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Why Do We Need to Save the Buffalo River, Again?

The "Save the Buffalo - Again" campaign was necessary because, in 2012, 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 development was deeply flawed and threatened to destroy the fragile ecosystem of our nation's first National River. However, in June 2019, 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. Read further for how this saga unfolded.

Big News! 

After over six years of efforts by BRWA and others, we are excited to share that on June 13, 2019 Governor 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 the facility is officially closed. 


A permanent moratorium to provide permanent protection to the Buffalo against any future CAFOs has yet to be finalized.

ADEQ reopened a 90-day comment period  on the proposed permanent moratorium to allow for comments on the BCRET Final Report. Comment period ends Jan. 22, 2020. Read BRWA preliminary comments and please submit yours  here.


Click on the image to listen to "For the Buffalo", written and recorded by Tim Crouch and Charley Sandage on behalf of BRWA and the Buffalo River

In this season of giving thanks

remembering the gifts that we each receive from the the Buffalo River, 

the peace of a quiet float or hike, 

the joy of discovering its waterfalls and wildflowers, 

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?

Make your gift to the River, 

The Buffalo River Watershed Alliance thanks you for supporting our National River

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