KARST HYDROGEOLOGY OF THE BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER
Sponsored by the Patagonia Foundation and BRWA
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KHBNR is an independent research project which assesses and documents the water quality of surface and groundwater as it flows across and through karst substrata to the Buffalo National River.
In early 2016, the Patagonia Foundation awarded a grant to the Buffalo River Watershed Alliance (BRWA) to help fund the KHBNR project. Funding was renewed for 2017.
KHBNR was initially designed and directed by eminent karst hydrogeologist Dr. Van Brahana, Ph.D., P.G., University of Arkansas Karst Hydrogeology Professor Emeritus; Research Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Retired In 2017, Teresa Turk, M. A., M.S. assumed position of principal investigator.
In response to a request from ADEQ for outside data to consider for its 2018 biennial Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report, the following was submitted by BRWA and others on July 31, 2017.
KHBNR Data (in Excel format)
Sampling Protocols (QA/QC)
The following data was analyzed by Dr Joe Nix, Ouachita Baptist University during 2016.
For more information and photos of karst features in the Buffalo National River watershed, see also:
KHBNR MEDIA COVERAGE
KUAF Interview with Dr Brahana, April 12, 2016
BUFFALO RIVER STUDY FINDINGS TO BE SHARED, FAYETTEVILLE FREE WEEKLY, APRIL 14, 2016
News clipping of presentation in Pine Bluff, AR, June 15, 2017
Grant Report submitted September 18, 2016
Index of media coverage of the KHBNR project as reported to the Patagonia Foundation, September 18, 2016. Note: Web links must be cut & pasted into your browser.
Please check this page regularly. Updates will be made as this project progresses.
(Powerpoints must be opened from your Downloads folder)
Does Water Flow Uphill? Powerpoint by Dr Brahana (open from your Downloads folder)
Profits & Porkchops or Pollution? Powerpoint presentation by Dr Brahana and Mike Masterson
What Lies Beneath Powerpoint presentation by Dr Brahana
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
Summary of all peer-reviewed articles listed below
Karst Water Environment, Advances in Research, Management and Policy, 2018. See starting on page 91 for research done on the Buffalo National River.
Using Fluorescent Dyes to Indentify Meaningful Water Quality Sampling Locations and Enhance Understanding of Groundwater Flow Near a Hog CAFO on Mantled Karst. By Van Brahana, Carol Bitting, Katerina Kosic-Ficco, Teresa Turk, John Murdoch, Brian Thompson, and Ray Quick. US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Proceedings, San Antonio, Texas, 2016
Characterization of the karst hydrogeology of the Boone Formation in Big Creek Valley near Mt. Judea, Arkansas— documenting the close relation of groundwater and surface water. John Murdoch, Carol Bitting, John Van Brahana, Environmental Earth Science, August, 2016
Geochemical Processes and Controls Affecting Water Quality of the Karst Area of Big Creek near Mt. Judea, Arkansas
V. Brahana1, J. Nix, C. Kuyper, T. Turk, F. Usrey, S. Hodges, C. Bitting, K. Ficco, E. Pollock, R. Quick, B. Thompson, J. Murdoch Journal of Arkansas Academy of Science, 2016
Results from E. coli and dye tracing investigations from selected tributaries of Big Creek, Newton Co. Arkansas
Brahana, Van, Bitting, Carol, Kosic-Ficco, Katarina, Turk, Teresa, Murdoch, John, Thompson, Brian, and Quick, Ray, 2017,
Proceedings of the USGS Karst Interest Group, which includes Dr Brahana's dye trace study posted at top: U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Proceedings, San Antonio, Texas, May 19-23, 2017, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017-5023, p. 147-160. 2017