AWC Director Deidre Smith signs Memorandums of Agreements with USACE as final order of business
Director Deidre Smith's last official order of business with the Arkansas Waterways Commission before resigning her position was to sign two memorandum of agreements with Colonel Eric M. Noe, commander of the Little Rock District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). One of the agreements provides $50,000.00 to cost share with USACE on a new design for tow haulage equipment to standardize and update the existing equipment along the Arkansas segment of the McClellan–Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS). The other agreement for $200,000.00 will be used to create a model designed to fix an area in the channel that seems to be a "hot spot" for shoaling at MM 222 close to Dardanelle. These funds are acquired from ad valorem taxes collected on barges traversing the Arkansas River. Both of these projects will benefit all the ports and shippers on the MKARNS.