Buffalo River Watershed Alliance
Photo by Cheryl Hodges
Photo by Cheryl Hodges
Why Do We Need to Save the Buffalo River, Again?
When the Buffalo National River was established in 1972 after a 10-year campaign to "Save The Buffalo", most assumed the river was permanently protected. In 2013 the "Save the Buffalo - Again" campaign became necessary when an 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 large CAFO was deeply flawed and threatened to destroy the fragile ecosystem of our nation's first National River. However, in June 2019, after six years of strong public opposition Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced a $6.2 million buyout and closure of the facility and requested a permanent ban on any future swine permits in the watershed. Explore our web pages to see how this second battle for the Buffalo unfolded.
After over six years of efforts by BRWA and others, we are excited to share that on June 13, 2019 Governor Asa Hutchinson Announced Closure of C&H and support for a Permanent Moratorium! Read the news here. Read the Settlement Agreement here.
On January 6, 2020 the Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism announced that C&H had completed their closure requirements and operations had officially ended
Now we need to "Save The Buffalo River...Forever!
A permanent moratorium prohibiting any future swine CAFOs in the Buffalo River watershed is needed to provide permanent protection and insure that the C&H debacle is not repeated. In spite of the Governor's support for a moratorium in 2020, the Arkansas legislature refused to approve it. BRWA's current work is focused on securing this protection to "Save The Buffalo...Forever!" Read on to see how you can help.
With the hog CAFO finally closed, BRWA is focusing its attention on other threats to the Buffalo. One of the most concerning is a wide ranging plan by the US Forest Service for a 40,000 acre tract in the headwaters. Read about the Robert's Gap Project.
NEW! BRWA files Robert's Gap lawsuit against US Forest Service
Happy 50th Birthday!
March 1, 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the designation of the Buffalo as the nation's first National River. Read the BNR's press release for some of the upcoming events
Original artwork for sale!
Artist Rachel Henriques has generously donated several works of original art inspired by the BNR watershed. Proceeds will help support BRWA activities. Go here for more information.
How important is the Buffalo River to the regional economy?
In 2020, 1.5 million park visitors spent an estimated $66.3 million in local gateway regions while visiting the Buffalo National River. These expenditures supported a total of 960 jobs, $23.7 million in labor income,, $41.2 million in value added, and $76.1 million in economic output. Read the 2020 Buffalo National River Visitor Spending Impact Report here.
Also, read this research report on the value of ecosystem services attributed to the Buffalo River.
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FOR THE BUFFALO
For the peace of a quiet float or hike,
For the joy of discovering its waterfalls and wildflowers,
For the love for the beauty of its rare wild nature,
will you pause and reflect, pay it forward,
and donate to protect and preserve this ribbon of blue
to ensure it threads its way into the future, alive and well?
The Buffalo River Watershed Alliance thanks you for supporting our National River
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