Hog Manure is Polluting America's First National River

Buffalo National River | Photo by Angela Peace

Millions of gallons of hog waste are being spread over fields on Big Creek, a major tributary to the Buffalo National River in Northern Arkansas. The waste, generated by a poorly designed and ill-sited industrial-scale confined animal feeding operation (CAFO), now threatens the health and safety of the Buffalo National River.

In 1972, the Buffalo was designated as America's first National River, to be protected and preserved for all Americans as a national park. The crown jewel of the Natural State, the Buffalo is a popular destination for paddlers year-round, and summer weather lures campers and hikers from all over the country to explore, fish and swim. While the C&H hog operation employs less than a dozen workers, more than 900 jobs in the area depend on the steady flow of visitors (1.47 million in 2017) to the Buffalo National River. In 2018, 70 miles of the river were overwhelmed by algal blooms, high E. coli bacterial counts and low dissolved oxygen levels that diminished the beauty and enjoyment of the river for visitors and wildlife.

Following revelations of a long list of deficiencies, the state agency charged with protecting the environment denied C&H Hog Farm a new permit and ordered it to close. Now legal appeals have stalled further action and the facility continues to operate, generating seven thousand gallons of waste every single day.

Please join us in asking the Governor of Arkansas to take a stand! Tell him to force the CAFO's closure before the Buffalo National River is lost to a generation of Americans.



State of Arkansas
State of Arkansas
Pollution Control
Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission