Upper Monongahela River Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 519
Granville, WV 26534-0519

Thursday 24 February 2005

Senator Robert C. Byrd
300 Virginia Street, Suite 2630
Charleston WV 25301
202-224-3954 (fax 228-0002)
304-342-5855 (fax 343-7144)

SUBJECT: National Waterways Conference Summit 7-9 March 2005 Washington DC 20510 Jury’s Doyle Hotel Dupont Circle

Dear Senator Byrd:

Just as he did last year, Captain George W. Boyle will attend this year’s NWC budget summit.

George will represent our organizations within the Pittsburgh District (US Army Corps of Engineers) concerned with recreational boating, that is, Boaters are Voters, River Navigation Coalition, Pirates of the Allegheny, and, our Upper Monongahela River Association Incorporated.

George may request to schedule an appointment with a member of your staff, to discuss Corps funding in general, Pittsburgh District funding and projects in particular, and, keeping the locks open on the Upper Allegheny and Upper Monongahela.

We also hope that you and our entire WV delegation will attend the March 8 congressional reception at the conference, so that George may discuss our concerns with you at this forum. The reception is from 5:30-7pm, 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. RSVP to Alison Heath is requested (703-243-4090, alison@waterways.org).

As you know, in the case of our Upper Monongahela in WV, we support Congressman Mollohan’s initiative to provide for remote operation of our Morgantown, Hildebrand, and Opekiska locks, from the Point Marion lock. And, we ask your support for our Interim Lock Hours Solution. These initiatives are described on our UPPERMON.ORG website.

To learn more about Captain George and our organizations, please visit www.anchorsaweighmagazine.com. Check out ASK CAPTAIN GEORGE, third listing in menu on homepage. And, at the bottom of the menu, use BOATING LINKS to connect to our organizations.





Donald C. Strimbeck, Secretary

304-599-7585 (fax 4131)

cc via fax:
Senator Rockefeller
Representative Capito
Congressman Mollohan
Congressman Rahall
Captain George W. Boyle, 22 Werner Camp Road, Pittsburgh PA 15238, 724-274-8501 (fax 4865). BoatersAreVoters@aol.com.
Worth Hager, President, NWC, www.waterways.org, 703-243-4090, FAX 703-243-4155. worth@waterways.org.
Lock hours email lists.