Buffalo National River | Photo by Angela Peace
Buffalo National River | Photo by Angela Peace

#8: Buffalo National River, Ark.

Threat: Pollution from Massive Hog Operation

Hog manure is polluting America's first national river

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Algae outbreak on Buffalo National River | Photo by Theresa Turk

Algae outbreak on Buffalo National River | Photo by Teresa Turk

UPDATE: Governor Hutchinson has come to an agreement with the CAFO, and it will be ceasing operations — a true win for Arkansas! A huge thanks to everyone who supported this action!

The Buffalo National River is one of the longest undammed rivers west of the Mississippi and a beautiful destination for more than one million visitors each year. But the river’s clean water, recreation opportunities and fish and wildlife are threatened by a nearby concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) generating waste equivalent to that of 30,000 people. The CAFO owners are refusing to comply with the law and continuing to store waste in manure ponds that are leaking into groundwater. Arkansas Governor Hutchinson must act now to close the facility down and save the Buffalo National River and its clean water for future generations.

American Rivers appreciates the collaboration and efforts of our partners:

  • Ozark River Stewards

 

2019 Most Endangered Rivers Infographic

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