Army Corps of Engineers releases Little Maumelle River debris letter

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  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A long-awaited letter has been delivered to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    Three weeks ago Army Corps of Engineers officials asked the owners River Valley Marina for "a reasonable plan," with a timeline, to clean up the Little Maumelle River.

    Docks, boats and other debris, belonging to the marina, became entangled in the river during a flood in May of 2011.

    It was never cleaned up.

    The marina owners complied with the June 8 deadline, but no plan has been submitted.

    Instead, the owners of River Valley Marina asked the Corps of Engineers to release them of all financial responsibility for the remaining debris.

    The marina owners stated in the letter that they did everything they could. Meanwhile, partially sunken boats and docks can be seen from the Two Rivers Bridge and I-430 Bridge. It's even visible from satellite.

    Laurie Driver is with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.




    "We'll be doing an inspection within the next week. [But] they believe the debris that is here still are individual boats and should be the responsibility of the boat owners to remove that debris. We've received the names from River Valley Marina and we're looking into that," Driver said. 

    So the Corps has sent a second letter to the marina asking for more information.

    "It's just going to take a little time still," Driver said.

    The Corps is simultaneously working to find the owner of a houseboat, half-sunken in the middle of the river.

    And when floating down the Little Maumelle River past the marina, boaters can still see debris from the May 2011 storm right along the banks of the Little Maumelle River.

    "We're going to do an inventory on what is left and try to determine if it's from the marina or from boat owners that were in the marina, and look at our options there," Driver added.

    The Corps of Engineers spent $50,000 of tax payer money in March, cleaning up flotsam in approach to the Murray Lock and Dam.

    River Valley Marina, in their letter letter, asked to be released from paying the bill because they believe the clean-up included privately-owned boats.

    The Corps says they are making progress in identifying these boat owners, and hope to provide another update next week.

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