Buffalo River Watershed Management Plan
Recommendations were presented at a meeting in Jasper on Oct 12. The draft plan may be useful to landowners, communities, and organizations interested in improving water quality on the Buffalo River tributaries listed in the plan. Everyone should understand that this report has nothing to do with the CAFO problem on Big Creek.
Letter to ADEQ from BRWA attorney requesting copies of C&H responses to Sept. 19 letter (below) and the opportunity for public comment on any new information provided. Oct 2, 2017.
BRWA submits data to ADEQ in response to its request for outside data for inclusion in its 2018 biennial Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report. See the "Data" section of the KHBNR page. July 31, 2017
Press Release and Review of Arkansas Water Quality from 2008 to 2016 by White River Waterkeeper, Jessie Green, refuting Gov. Hutchinson's press release that 76% of Arkansas streams had improved since 2008. July 23, 2017
EPA Letter approving ADEQ's 303(d) list for the periods 2008-2016. July 19, 2017 In spite of data showing elevated E. coli and low dissolved oxygen levels in Big Creek, and concerns expressed by NPS, USGS and many private citizens, EPA approved ADEQ's determination that Big Creek was not impaired because there was insufficient data.
Waterkeepers et al vs EPA, Ruling by the US Court of Appeals, April 11, 2017. This important ruling vacates the EPA Final Rule which exempts farms from reporting emissions and now requires CAFOs to notify authorities when large quantities of hazardous materials (such as ammonia or hydrogen sulfide) are released into the environment.
Report Released: Permitted Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Assessment Buffalo National River, Arkansas, David N. Mott November 2016 Released March 15, 2017.