RRVA

Our Purpose

Red River Valley Association

The RRVA has played a key role in advocating and advancing various programs at the local, state, and federal level. Since our inception, we have promoted developing the land and water resources of the Red River Valley for the benefit of its residents. These initiatives encompass:

Flood Control

In May 1990, the Red River in Arkansas and Louisiana faced its highest levels since the devastating floods of 1945 and 1957. While significant, the damage in 1990 was lessened by levees and flood control structures built since efforts began to manage the river. Approximately 700,000 acres flooded, causing an estimated $20.4 million in damages, but it could have been much worse. Flood control works, including levees and upstream reservoirs, prevented another 1.3 million acres from flooding, saving an estimated $330 million in additional damage to agriculture and urban areas. A flood committee was formed through the coordination of the Red River Valley and the Corps of Engineers. Through the efforts of that committee, actions are in place to reduce the impact of high water along the Red River.

Bank Stabilization

The Red River erodes hundreds of acres of productive farmland each year throughout the RRVA’s four-state region. In addition, residential, commercial, and industrial facilities, as well as significant infrastructure improvements such as highways, railroads, and power lines located near the Red River, are threatened by bank caving. In the years since the RRVA began supporting bank stabilization programs, including the construction of revetments and channel realignments, the number of acres lost each year has reduced dramatically.

Environment

The Red River Valley Association is concerned for the condition of our environment and the impact it has on our region. All water resource projects must consider the significance of the impact on the natural environment. Projects we support, will adhere to appropriate regulations and laws as outlined by the National Environmenta1 Policy Act (NEPA) process.

Water Quality

Nearly 4,000 tons of natural salts, primarily sodium chloride, entered the upper reaches of the Red River each day, that previously rendered downstream waters mostly unusable. For decades, the RRVA has diligently advocated for Congress to allocate funds to implement additional Chloride Control programs to mirror the 1987 project on the South Fork of the Wichita River in King and Knox Counties, Texas. Based on an independent panel of experts, this project continues to perform beyond design expectations, ensuring a viable water supply for the Basin’s residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural needs. The RRVA remains committed to expanding this initiative for the benefit of residents.

Electricity Generation

Completed in 1945, Lake Texoma’s Denison Dam began providing electricity to the neighboring region by activating its initial 35-MW hydroelectric turbine. Through 1989, the Corps of Engineers accrued over $60 million in revenue from the electricity sold from Denison Dam. The RRVA supports the pursuit of hydroelectric power at other Locks and Dams and the construction of salt gradient solar ponds associated with power generation equipment in conjunction with Chloride Control Projects in western Texas and Oklahoma.

Recreational Facilities

Innumerable lakes, ranging from small oxbow lakes to massive structures such as Lake Texoma in Texas and Oklahoma, directly result from the flood control, bank stabilization, and navigation projects supported by the RRVA. Each year, millions of residents and visitors alike can enjoy recreational activities such as boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking, and hunting, thanks to the availability of these recreational facilities on the Red River.

Economic and Community Development

Whether it be the jobs created by construction projects throughout the Red River area, greater assurance of flood protections, access to a cleaner water supply, or the availability of a multitude of quality recreational facilities, every citizen who resides in the Red River region benefits directly from RRVA-supported projects, the RRVA supports and participates in economic development programs, organizations, and initiatives.

Public Awareness

Supporting communities in educating the public about the significance of water resource matters and initiatives that aim to promote the economic progress and welfare of the Red River Valley.