You Can Help Better
Life in the Ouachita River Valley
River Valley Association is always working on membership
retention and recruiting new members. Current membership
consists of members in the following categories: individual,
small business, corporate, civic/professional, public entity,
and primary users. Annual dues range from $50 for an
individual membership to $2,500 for primary users. Our goal is
to retain all existing members and enlist new members.
Additional members are needed to first, help "Tell the
Story" to Federal and other officials why it is of
critical importance to continue the development of water and
land resources in the Ouachita River Basin and second, there
is "strength in numbers".
Listed below are
reasons for joining ORVA:
1. Be part of
our organization that has been in existence 117 years in the
development of water and land resources and has a proud record
of longevity and accomplishments to include being the
organization that represented the voice of the private sector
during the planning and construction of the Ouachita-Black
Rivers Navigation Projects in the mid-twenties (6-Ĺ ft
Project) and during the 70ís-early 80ís timeframe (9-ft
Project) under the unparalleled leadership of H. K. Thatcher,
ORVA Executive Director.
2. Be part of
the Association that is recognized by Congress, Federal and
state agencies as the lead organization that promotes and
supports the development of water and land resources
throughout the Ouachita River Valley.
3. Be part of
the Association that makes two visits annually with
congressional members representing the Ouachita River Valley
in Louisiana and Arkansas to express water and land resources
needs - we are an Association of constituents of our elected
congressional representatives. Competition for Federal funds
is very competitive in today's world and our voices must be
in an annual conference that features some of the top experts
in the field of water and land resources development. Featured
speakers normally include congressional members, U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers commanders, U.S. Coast Guard commanders and
experts in the fields of navigation, flood control, water
supply, recreation and tourism, and fish and wildlife.
5. Stay informed
of whatís going on in the water and land resources
development in the Ouachita River Valley through receipt of
quarterly newsletters, media releases, and the ORVA web site.
Board members meet quarterly and at least two of these are for
in annual inspection trips on the Ouachita-Black and
Mississippi Rivers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and
see firsthand how valuable our water and land resources are.
network, and socialize with good "down-to-earth"
common sense folks who want to insure the economy,
environment, and quality of life for residents of the Ouachita
River Valley are improving on a continuous basis.
Remember this is
the Association that served as the voice of the private sector
that was utilized by U.S. Senator Allen J. Ellender and U.S.
Representative Otto Passman of Louisiana and U.S. Senator John
McClellan and U.S. Representative Oren Harris, both of
Arkansas and others in getting the Ouachita-Black Rivers
Navigation Project constructed. This project today serves as
one of the primary generators of economic and environmental
activity in the Ouachita River Basin.
are encouraged to consider joining this important Association
and help to continue its proud legacy.