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.
Picture The Buffalo 2020 Photo Contest
Contest closed on January 5th, 2021. See the entries and winners here
TAKE ACTION TODAY!
Join BRWA's Rapid Response Network (RRN) in preparation for the Arkansas General Assembly's 2021 Legislative session which began on January 11th. We're monitoring legislative activities and will mobilize the RRN for bills which impact 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
Your gift makes a difference.
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