Buffalo River 
Watershed
Alliance

"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.

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Mail: BRWA, P.O. Box 101, Jasper, AR 72641


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

Read the BRWA brochure

Contact us by email buffaloriveralliance.org


Recent BRWA Newsletters 2019   Jan/Feb  March  April update

Current News

 In the legislature this week -bill impacting Buffalo River

SB 485  This bill has the potential to assist with a public/private buyout of C&H hog facility. We are watching the bill closely and urge our supporters to weigh in.  To find contact information for your representatives click here.

Update: SB 485 has passed both houses of the legislature.


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, that 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. February 22, 2019


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


URGENT! Tell EPA to OPPOSE THE "DIRTY WATER RULE" which waters down Clean Water Act protections of Waters Of The U.S (WOTUS), including the Buffalo National River. Use this sample letter for guidance (open from your Downloads folder) and submit to the included email address by April 15.


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.


 USGS REAL TIME WATER MONITORING

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





Upcoming events

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