The AOPOA is a non-profit organization with the objective of promoting development and commerce on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS);
The MKARNS provides significant economic benefits to the Nation, and has been designated as a Marine Highway (M-40);
The MKARNS annually ships approximately 11.S million tons of waterborne cargo with an estimated value of $4.3 billion;
The MKARNS is a multipurpose system providing other benefits to the region and Nation, including flood control, hydroelectric power generation, recreation, and environmental and ecological advantages;
The AOPOA membership is comprised of port and terminal operators from the States of Arkansas and Oklahoma and other regional businesses which utilize and benefit from the MKARNS.
The Arkansas-Oklahoma Port Operators Association (AOPOA) encourages and endorses the support and allocation of resources that enhance the viability and competitiveness of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS) to include deepening the navigable channel to 12 feet and updating or constructing tow haulage equipment at all of the locks, and to ensure the continued reliability of the system by overcoming the backlog of critical maintenance, and addressing and correcting threats to navigation, such as the Three-Rivers-Area I Melinda structure.
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