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BBRI/BBRAC/BRCC

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 Draft Charter before revision 

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.

Summary of December 8, 2016 WMP meeting

Summary of June 8, 2017 WMP meeting

Summary of Oct 12, 2017 (Final) WMP Meeting

Final Draft of WMP, December 15, 2017 (600+ pages) 

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