Come to Steel Creek canoe launch at 11am on Sunday March 8. Photo Shoot see "Upcoming events" for details.
NEW! HOGS ON THE BUFFALO VIDEO
On PBS Series, This American Land
SAVE THE BUFFALO…AGAIN VIDEO
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.
BRWA OPPOSES HB 1080
, a proposed amendment before the state legislature to shield the University of Arkansas from Freedom Of Information Act requests.
, 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.
and the Videos
pages for more extensive documentation of the C&H controversy.
USGS REAL TIME WATER MONITORING
WHY SAVE THE BUFFALO?
The "Save the Buffalo - Again" campaign is necessary because, in 2012, a 6,500 hog industrial farm has been 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.