Policy and a Pint

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Financial problems are making upkeep difficult on the Ouachita –Black River system.

Tracy Hilburn, Operations Superintendent of the Tensas Basin Levee District says the system has $30,000,000 in outstanding work that could determine the amount of commercial river traffic that uses the Ouachita River.

Hilburn says if the river traffic doesn’t pick up the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could walk away from the project. 

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The Ouachita River system is in a perilous situation. The lack of commercial barge traffic on the river may mean reduced federal funds for dredging and repairs to locks and dams. This lack of upkeep has forced some shippers off the river and if total commercial tonnage doesn’t pick up the river could return to a natural state.

Randy Denmon of Ouachita River Valley Association (ORVA) will be a panelist at KEDM’s Policy and a Pint: Ouachita Runs Dry. We will discuss the dangers of a declining river system.

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John Stringer talks to Cory Crowe about the potential for budget cuts concerning the Ouachita River. He shares the risks associated with lower funding, why the river is important to the area, and sheds light on organizations that are trying to help.

Mr. Stringer shares that if action is not taken, "we'll have a meandering stream going through sandbars" where we once had the Ouachita. 

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90.3 KEDM Public Radio hosts Policy and a Pint: Ouachita Runs Dry-The Decline of a River System on Tuesday April 11 at 6 p.m. Topics to be discussed include river health, drinking water, economic impact, agricultural impact, industry and recreational use of the Ouachita River.

Last week concerned local citizens attended KEDM's Policy and a Pint: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The event featured a panel of local experts to answer questions about reducing waste going into our landfill.

The discussion includes information on curbside recycling and where to take items for reuse.

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Join 90.3 KEDM on Tuesday, February 14 at 6 p.m. for the broadcast of the public forum on reducing waste and recycling.

KEDM's Policy and a Pint: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle featured panelists from the Twin Cities answering questions on local environmental and quality of life issues. The discussion was recorded at Doe's Eat Place in Monroe on February 7.

Stuart Hodnett of Ouachita Green  discussed the options available to local residents for staying "green." 

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KEDM will host Policy and a Pint on February 7 at Does Eat Place in Monroe.  The topic of our open public forum is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The event will look at ways to reduce waste going into our environment and landfill. 

Our panel will include Stuart Hodnet of Ouachita Green, Josh Tolleson of Goodwill Industries, and Alan Brockman of Sunquest Properties.  They will answer questions from the public about environmental issues and proposals and projects that will keep our area beautiful  and our landfill clean. 

Thanks to everyone who attended KEDM's Policy and a Pint discussion about public art! The discussion will air Tuesday, October 18 at 6 p.m.

The conversation covered everything from the economic development aspect of public art, respectfully conforming to local taste or "pushing the envelope;" and how to pay for art in public spaces.

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KEDM hosts Policy and a Pint today at 6:00 p.m.  The topic of discussion is public art.

Anne Bloxom Smith of the Monroe Garden District Alliance serves as a panelist in the discussion. Smith said the Garden District could be enhanced by public art projects but they must meet historical and community standards.  

Smith said the biggest problem with public art is upkeep. She says the care of public art must be thought about before art is installed.  

Policy and a Pint begins with a meet and greet at 5:30 p.m.  and discussion at 6:00 p.m.

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90.3 KEDM Public Radio will host Policy and a Pint: Public Art on Tuesday, October 11. This public forum will discuss the topic of public art and issues related to community standards for displays.

The public forum will be held on October 11 at The Pickle Barrel, 1827 Avenue of America, Monroe, LA . KEDM will host a meet and greet at 5:30 p.m. and the discussion begins at 6.00 p.m.

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