Claremore Daily Progress

Top Stories

October 26, 2013

Mullin supports Port’s future


Congressman Markwayne Mullin met with area leaders Friday at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa to speak about the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).
“The legislation received overwhelming bipartisan support in the House of Representatives, pending approval in the Senate,” Mullin said.
“Our water infrastructure is linked to the health of our economy,” said Mullin. “If we do not have adequate infrastructure, we cannot move our commerce and we cannot protect our jobs. Oklahoma’s water infrastructure alone plays a critical role in global competition. With the McClellan–Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS), Oklahoma is connected to the rest of the nation and the world.”
Mullin spoke about the impact the law could make on the Port, one of the nation’s largest inland waterways.
Mullin said the bill would eliminate approximately $4 billion in spending, streamlining efforts to improve waterways across the country.
WRRDA allows the books to be cleared of previously authorized funding for projects that are old and unwarranted, and redirects these funds towards critical infrastructure needs, Mullin said. 
 Additionally, WRRDA increases efficiency through consolidation and hard deadlines of Corps of Engineers studies, he said.
The bill also has unique sunset features to insure the projects are completed in a timely manner to save resources, according to Mullin.
Additionally, the bill includes no earmarks, Mullin said.
The act will address other issues facing the Port, including previous legislation requiring waterways to be closed during off peak usage, according to Mullin.
Every time a lock on the river is closed, it has an economic impact of $2 million a day, Mullin said.
The Port serves 80 private industries, and employs 7,500 with an annual payroll of $350 million.
Each year, 5.5 million tons of goods are transported by barge, enough to fill 240,000 trucks.
This legislation will assist the Port, making sure it is open for business year around and can meet the demands of local business, according to Mullin.
“WRRDA not only means an empowered economy with less federal regulation, but it also means jobs for our fellow Americans,” said Mullin. “As a member of Congress who is actually creating jobs in the private sector, this is huge. Thirteen million jobs depend on water infrastructure. WRRDA is pro-business legislation that will partner with the private sector and result in greater efficiency and accountability.”

Text Only
Top Stories
  • bridge work continues Portion of 4180 Road remains closed for completion of bridge work
    A portion of 4180 Road will remain closed through at least Thursday as workers complete a bridge widening project on the south end of Claremore Lake.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rogers County Audit:
    A recent report issued by Oklahoma State Auditor Gary Jones documented Rogers County Clerk Robin Anderson solicited donations from several Rogers County vendors.

    April 20, 2014

  • Students paint mural Catoosa High School artists paint mural to instill respect, inspiration

    Catoosa High School students, Devin Jackson and Spencer Plumlee, recently put the finishing touches on a mural that took more than a year to complete. 

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local attorneys fight to eliminate judgment

    Claremore attorneys — Thomas H. Williams and Jack E. Gordon Jr. —   filed a petition Tuesday to vacate the $27.9 million judgment awarded to Material Service Corp. 

    April 18, 2014

  • Rogers County Water Dist. 16 receives grant

    Rogers County Rural Water District No. 16 received a $24,999 grant Tuesday to help finance expansion of the district’s water supply infrastructure.  

    April 18, 2014

  • Grand Jury recesses until June 24

    The multicounty grand jury charged with investigating accusations of misconduct by Rogers County officials recessed Thursday until June 24-26, saying it needed to hear from more witnesses before returning a finding in the matter.

    April 17, 2014

  • Harps Food opens new store in Inola

    On April 23, Harps Food Stores will reach a new milestone in their company’s history with the opening of its 75th store. 

    April 17, 2014

  • helping children Tri-County CASA seeks additional volunteers as child abuse cases increase

    From 2010-2013, Oklahoma has seen an increase in children entering foster care. According to Oklahoma Department of Human Services reports, approximately 11,000 children are in state’s custody because of child abuse or neglect — 4,000 in the Tulsa area alone and more than 100 in Rogers County.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Judge refuses to dismiss Grubowski in DA suit

    A judge has denied businessman Myron Grubowski's motion to remove him from the defamation lawsuit filed by District Attorney Janice Steidley against sponsors of last fall's unsuccessful citizens petition for a local grand jury investigation of her  office.

    April 17, 2014

  • Controversial schools chief attracts crowd of opponents

    The field of candidates running for state school superintendent is unusually large — a sign of broad interest in what observers say is sure to be a referendum on the incumbent, Dr. Janet Barresi.

    April 17, 2014