50th Anniversary of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS)
With great excitement, Tulsa Port of Catoosa celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the MKARNS and the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. June 5th marked fifty years since President Richard M. Nixon's official dedication of the MKARNS and the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.
They welcomed speakers, including Chairman of the Tulsa Ports Board Dewey Bartlett, Mayor GT Bynum Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell, Secretary Tim Gatz (Oklahoma Department of Transportation), Executive Director of The Arkansas Waterways Commission Cassandra Caldwell, Brigadier General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division Christopher Beck, and Luke Holland (Chief of Staff for Senator Jim Inhofe) who reflected on the impact that the MKARNS and Tulsa Ports have had over the last five decades.
The MKARNS is a 445-mile waterway that includes the Verdigris, Arkansas and White rivers and connects Oklahoma from the Tulsa Port of Catoosa to the Gulf of Mexico.
The navigation system generates billions in economic impact to the state while providing a national and international outlet for Oklahoma commodities and products.
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