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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 operations had officially ended 


ADEQ must  now empty and dispose of the contents of the waste ponds by mid-April


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

The public comment period regarding the moratorium ended on January 22, 2020. Comments can be found here. Read BRWA's comments here.  Read expert analysis supporting our comments  here and 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

Picture The Buffalo 2020 Photo Contest

Entries due by January 5th.


The permanent moratorium on issuance of any new permits for swine operations in the Buffalo River watershed is coming up for legislative review, beginning on March 9, 2020. Read what you can do to assure its passage  here. 


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?

Make your gift to the River, 

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

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