Beautiful Buffalo River Initiative(BBRI), Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee (BBRAC) and Buffalo River Conservation Committee (BRCC)
As a result of continuing public concerns about the threat to the Buffalo National River posed by C&H Hog Farms, on September 30, 2016 Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the creation of the Beautiful Buffalo River Initiative and the Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee, comprised of heads of 5 state agencies, to explore ways to provide better protection to the river. Governor Hutchinson said he had "received more letters and calls about the Buffalo than any other issue since taking office". One component of the BBRI is the Watershed Management Plan. In 2019 these committees morphed into the Buffalo River Conservation Committee now directed by the Department of Agriculture.
BRCC Report, June 2020 announcing several funding proposals for unpaved roads and sewer plant improvements.
ADEQ BBRI Web Page, created October 26, 2016
Governor Asa Hutchinson announces Buffalo River Action Committee Youtube video 9/30/2016
Governor's Directive for Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee, Sept 30, 2016
BBRI Final Charter with revised Mission Statement, adopted May 16, 2017
ADEQ First Draft EPA FY 2016 Grant Workplan, to provide funding for BBRI, June 16, 2016
ADEQ Draft EPA FY 2016 Grant Workplan to implement Scope Of Work Oct. 18, 2016
Revised Budget for EPA Grant
On September 23, 2019, Governor Hutchinson announced the Buffalo River Conservation Committee with $2 million in public and private funding for implementing conservation projects in the watershed.
Buffalo River Watershed Management Plan
The development of the Bufalo River watershed management plan (WMP) was the first initiative undertaken by BBRAC and was carried out by Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC)
The WMP is a significant document which characterizes the current state of the BNR and prioritizes sub-watershed for further attention. It qualifies Arkansas for EPA funding to address those issues.
Arkansaswater.org ANRC website
Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee (BBRAC) schedules first meeting, December 8, 2016, to develop a Buffalo River Watershed Management Plan. Read the Press Release here. November 8, 2016.
Final Draft of WMP, December 15, 2017 (600+ pages)