Buffalo River 

"Arkansas' Gift to the Nation, America's Gift to the World" - Jimmy Driftwood
Advocates to Protect the Buffalo National River Watershed

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

The "Save the Buffalo - Again" campaign is 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 it now threatens to destroy the fragile ecosystem of our nation's first National River.

Time Sensitive: A comment period for the rule making to establish a permanent moratorium on medium and large swine CAFOs in the Buffalo River watershed began with a public hearing on August 23.  Read BRWA's oral comments here. Submit comments   to Reg-Comment@adeq.state.ar.us until 4 pm on Monday, September 23.  

Listen to this great song, "For the Buffalo", written and recorded by Tim Crouch and Charley Sandage on behalf of BRWA and the Buffalo River. Read the lyrics here.

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 a Permanent Moratorium! Read the news here. Read the Settlement Agreement here.

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Read a brief history of the Buffalo on The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture

Read the BRWA 2019 brochure, outside and inside, and rack card with FAQs

Contact us by email buffalowatershed@gmail.com

Recent BRWA Newsletters 2019   Jan/Feb  March  April update April/May  June  Aug/Sept  

Current News

Time Sensitive: A comment period for the rule making to establish a permanent moratorium on medium and large swine CAFOs in the Buffalo River watershed began with a public hearing on August 23.  Read BRWA's oral comments here.


Submit your comments to Reg-Comment@adeq.state.ar.us before 4 pm on Monday, September 23.

Please send a copy to us at buffalowatershed@gmail.com

Governor Announced Closure of C&H and a Permanent Moratorium on June 13, 2019! Read details here.

 Listen to the Governor's speech here (starting at 2:40). Read the Settlement Agreement here.

On August 5, 2019, The Department of Finance and Administration confirmed that funding of the C&H escrow account has been finalized. This established a 180-day deadline for final closure of C&H, by February 8, 2020. 

ADEQ has proposed new draft language for Regulation 6, including a permanent moratorium. Documents can be found here. A public hearing was held on August 23, 2019

"Water and Fire", The Wilson Quarterly, Summer, 2019. Published by The Wilson Center about the Buffalo National River and the C&H controversy.

BRWA press release announcing Notice of Intent to file suit against C&H Hog Farm, Inc for violations of Clean Water Act. June 12, 2019 Read the notice letter here.

Buffalo National River 2018 Economic Impact Report

Buffalo National River contributes $54.9 million to local economy in 2018. June 3, 2019

SB 485  This bill has the potential to facilitate closure of C&H hog facility. SB 485 passed both houses of the legislature and is now officially Act 885 of 2019.

Good News!

SB 550 Sent to "interim study". Essentially dead for this session. This was the bill, which you helped stop with your messages to legislators, would have moved permitting from ADEQ to ANRC. March 27,2019

We have created a new Legal Issues page which attempts to make sense out of the numerous legal challenges underway.

BRWA files an appeal with Arkansas Supreme Court arguing that the Newton County Circuit Court does not have jurisdiction over the C&H permit. Follow the court docket here. On May 30, 2019 the Court agreed to hear our Petition for Certiorari or Prohibition.

ADEQ files an appeal with Arkansas Supreme Court stating that the Newton County Circuit Court lacks jurisdiction over the C&H permit. Follow the docket here February 21, 2019

BIG NEWS! ADEQ issues its final decision to DENY the C&H Regulation 5 permit. Read the Statement of Basis and responses to public comments here. November 19, 2018 

In spite of operating on an expired permit, C&H continues to spread waste.Here is the C&H 2018 Annual Report showing 2,484,582 gallons of waste was spread, with 639,000 gallons applied to Field 7 alone. 585,000 gallons was transferred to EC Farms. 

As expected, C&H filed a motion requesting that the APC&E Commission issue a Stay, delaying ADEQ's closure order above. Along with the Stay Request, C&H also filed a Request for Adjudicatory Hearing to appeal ADEQ's decision. All of the related filings, including BRWA's responses, may be followed at this link for Docket 18-004-P. Dec. 13, 2018 

This little piggy went to market...and everything changed.   Read this excellent article in The Fern by a recovered hog contract grower.  Aug. 1, 2018

ADEQ releases 2018 Draft List of Impaired Waterbodies (303d List). Public comment period ended Sept. 10.  All submitted comments may be found here.  

Tourism to Buffalo National River Creates $71.1 Million in Economic Benefits in 2017. Read more here

Key Documents

Map of impaired sections of Big Creek and BNR overlaid with dye trace results.

A Creeping Catastrophe - What the Science Tells Us.  

A summary report on a January 2018 meeting of science advisors.

Buffalo River is USA-Today's #1 Tourist Attraction in Arkansas. January, 2018

PLEASE SEE the Documents and the Videos pages for more extensive documentation of the C&H controversy.


Mt Judea Station, downstream from C&H

Mt Judea Nitrate Sensor, below C&H

Big Creek at Carver Station, near confluence with Buffalo River

Endangered Rivers

BRWA 2017 Tourism Report

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