LOCAL INTEREST HAS GONE FAR AND BEYOND THE COMMITMENT THAT
THEY MADE AT THE OUTSET. REVIEW ALSO THE RETURN ON THE INVESTMENT OF THE FEDERAL
DOLLAR. I BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL FIND THAT THE PROJECT IS PAYING BACK TO OUR
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AlilOST TEN FOLD FOR THE DOLLARS THAT HAVE BEEN SPENT.
WE ALSO URGE YOU TO TAKE BACK YOUR PREROGATIVE AND PRIVILEGE OF POLICY
MAKING AND SETTING IN ORDER THE RULES WHEREBY SUCH PROJECTS AS THE MISSISSIPPI
RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES PROJECT ARE COMPLETED AS SET FORTH BY OUR FOREFATHERS. WHO
KNOWS BETTER WHAT THE NEEDS ARE OF THE LOCAL PEOPLE THAN THE PEOPLE THAT
REPRESENT THEM? CERTAINLY THOSE WITHIN THE LOOP OF WASHINGTON. D. C. WHO HAVE
NEVER SEEN A FARM, NOR FLOOD, NOR CARRIED SAND BAGS. CAN RELATE TO THE PROBLEMS
AS WELL AS YOUR CONSTITUENTS. MR. CHAIRMAN WE URGE YOU TO TAKE BACK CONGRESS
AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY ON PROJECTS SUCH AS THIS.
MR. CHAIRMAN WE RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THIS COMMITTEE INCLUDE IN THE 1997
FISCAL YEAR APPROPRIATIONS AN AMOUNT OF NO LESS THAN $350,000,000 FOR THE
MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES PROJECT. WE CONTEND THAT THIS IS NOT ENOUGH.
$400,000,000 WOULD BE BETTER, HOWEVER, WE REALIZE THAT OUR NATION FACES SOME
FISCAL PROBLEMS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED, AND WE CONTINUE TO IMPROVE OUR VALLEY
AT THE FUNDING LEVEL.
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND WE TRUST THAT YOU WILL ACT FAVORABLY ON OUR
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
THE LITTLE RIVER DRAINAGE DISTRICT
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI
STATEMENT OF BILLY J. FELTY
MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE:
My name is Bill Felty. I am Chief Engineer of the St.
Francis Levee District of Arkansas. I live in West Memphis,
Arkansas which is located at the West side of the Mississippi
River in the St. Francis Basin. I am filing this statement
in behalf of the Levee and Drainage Districts in the entire
St. Francis Basin, Arkansas and Missouri.
We are the local cooperation organizations for the St.
Francis Basin which provides flood control and drainage to
3,500 square miles of Delta land beginning at Commerce,
Missouri at the foot of Sikeston Ridge on the North, to the
mouth of the St. Francis River above Helena, Arkansas, a
distance of 235 miles, and extending West from the
Mississippi River to Crowley's Ridge having a maximum width
of 45 miles.
Within the St. Francis Basin and the Lower Mississippi
Valley, we are witnessing a great industrial expansion and
the economy in this area is improving rapidly throughout the
entire basin especially along the Mississippi River. This
industrial growth and prosperity could not exist without
drainage and flood control protection made possible by the
appropriations from your Coiranittee.
The Civil Works Budget for FY 1997 appropriations for
the Mississippi River and Tributaries is being reviewed by
your Subcommittee. The amount of $350,000,000 is requested
by the Lower Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association for
use in the Mississippi River and Tributary Projects
throughout the Lower Mississippi Valley.
We support the amount of $350,000,000 requested by the
Lower Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association for the
Lower Mississippi Valley. It will take that amount to keep
the schedule set by the United States Army Corps of Engi-
The amount requested for the St. Francis Basin Project
is $8,600,000 for Arkansas and Missouri. We consider this
amount necessary to allow for adequate progress on the
project during the next fiscal year. The amount requested is
part of the total Civil Works Budget.
We have a large number of members of the Levee District
here today to attend the Appropriations Hearings. They have
come to show their support for the St. Francis Basin Project
statement of Billy J. Felty
and the Mississippi River and Tributaries Projects.
1 feel this Subcommittee will give fair consideration
to the needs of the Mississippi River and Tributaries
appropriations and I appreciate the time given and work you
do to advance the development of the water resource projects.
February 27, 1996
US House of Representatives
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
Amite River Basin Drainage and Water Conservation District
February 27, 1996
Mr Chairman, my name is Ross Atkins, Executive Director of the Amite River Drainage
and Water Conservation District It is indeed an honor and privilege to present written testimonv
before this distinguished Committee and Chairman I appreciate this opportunity to inform you ot"
the efforts and needs of the citizens of the Amite River Basin to protect against damage and
enhance the quality of life in this beautifiil region of the State of Louisiana.
The Amite River Basin encompasses about 2,200 square miles in southeastern Louisiana
and southwestern Mississippi. Headwaters of the Amite River originate in southwest Mississippi
while Lake Maurepas serves as the designated drain for the Amite and its tributaries. In Louisiana
alone, the Amite River and its tributary system meanders through six parishes (counties) with a
population of approximately 600,000 people
On April 14, 1967, the Senate Comminee on Public Works adopted a Resolution
sponsored by Senator Russell B Long and the late Senator Allen J. Ellender authorizing the
federal government to determine any needed improvements for flood control and related purposes
on the Amite River, Bayou Manchac, and Comite River and their tributaries.
Twenty-nine years have elapsed and the U S Army Corps of Engineers has initiated and
investigated numerous proposals aimed at alleviating flooding and drainage hazards in the Amite
River Basin. The reason for such concentration on flooding and drainage reduction is clear An
excerpt from the Report of Flood Problem Areas and Damage Reduction Measures prepared by
the Louisiana Statewide Flood Control Program's Project Evaluation Committee in 1986 states
"Flooding along the Amite River and its tributanes is the most serious flooding problem m the
Mississippi River - Lake Maurepas Basin it will take a continuation of coordinated efforts on a
large scale to resolve this extremely serious problem. "
Historical data from the U.S. Geological Survey depicts 23 floods on the Amite River
Major floods occurred in 1973, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1990 and more recently the fourth worst
flooding in history occurred in January of 1993 The most devastating flood on record is the
flood of 1983 According to the US Army Corps of Engmeers' 1992 Amite River and
Tributaries Feasibility Study of the Darlington Reservoir, flood damages from the flood of 1 98 1
inundated 357,000 acres and flooded over 5,000 homes and 200 businesses. The end result wu
over $ 1 72 million in damages.
Mr. Chairman, my message and plea today is for you and this committee to assist in the
eflForts to minimize loss and trauma caused by our flooding problems in the Amite River Basin
Our first real hope for solutions to our problems is the Comite River Diversion Canal A 1 2 miJe
diversion of high water from the Comite River into the Mississippi River was authorized by
Congress in 1992. This project, which is anticipated to cost $121,800,000 will serve as a mijor
relief to the lower Comite while providing a significant relief of the main channel of the Amite
River The Corps informs that as much as 6 feet of water would be diverted from the citizens of
Baker, Louisiana and Central Baton Rouge when the canal is completed In faa, the Corps is on
record as stating that the flood in January 1 993 would have been almost entirely avoided had the
canal been functioning at the time. Clearly, we must vigorously pursue the construction and
completion of this vital project It is a sobering thought to note that over 1,000 homes in East
Baton Rouge parish would have been protected in recent floods had this project been in place
The status of the Comite Diversion is now in final Design Memorandum and awajting re-
authorization in the Water Resource Development Acts pending before Congress
Please investigate and utilize the influence of this comminee to ensure the citizens of the
Amite River Basin will realize a flood control project which will also sustain and enhance
environmental and recreational benefits to the communities
Mr. Chairman, there are many other much needed solutions to the flooding and drajnage
problems in the Amite River Basin. The Corps is evaluating many proposals and the Amite Rj%er
Basin Commission will continue to work closely with the Corps in addressing long-term soluuons
YELLOW BEND PORT
CHICOT-DESHA METROPOLITAN PORT AUTHORITY
THE SLACKWATER HARBOR CONSTRUCTED AT YELLOW BEND HAS
EXPERIENCED ABNORMAL GROWTH AND POTENTIAL FOR
DEVELOPMENT IN THIS AREA OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA
EXCEEDING THE EXPECTATION OF THE ORIGINAL DESIGN.
THERE IS A NEED TO EXTEND THE SLACKWATER HARBOR BEYOND
THE EXISTING TERMINAL TO ACCOMMODATE PRESENT AND
ADDITIONAL USAGE. IT IS REQUESTED THAT THE EXISTING
SLACKWATER HARBOR BE EXTENDED AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF
$4.3 MILLION TO MEET THIS NEED.
CHICOT-DESHA METROPOLITAN PORT AUTHORITY
SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT
XJNITED STATES SENATE
UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
FEBRUARY 27, 1996
MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THIS DISTINGUISHED COMMITTEE, MY NAME
IS FRED DENTON. I SERVE AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CHICOT-DESHA
METROPOLITAN PORT AUTHORITY WHICH IS THE GOVERNING AUTHORITY FOR
THE SLACKWATER HARBOR AND PORT OF YELLOW BEND ARKANSAS LOCATED AT
RIVER MILE 554.1 ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. WE ARE PLEASED TO HAVE
THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUBMIT THIS STATEMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE
LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY FLOOD CONTROL ASSOCIATION.
I. HISTORY AND FINANCING :
THE CHICOT-DESHA METROPOLITAN PORT AUTHORITY WAS ESTABLISHED
APPROXIMATELY EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO THROUGH JOINT EFFORTS BY
CHICOT AND DESHA COUNTIES, LOCATED IN SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS.
AFTER YEARS OF HARD WORK BY MANY INDIVIDUALS IN BOTH
COUNTIES, AND WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF STATE AND FEDERAL
GOVERNMENTS, THE YELLOW BEND PORT BECAME A REALITY AND OPENED
FOR BUSINESS A LITTLE OVER TWO YEARS AGO.
YELLOW BEND HARBOR AND INFRASTRUCTURE CONSISTS OF AN ENTRANCE
CHANNEL AND A 350 X 610 FOOT HARBOR AREA, A 4 -TON OVERHEAD
BRIDGE CRANE WITH A 60-FOOT SPAN, EQUIPPED WITH A 10 CUBIC
YARD HYDRAULICALLY OPERATED CLAM SHELL, AN ELECTRIC WINCH, A
100,000 POUND TRUCK SCALE AND A MATERIAL CONVEYOR SYSTEM FOR
LOADING AND UNLOADING BARGES.
THE COST OF THE PROJECT WAS APPROXIMATELY $5,800,000 OF WHICH
APPROXIMATELY $3,500,000 WAS FURNISHED BY THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT, $500,000 WAS PROVIDED BY THE STATE OF ARKANSAS
AND THE BALANCE OF $1,800,000 WAS FURNISHED BY LOCAL FUNDING.
EVEN THOUGH THE PORT ITSELF IS LOCATED IN THE DELTA REGION OF
SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS, AN ACUTELY ECONOMIC DEPRESSED AREA, THE
CITIZENS TO BE SERVED BY THE PORT HAVE MADE THE SACRIFICES
NECESSARY TO FINANCE THE PROJECT AND START-UP COST BY VOTING
A LIMITED TWO (2) YEAR ONE CENT SALES TAX AND FINANCING THE
BALANCE. IT IS RECOGNIZED THAT MANY OF THE CITIZENS IN THESE
COUNTIES ARE DEPENDENT ON WELFARE BENEFITS FURNISHED BY THE
YELLOW BEND PORT
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND THAT THE POTENTIAL ECONOMIC BENEFITS
OF THE PORT COULD PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED JOBS; THEREBY REDUCING
THE NEED FOR WELFARE BENEFITS. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S
CONTRIBUTION TO THIS PROJECT WAS, INDEED, A WISE INVESTMENT
AND SAVINGS TO THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY.
PORT USAGE AND ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO DATE :
IN LESS THAN TWO AND ONE-HALF YEARS, APPROXIMATELY 310,000
TONS OF COMMODITIES, SUCH AS STEEL RAIL IMPORTED FROM RUSSIA,
RAW RUBBER FROM ASIA, ROCK FOR HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION,
FERTILIZER, COTTONSEED, SOYBEANS, AND LOGS, HAVE MOVED
THROUGH THE PORT. THIS IS BY ALL ACCOUNTS AN EXCELLENT
START FOR A RELATIVELY NEW PORT.
THIS ACTIVITY HAS GENERATED APPROXIMATELY $900,000 IN DIRECT
REVENUES. HISTORICALLY, MONEY TURNS OVER APPROXIMATELY SIX
(6) TIMES IN AN AREA. THIS WOULD MEAN OVER $5,000,000 IN
ECONOMIC ACTIVITY TOOK PLACE IN THIS DEPRESSED SECTION OF THE
BECAUSE OF THE PORT'S EXISTENCE, A NEW LOG CHIPPING COMPANY
HAS LOCATED NEAR THE PORT TO SERVE A LOCAL PAPER MILL WITH
RAW PRODUCTS, THUS CREATING NEW JOBS. LOGS WILL BE SHIPPED
IN TO THE COMPANY THROUGH THE PORT, AND EXCESS CHIPS WILL BE
MOVED OUT THROUGH THE PORT FOR SHIPMENT TO OTHER PAPER MILLS.
III. PORT OPPORTUNITIES AND REQUIREMENTS :
POTENTIAL MANUFACTURERS AND SHIPPERS ARE CONTINUOUSLY
EXPRESSING INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS WHICH EXCEED THE PRESENT
AVAILABLE FACILITIES. FOR THE PORT AUTHORITY TO ACCOMMODATE
THE NEEDS OF THESE COMPANIES, EXPANSION OF THE HARBOR AND
SUPPORTING INFRASTRUCTURE IS VITAL. ACCORDINGLY, THE PORT
AUTHORITY AND AREA COMMUNITY AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEADERS ARE
WORKING DILIGENTLY ON PLANS TO EXPAND THE PORT'S 40-TON CRANE
INTO A 30,000 SQUARE FOOT MULTI-PURPOSE WAREHOUSE, SECURING
ON-SITE RAIL SERVICE AND CONSTRUCTION OF COMMODITY AND
FERTILIZER STORAGE FACILITIES. THEY ARE WORKING WITH LOCAL
AREA BANKS TO SECURE LOANS FOR SOME OF THESE PROJECTS WHICH
WILL BE REPAID BY THE PORT AUTHORITY'S SHARE OF THE SHIPPING
REVENUES. HOWEVER, DUE TO THE ORIGINAL CORPS OF ENGINEER'S
DESIGN, THE WATER FRONTAGE IN THE HARBOR IS BASICALLY