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COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
JAMIE L. WHITTEN, Mississippi, Chairman EDWARD P. BOLAND, Massachusetts
SILVIO O. CONTE, Massachusetts WILLIAM H. NATCHER, Kentucky
JOSEPH M. McDADE, Pennsylvania NEAL SMITH, Iowa
JOHN T. MYERS, Indiana JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, New York
CLARENCE E. MILLER, Ohio SIDNEY R. YATES, Illinois
LAWRENCE COUGHLIN, Pennsylvania DAVID R. OBEY, Wisconsin
C. W. BILL YOUNG, Florida EDWARD R. ROYBAL, California
JACK F. KEMP, New York LOUIS STOKES, Ohio
RALPH REGULA, Ohio TOM BEVILL, Alabama
GEORGE M. O'BRIEN, Illinois BILL CHAPPELL, JR., Florida
VIRGINIA SMITH, Nebraska BILL ALEXANDER, Arkansas
ELDON RUDD, Arizona JOHN P. MURTHA, Pennsylvania
CARL D. PURSELL, Michigan BOB TRAXLER, Michigan
MICKEY EDWARDS, Oklahoma JOSEPH D. EARLY, Massachusetts
BOB LIVINGSTON, Louisiana CHARLES WILSON, Texas
BILL GREEN, New York LINDY (MRS. HALE) BOGGS, Louisiana TOM LOEFFLER, Texas NORMAN D. DICKS, Washington
JERRY LEWIS, California MATTHEW F. McHUGH, New York
JOHN EDWARD PORTER, Mlinois WILLIAM LEHMAN, Florida
HAROLD ROGERS, Kentucky MARTIN OLAV SABO, Minnesota
JOE SKEEN, New Mexico JULIAN C. DIXON, California
FRANK R. WOLF, Virginia
BILL LOWERY, California
FREDERICK G. MOHRMAN, Clerk and Staff Director
99th no. 2
ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT
APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1987
MONDAY, APRIL 14, 1986. TESTIMONY OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND OTHER INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS
COOSA-ALABAMA WATERWAY & PORT OF MOBILE
IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, INC., CENTRE, ALABAMA
COMMITTEE, CENTRE, ALABAMA
MENT ASSOCIATION, INC.
We are proud to have you here with us today. In order to let Congressman Dickinson get back to his Armed Services Committee and keep the country safe from attack and all, the Chair will recognize Mr. Bill Dickinson, and you may proceed as you wish, Bill.
Bill, we are also glad to hear from you.
I also enjoy and appreciate the opportunity of coming to speak on behalf of Alabama Waterways Systems. Since I am the lead-off witness, if it is appropriate, I would like to recognize Ralph Clemens, Executive Vice-President of the Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association who is with us today, and Lister Hill Proctor of Sylacauga, Alabama, the President of the Coosa-Alabama Association.
I express sympathy for the recent death of Bill Brewbaker of Montgomery who was Systems Secretary-Treasurer.
Mr. BEVILL. Ralph has one of the best substitutes and representatives anyone could have, Mary George Waite.
Why don't you come up to the table.
Mr. DICKINSON. Also Larry Lee is the new Executive Director of the Tri-Rivers Waterway Development Association, and Baxter Harcourt of Georgia who is President, and Homer Hirt of Sneeds, Florida, who is Vice President. I am not sure he is here.
I am particularly pleased that Larry Lee is here in his present position and not in my job. I would like to, on behalf of all the Alabama Waterways Systems, express our very sincere and deep appreciation to you, Mr. Chairman, for your leadership and guidance over the years.
We have had good progress in Alabama. We are very dependent on our waterway systems, and I think the prosperity of our state looking down the road is inextricably tied with
our waterways systems, whether it be from the Coosa, from the Chatahoochee on the east bank to the Tenn-Tom on the western side, and all in between.
We are pleased with an abundance of water, and the development of it really portends the development and prosperity of our State in the future.
Both the Coosa-Alabama and the Tri-Rivers are asking the full Corps capability on operation and maintenance plus Tri-River supports a $300,000 Corps basin study along with O&M money on locks and dams below Eufaula and in Columbia on the Tri-Rivers System.
If it is agreeable with the Chair and the Committee, I would like to submit my statement on both of these systems for the record and just make impromptu remarks as to the system.
Mr. BEVILL. Without objection, both statements will be made part of the record.
Mr. DICKINSON. The Congress and this committee has been very kind to us in Alabama in the past. We have had some dramatic growth along the Tenn-Tom. We have had some additional growth on the other systems.
To a very large extent we have worked out our differences in the Tri-Rivers System with Florida. That was at an impasse for several years, but as you will recall, the Corps has gone in and removed large boulders and the impediments to navigation to a very large extent below the Alabama and North Florida line.
I think there is really no big problem except time and money in developing the Tri-Rivers System, now will go all the way up to co lumbus, Georgia, and enhancing the navigation and the industry all up and down that river is very important to us.
My district fronts the river from the Florida line all the way up to the Russell-Henry County line. So, we have a real deep and abiding interest in the development of this system.
We appreciate the opportunity to come and testify today. We appreciate your consideration in the past, and we look forward to the kind administrations of this committee in the future.
Thank you very much.
TESTIMONY IN BEHALF OF ALABAMA KATERWAYS
CONGRESS AV BILL DICKINSON
Monday, April 14, 1986
Before Energy and Water Development Subcommittee
Committee on Appropriations
House & Senate
Alabaina, as you know, is blessed with a large number of
waterways, many of which provide vital links of transportation from mid-America to the Gulf of Mexico, and nunerous other
benefits to the people and to the economy of our State.
The two waterway systems that directly affect the Second Congressional District of Alabama are the Coosa - Alabaina and the
Apalachicola-Chattahoochee - Flint.
It is on their behalf, and our other waterways, that I appear before you today in support of the Corps of Engineers' budget requests for operation and maintenance of these waterways, along with operation and inaintenance for their supporting locks
and dams, a basin study, and one request for construction funds
on the Warrior - Tombigbee System in Alabama,
On the Coosa-Alabama System, as on our other waterways, the consistent reliability of the nine-foot channel during dry seasons
is of major concern if industry is to recognize the advantages of
river transportation, especially from Montgomery to the Port of
The Coosa- Alabama's request for the Corps' full capability of $10,343,000 would help finish a large amount of clearing, dredging and repair work scheduled along the waterway including some resurfacing of roadways. The Corps' request for the Coosa-Alabama is only
$4,924,000 and so I leave it to your good judgement as
to the final