Recreational Guide: The Arkansas River

October 8th, 2022 by admin No comments »

Arkansas River GeographyThe Arkansas River headwaters source is near Leadville,Guest Posting Colorado. The river technically ends in the Mississippi, which leads out to the ocean. The river drops 10,000 feet in the first 125 mile stretch. Within this stretch, the River carves through a large canyon now called the Royal Gorge. Because of the rapid drop of elevation, this stretch of river is popular for whitewater rafting and other river recreation. In total, the river drops 11,400 feet and covers a total of 161,000 square miles. The Arkansas River basin drains 24,904 square miles.From Colorado, the Arkansas River then runs through Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, before meeting up with the Mississippi River. In total the river runs 1450 miles, which makes the Arkansas River the longest tributary in the Mississippi-Missouri water system.Carving out many canyons and gorges, perhaps one of the most well known is the Royal Gorge. With a width of 50 feet at its base and a few hundred feet at its top, and a depth of 1200 feet in places, the 10-mile-long canyon is a narrow, steep crevasse through the granite of Fremont Peak.The Arkansas River is now used as a main waterway for commerce, with the system being formerly called the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System or MKARNS. This specific stretch of the river is 445 miles. It takes a commercial towboat 5 days to travel the MKARNs distance. The commercial stretch of the river has multiple dam and lock systems allowing for greater control over the navigation efforts. The Arkansas River is used for waterway commerce, recreational activities (such as whitewater rafting) and wildlife preservation.Arkansas River HistoryThe Arkansas River was first discovered by Europeans before the Mississippi River in 1541.

Roofing and Energy Efficiency Tax Credits Through 2010

March 16th, 2022 by admin No comments »

Though most are not yet aware, in many instances there are federal tax credits available for updating your roofing for energy efficiency. In some cases the tax credit is as much as 30% of the cost up to a total credit of $1,500. This is very good news for homeowners who have also suffered hail damage in recent years. Replacing your roof now to fix those repairs could save you money if you install an energy efficient roof.

In order to qualify for these tax credits the roof must have been installed between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010. Additionally they must be for your primary existing residence which means real estate investors will have to look elsewhere.

These credits are nonrefundable, meaning the credits are available to you only to the extent you have a tax liability. (In laymans terms that means if you don’t owe money your tax credit won’t mean you make money off the installation of an energy efficient roof.) And of course they may also be limited if you are subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).

The roofing energy efficiency credit is applicable for all Energy Star qualified metal and reflective asphalt shingle roofs. It only pertains to the materials so you can’t include the installation or labor costs for this tax credit. It has to be installed on a dwelling unit, and has to have appropriate pigmented coatings or cooling granules which are specifically and primarily designed to reduce the heat gain of such dwelling units.

Roof coatings are not eligible for this particular tax credit. Instead they have to be reflective roofs and are not for everyone. They will provide the most benefit in hot sunny climates like Arkansas or Texas where you are using your air conditioning a lot. If you already have a lot of shade or the roof is not exposed to a lot of warming sun, then a reflective roof may not provide enough of a significant savings to be considered energy efficient. Additionally, the benefits of a reflective roof will be less if your attic space is well insulated.

There is not a simple list available that lists all the roofs that qualify for the tax credit. There are however, many metal and asphalt roofs listed on the Energy Star qualified product list. You can check with the manufacturer and ask them to provide you with a Manufacturer Certification Statement before using a particular roofing material in hopes of claiming the credit. This will ensure your roof qualifies. You must have this Manufacturer’s Certification Statement to qualify and remember to file Tax Form 5696 with your tax return.

In addition to the roofing efficiency upgrades and the correlated tax credit other upgrades can also qualify, as long as you don’t exceed the $1,500 limit. Some of those upgrades include:

Biomass Stoves
HVAC
Insulation
Water Heaters (non-solar)
Windows, Doors and Skylights

Another thing to note is that some products qualify for tax credits at the same rate of 30% of the cost with no upper limit, through 2016. These are good to keep in mind after you ensure your roof’s energy efficiency. These credits are for:

Geothermal Heat Pump
Solar Energy Systems
Wind Energy Systems
Fuel Cells

And yes, just in case you were wondering, there are some tax credits for vehicle efficiency.