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Business Suffers When The River Runs Dry

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The Ouachita River could lose 20 feet of water in Monroe if the Columbia Lock fails.

The Ouachita River system is in a perilous situation. The lack of commercial barge traffic on the river may mean reduced federal funds for dredging and repairs to locks and dams. This lack of upkeep has forced some shippers off the river and if total commercial tonnage doesn’t pick up the river could return to a natural state.

Randy Denmon of Ouachita River Valley Association (ORVA) will be a panelist at KEDM’s Policy and a Pint: Ouachita Runs Dry. We will discuss the dangers of a declining river system.

You are invited to attend Policy and a Pint: Ouachita Runs Dry on Tuesday, April 11 at S.Q.’s On The Ouachita. Our “Meet and Greet”  will begin at 5:30 p.m. and our “LIVE” discussion will begin at 6:00 p.m. and be aired on KEDM Public Radio.

Topics will include water usage, recreation, agriculture, industry and sewage discharge on the Ouachita River and tributaries 

Originally from Monroe, Cory has worked in a variety of media. He has worked in television news and spent seven years as a TV sports play-by-play announcer. He was also creative director for a television advertising department and worked extensively as a photojournalist. Cory has lived in both Dallas and New Orleans.
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