Buffalo River 
Watershed
Alliance

Four Sample Letters


Sample 1


Governor Asa Hutchinson

State Capitol Room 250

500 Woodlane Ave.

Little Rock, AR.  72201

 

Date

 

Dear Honorable Governor Asa Hutchinson:

I am worried that Arkansas is not doing enough to protect the Buffalo River. The factory farm which confines some 6,500 hogs should never have been permitted in the Buffalo River watershed. 

It is my understanding that the river and its tributaries are showing signs of impairment due to increased algae, and compromised dissolved oxygen levels. While I realize that there can be other contributors of impairment, allowing these industrialized swine factory farms near the Buffalo only worsens any other problems the river might face.

 

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Sample 2


Governor Asa Hutchinson

State Capitol Room 250

500 Woodland Ave.

Little Rock, AR.  72201

 

 

 

 

Dear Governor,

There are many issues surrounding the ill placed swine CAFO in the Buffalo River watershed. That our state has spent so much money on this one swine entity points to the conclusion that swine CAFOs have no place in the sensitive karst terrain of the Buffalo National River

  • ·      Implement a permanent moratorium for any new medium and large hog CAFOs in the Buffalo River Watershed
  • ·      As requested by the National Park Service to the ADEQ, list 3 streams (Bear Creek, Mill Creek and Big Creek) on the 303(d) list of impaired streams.
  • ·      Do not allow renewal C&H’s hog factory farm Reg. 6 or Reg.  5 permits. This hog operation should never have been permitted by ADEQ.  
  • ·      While the Buffalo River Collaboration that you announced has promise, please be sure you make the possibilities substantive by doing the above.
  • ·      Do the right thing and SAVE THE BUFFALO now before it is too late.

Let your legacy be one that saves and furthers the natural state’s  tourism, not one that allows this vital resource to be destroyed.

 

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Sample 3

Governor Asa Hutchinson

State Capitol Room 250

500 Woodlane Ave.

Little Rock, AR.  72201

 

January 2017

 

Dear Governor,

I sincerely believe you would like to protect the Buffalo National River which is the center point of our tourism trade in Arkansas. I request that you do the following because I believe they are reasonable and doable actions.

New evidence by the United States Geological Survey show that the dissolved oxygen necessary for aquatic life is impaired on Big Creek, a major tributary of the Buffalo. This corroborates evidence submitted by the National Park Service last year that Big Creek is an impaired stream.

 

Therefore please act to

  • ·     NOT allow renewal C&H’s hog factory farm Reg. 6 or Reg. 5 permits. This hog operation should never have been permitted by ADEQ. 
  • ·     Implement a permanent moratorium on any future medium and large hog factory farms in the Buffalo River watershed and a moratorium on the spreading of swine waste from such entities in the watershed.


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Sample 4


Governor Asa Hutchinson

State Capitol Room 250

500 Woodland Ave.

Little Rock, AR.  72201


Governor Hutchinson,

  You have the opportunity to serve your state as few governors have had before. You have a legacy to leave behind for generations to come. The Governor of our State has the ability to stop the ruin of our own Buffalo National River. It's not beyond your powers to do so. You need to step up, explain to the people of Arkansas that a CAFO in the Buffalo watershed is not traditional family farming. Explain that this is outside corporate "taking" of our State's assets, devastating rural farm and vacation destination communities, further lowering the pristine waters of the State, and that was a bad decision for the State to allow this factory near the river in the first place. Governor  Beebe has admitted it was the greatest mistake during his years as a governor, and he regrets it. You can leave a better legacy by being the Governor who stood up to corporate farming on the Buffalo to protect the crown jewel of Arkansas. You can do this and you need to.  Do not let this permit with less stringent guidelines be approved. Stand up for the people and the better good of our State.

·      Implement a permanent moratorium for any new medium and large hog CAFOs in the Buffalo River Watershed

·      As requested by the National Park Service add to the ADEQ, list 3 streams (Bear Creek, Mill Creek and Big Creek) on the 303(d) list of impaired streams.

·      Do not allow renewal C&H’s hog factory farm Reg. 6 or Reg.  5 permits. This hog operation should never have been permitted by ADEQ. 

·      While the Buffalo River Collaboration that you announced has promise, please be sure you make the possibilities substantive by doing the above.

·      Do the right thing and SAVE THE BUFFALO now before it is too late.

Let your legacy be one that saves and furthers the natural state’s  tourism, not one that allows this vital resource to be destroyed.

I would appreciate a response to my concerns.

Sincerely,

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My address: ______________________________________

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