The Buffalo River Watershed Alliance is an all-volunteer, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization which was created in early 2013 in direct response to the discovery that C & H Hog Farm, the first and largest hog CAFO of its kind in Arkansas, had been approved and was near completion at its location on Big Creek, a major Buffalo National River tributary.
The Alliance was organized by stakeholders living in the Buffalo River watershed but its supporters span the state and region. We operate without a paid staff and depend entirely on countless volunteer hours provided by our board members and many supporters.
The Buffalo River Watershed Alliance was created to help preserve and protect the scenic beauty and pristine water quality of the Buffalo National River by opposing and preventing the construction and operation of industrial confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) within the Buffalo River watershed.
The mission of the Buffalo River Watershed Alliance is to preserve and protect the scenic beauty and pristine water and air quality of the Buffalo National River for future generations through public outreach and education, advocacy, and direct actions.
Our goals are to educate and advocate for protection of the Buffalo River and its associated watershed by
1) working for the closure of C & H Hog Farm, and
2) supporting a moratorium on any future hog CAFOs within the Buffalo River watershed.
The Alliance has created this web site to serve as a document repository and communication tool for its supporters and the general public.
BRWA is governed by a volunteer 6-member board of directors:
Gordon Watkins, President
Jack Stewart, Vice-President
Marti Olesen, Secretary