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The SR2017.0013 portion of these records are comprised of the Arkansas Waterways minutes and financial reports, environmental study and research materials, as well as audiovisual materials and publications. Series 1: Operations of the Arkansas Waterways Commission including minutes, financial reports and budgets, commission business materials, state legislation, and materials on rivers promoted by the commission. Series 2: Environmental research materials including environmental studies, impact statements, reports, drafts and plans. Series 3: Audiovisual Materials Series 4: Publications The SR2017.0025 portion of these records consists two coins commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Waterways Commission. The SR20020.0008 portion of records consists of reports and correspondence related to various projects discussed or completed by the Waterways Commission related to the Arkansas River Basin, Montgomery Point Lock and Dam, Red River, White River, and other projects.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Arkansas Waterways Commission is the state agency responsible for the development, promotion, and protection of Arkansas's commercially navigable waterways for waterborne transportation. The commission also promotes the economic development for ports on Arkansas's commercially navigable rivers: the Arkansas, Mississippi, Ouachita, Red, and White Rivers. The Arkansas Waterways Commission’s mission includes the promotion of these five rivers as a matter of concern which beneficially serves the state and its residents. Established in 1967 by Act 242, the Arkansas Waterways Commission's powers, duties, and functions were amended in 1973 by Act 414. The commission is comprised of seven members, all appointed by the Governor with consent of the Senate. Five commissioners each represent one of the aforementioned rivers and two serve within the commission unattached to a specific waterway. The commission coordinates efforts to promote Arkansas's navigable stream areas and facilitate the development of ports and harbors. It also studies all executive orders and legislation, both on the state and federal levels, that would potentially affect the commercial development of interstate water transportation. As such, the Arkansas Waterways Commission regularly works with federal agencies, including but not limited to: the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Arkansas Waterways Commission records, MS.000812


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Arkansas Waterways Commission records, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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