Upper Monongahela River Association, Inc.

P.O. Box 519
Granville, WV  26534-0519

Donald C. Strimbeck, Secretary
109 Broad Street, P.O. Box 519
Granville, WV 26534-0519
304-599-7585 (Fax:4131)
Email: dcsoinks@comcast.net


                                December 9, 2013

Colonel Bernard Lindstrom, District Commander
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District
2200 William S. Moorhead Federal Building
1000 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15222-4186
FAX 412-644-4093

Subject: IMTS Levels of Service - Additional (Lock) Service (to Support 2014 Events on the Upper Monongahela River)

Dear Colonel Lindstrom:

As requested by you in meetings held in Morgantown WV on 26 September and in Kittanning PA on 30 October 2013, the Upper Monongahela River Association (UMRA) is forwarding a prioritized list of Upper Mon River Recommended Lock Openings For 2014 (attachment1), consistent with major fishing tournaments and a facilities dedication in Marion County West Virginia. This list has been developed by the lock working group that includes representatives from the B.A.S.S. Nation of WV, the WV Bass Federation, the Cheat Lake Anglers Bass Club and UMRA.  The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources served as a resource and provided information as did several other users of the Upper Monongahela River.  Recreational and commercial use of the Upper Monongahela River requires passage through the locks and is important for the current and future economy of the region. On behalf of UMRA and the lock working group, we look forward to continuing to work with the Army Corps of Engineers to meet the needs of the recreational (and commercial) users of the Upper Mon River. This request for 8 days of lock openings is made as we in West Virginia, along with our partners on the Upper Allegheny (ARDC), work with you on a longer term and broader lock opening program using the “Contributed funds” approach.  If you need further information we can be reached by telephone at 304-276-3792 or by email at bpallay@comcast.net.


Barry Pallay
President, Upper Monongahela River Association and member of Lock Working Group

Tim Mitchem
President, B.A.S.S. Nation of West Virginia and member of Lock Working Group

Enclosure: Upper Mon River Recommended Lock Openings for 2014

Colonel Bernard R. Lindstrom, District Commander, Pittsburgh District USACE
Richard C. Lockwood, Chief, Operations Division, Pittsburgh District USACE
Lenna Hawkins, Deputy for Programs & Project Management, Pittsburgh District USACE
David Heidish, Pittsburgh District USACE
Senator Manchin
Senator Rockefeller
Congressman McKinley
Congresswoman Capito
Congressman Rahall
Governor Tomblin
WV DNR – Frank Jernejcic
ARDC-Linda Hemmes
Many others-via extensive email list

Attachment 1

Dates for Lock Openings on Monongahela River for 2014.

April 13th 2014 all locks open from 7:00 am -4:00 pm

May 11th 2014 all locks open from 7:00 am -4:00 pm

May 24th and 25th 2014 (BNWF Marion County Invitational Tournament) all locks open from 7:00 am -4:00 pm

June 28th and 29th 2014 (BF Invitational Tournament) all locks open from 7:00 am -4:00 pm

August 16th and 18th 2014 (Marion County Facilities Dedication) all locks open from 7:00 am -4:00 pm

Please contact Tim Mitchem President BNWF if there are any questions.  Office 304-293-2163.  Cell 304-290-9641. Email  Tim.Mitchem@mail.wvu.edu .