DOWNSTREAM PEOPLE is a 32-minute documentary by Andy Sarjahani produced in 2016 that explores the social, economic, and environmental consequences of a corporately contracted industrial hog farm that was built inside the Buffalo National River watershed in the Ozark Mountains of Newton County, Arkansas. Though this operation poses an enormous risk to the Buffalo National River, DOWNSTREAM PEOPLE sheds light on how it exploits not only the natural resources, but the people of rural Arkansas as well.
AETN Spot - a television ad BRWA is running on public television throughout 2019.
SAVE THE BUFFALO…AGAIN VIDEO
Updated February, 2017
Short Youtube video of algae problem on the Buffalo, September, 2018
Hogs On The Buffalo, a production of the PBS series, This American Land, released in February, 2015
Hog Lament: A 3-minute YouTube video about the current plight of the Buffalo National River
Discovery Farms "Gentleman's Agreement" 2-minute excerpt. The two-minute video excerpt below is from a presentation at a national Cooperative Extension Service conference in Denver, CO, April, 2013 about the Arkansas Discovery Farm program. A link to the full, 38-minute presentation follows. Dr. Andrew Sharpley, now head of Big Creek Research & Extension (BCRET), discusses a "gentlemen's agreement" with ADEQ to look the other way when violations occur:
The Discovery Farms Model: The Impact of Helping Farmers Take Control of Water Quality Management full 38-minute presentation. The above excerpt begins at 6:45.
John Ikerd Presentation at the Fayetteville Public Library, November 22, 2016 Dr John Ikerd, a retired emeritus professor from the University of Missouri, presented a talk in Fayetteville, AR entitled "Why Bigger is Not Better" about the environmental and health problems associated with industrial agriculture, especially Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).
This is an outstanding video that shows the impacts of hog CAFOs. It is a TEDTalk presented by Dr Steve Wing.
This is a video produced by the Farm Bureau featuring Dr. Andrew Sharpley, head of the Big Creek Research Team which was charged by Gov. Beebe with monitoring the environmental impact of C & H Hog Farm. Some have suggested that this research has moved beyond monitoring to actually facilitating the operation's success.
Keep The Buffalo Clean And Pristine a 10-minute video from March, 2013 narrated by KUAF reporter Jacqueline Froelich providing an early overview of the C&H issue.
ROLLING OUT THE SCIENCE. This is a YouTube video of a public presentation on October 18, 2014 to update the public on the current private research activities related to C&H
Other Videos and Audios
Radio interview on "Ray Tucker's Arkansas Outdoors" 102.7 Little Rock with Gordon Watkins and Jack Stewart, August 8, 2018
“A Man and a River”, 1973, is a short documentary film on Thomas Hart Benton’s love of the Buffalo River, how it factored into his artwork, and his effort to conserve the river and its natural beauty. Arkansas State Archives Facebook page.- Big Stink On The Buffalo written and performed by Joe Golden
- This documentary explains, in two 9 minute segments, how karst formed in the Ozarks and demonstrates why Ozark groundwater is vulnerable to nonpoint source pollution. Famed hydrologist Tom Aley is featured.
This is a video of Dr John Van Brahana's presentation on karst geology to the Ozark Society on September 24, 2013