, 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.
PLASMA PYROLYSIS - C&H Hog Farm is proposing to install a high-temp incineration unit to dispose of swine waste. To learn more about BRWA's concerns with this risky, unproven technology visit the Documents Page
and scroll down.
Click here for the HOG LAMENT
3 min You Tube video
And click here to read a follow-up op-ed by BRWA VP, Jack Stewart in the Minneapolis Star Tribune
And read Cargill's response to the op-ed here
USGS REAL TIME WATER MONITORING
The 2 monitoring stations below, one located just below C&H on Big Creek and another at Carver near the confluence of Big Creek and Buffalo River, provide real-time data for flow, nitrate, precipitation, etc
SAVE THE BUFFALO…AGAIN VIDEO
The "Save the Buffalo - Again" campaign is necessary because a 6,500 hog industrial farm has been built on the banks of Big Creek. Planning for this development is deeply flawed and it threatens to destroy the fragile ecosystem of the river just 5 miles away.
Buffalo National River 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 National Park Service review of the documents for the farm 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.