DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT RELEASED
Comment period: August 6- Sept 4
PRESS RELEASE: Arkansas Groups Find
Draft Environmental Assessment of Industrial Hog Facility in Buffalo River
Watershed Significantly Flawed
Buffalo River Coalition Comments On Draft EA, with exhibits, submitted by Earthjustice, Sept. 4, 2015
(Note: This is a 382-page document. Separate links for comments and exhibits may be found on the Documents page under the FSA Documents section.)
Tom Aley, Ozark Underground Laboratory testimony on Draft EA
August 27, 2015
Survey of Threatened and Endangered Bat Species On Big Creek August 19, 2015.
BRWA Files Complaint With ADEQ regarding BCRET data showing potential pond leakage.
Aug. 12, 2015 Read here
ADEQ responds here, August 21,2015 denying further investigation
NEW! HOGS ON THE BUFFALO VIDEO
On PBS Series, This American Land
SAVE THE BUFFALO…AGAIN VIDEO
Electrical Resistivity Imaging (ERI) Preliminary ERI Surveys of Mt Judea Alluvial Sites. This report of work done in Dec. 2014 by Oklahoma State University on behalf of BCRET reveals karst features beneath 2 fields being studied. Of note: "The bedrock at each site contained potential pathways for groundwater flow. One difference between the sites that may be useful for application evaluation is the possibility of hog manure electrical signatures present on Field 12." June 29, 2015: Proposed Amended Rule Change to Regulation 6 to establish a ban on future swine CAFOs within the Buffalo River watershed. This amended version includes a 5-year sunset clause allowing the ban to be extended or cancelled, at the discretion of the ADEQ Director. Similar language is included in a Regulation 5 proposed change. These changes are scheduled for a hearing by the Public Health Committee of the state legislature on July 6. Tentative agenda here. June 15, 2015: Earthjustice Letter To ADEQ expressing concern over a request to permit C&H waste to be spread on the old C&C Hog Farm, part of which is in the Little Buffalo River watershed. Also requesting that C&H permit be reopened in its entirety for public comment. May 24, 2015: YouTube video of memorial tribute to John Paul Hammerschmidt on the banks of the Buffalo May 7, 2015: C & H requests yet another major permit modification to install a cover, gas flare and liners on their waste storage ponds. Read the request here. Gov. Hutchinson supports moratorium extension and rule making with sunset clause: Press Release 4/22/15
Buffalo National River Water Quality Data This site provides information on multiple water quality parameters collected at numerous sites on the Buffalo from 1985 to present. See the Water Quality Database 2005 - 2015 for most recent data, including E. coli and Dissolved Oxygen.
Dissolved Oxygen levels at mouth of Big Creek, late Summer, 2014. This graph shows that during a 21 day period the D.O. dropped to or below 5 mg/l on 19 nights. The stream was at a critical level for 23.76% of the time during that period.
COURT ORDER, filed 12/2/2014. U.S. District Court Judge D.P. Marshall's written opinion and order for injunctive relief. The Court finds that FSA and SBA violated provisions of the National Environmental Policies Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and that they "arbitrarily and capriciously guaranteed the loans" to C&H Hog Farms.The court requires the agencies to re-do their "cursory and flawed" Environmental Assessment of C&H within one year. Read this document for a clear overview and explanation of the issue.
PLEASE SEE the Documents and the Videos pages for more extensive documentation of the C&H controversy.th
USGS REAL TIME WATER MONITORING
WHY SAVE THE BUFFALO?
The "Save the Buffalo - Again" campaign is necessary because, in 2012, a 6,500 industrial scale hog facility was built on the banks of Big Creek, just 5 miles upstream from the Buffalo National River. Government oversight of this development was deeply flawed and it now threatens to destroy the fragile ecosystem of our nation's first National River.
Buffalo National River staff was not consulted prior to Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality(ADEQ) issuing a permit for this confined animal feeding operation(CAFO), in violation of federal regulations. A subsequent National Park Service review of the documents for the permit revealed 45 significant violations.
If we have learned anything, we now know we must be vigilant and not presume everyone treasures this place as we do.
We must act to defeat this CAFO, and seek policies that will build a wall around the Buffalo River Watershed. If we lose this, we lose a part of ourselves.
John Muir defined the meaning of natural treasures like the Buffalo National River best long ago:
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." John Muir
We need your help. Join us in this campaign to "Save the Buffalo - Again", and help secure the future of our national treasure. With a shared vision and hard work, we will prevail.