Inhofe: Arkansas River system facing $225 million backlog in upkeep
The Associated Press and Tulsa World - September 21, 2019 10:42 am
TULSA, Okla. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says an Arkansas River system that runs from Tulsa to the Mississippi River is facing a $225 million backlog of what he describes as critical upkeep projects after being hindered for months this summer by historic flooding in Oklahoma.
The Tulsa World reports that the Environmental and Public Works Committee’s senior member submitted a statement on Wednesday for a committee hearing to discuss the next Water Resources and Development Act legislation.
The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System is 445 miles (716 kilometers) long.
Inhofe says that the system supports financial activity across a 12-state region, moving 10.9 million tons (9.89 million metric tons) of commerce worth $3.5 billion yearly. However he noted that Tulsa’s port has been closed to barge traffic since May.
Inhofe says that silt needs to be removed from the channel and re-dredging likely won’t be finished until November.