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

Monday 8 May 2006

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

RE: Georgia Atlantic Intracoastal

Dear Senator Byrd:

We UMRA have been working with you and our WV & PA congressional delegations since 2000 on requesting Congress to add recreational boating to the US Army Corps of Engineers job jar. With the Corps lacking this congressional mandate, we continue to see recreational boating needs for Corps-controlled navigable waterways fought out on a case-by-case basis.

The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, which serves both commercial and recreational users, badly needs increased federal funding for a myriad of problems.

The Georgia situation is an example of one such need. For details, go to website for Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association ( atlintracoastal.org). On home page, note Georgia situation under Report Waterways Problems. Then, under Menu item News & Information, read resolution re the Georgia situation, which is very bad and needs congressional funds!

We ask that you support the funding needs for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, and especially the needs in Georgia. Further, we again ask that Congress add recreational boating support to the Corps mandates!

Please visit UPPERMON.ORG, especially menu item "lock hours."



Donald C. Strimbeck, Secretary

304-599-7585 (fax 4131)

cc via fax:

Senator Rockefeller: 202-224-6472 & 304-367-0122; FAX 202-224-7665 & 304-367-0822.

Congressman Rahall: 202-225-3452 & 304-522-6425; FAX 202-225-3402 & 304-529-5716.

Congressman Murtha: 202-225-2065 & 814-535-2642; FAX 202-225-5709 & 814-539-6229.

Congressman Mollohan: 202-225-4172 & 304-292-3019; FAX 202-225-7564 & 304-292-3027.

Worth Hager, President, National Waterways Conference Inc., 4650 Washington Blvd., #608, Arlington, VA 22201. 703-243-4090 (FAX 4155). Cell 703-786-0258. Email worth@waterways.org. Website www.waterways.org.

Rosemary Lynch, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association, 703-719-7273, FAX 703-373-2605.

SUGGESTION! Go to http://www.anchorsaweighmagazine.com , check out ASK CAPTAIN GEORGE, and, BOATING LINKS at menu bottom home page, for Boaters are Voters, River Navigation Coalition, and, Pirates of the Allegheny.