C&H applies to switch from its current Regulation 6 NPDES (Federal) General Permit to a Regulation 5 (State) Individual Permit. Read the Application Packet here. April 4, 2016 Hearing Was Held April 14Notice of Draft Renewal Permit and Public Hearing NPDES General Permit ARG590000 for Eligible Operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) within the State of Arkansas To read document click here.
Read BRWA's comments here. Read all public comments here
Hearing Was Held APRIL 11
Read BRWA's Draft Comments here.
The public comment period for the 2016 draft 303(d) list of impaired streams closed on March 16, 2016. Click here to read ADEQ's public notice. Read BRWA and others' comments here. Read BRWA/Coalition presentation to the Arkansas legislative committee meeting, March 29, 2016 here Final 303(d) Reports are posted here, April 6, 2016. See the "305b Integrated Report" for comprehensive details.
New Journal Article!
Proposals for integrating karst aquifer evaluation methodologies into national environmental legislations. Case study of a concentrated animal feeding operation in Big Creek Basin and Buffalo National River Watershed, Arkansas, USA. By Katarina Kosic, Carol L. Bitting, John Van Brahana, Charles J. Bitting. Sustainable Water Resources Management, December 2015. Vol 1 Issue 4, p363-374.
BRWA responds via attorneys to ADEQ's refusal to investigate our recent complaint about possible contamination at C&H. Sept. 21, 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
HOGS ON THE BUFFALO VIDEO
On PBS Series, This American Land
SAVE THE BUFFALO…AGAIN VIDEO
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 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.
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.
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.