Stop factory farms from polluting the first National River
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 sited industrial-scale hog farm, is threatening the health and water quality 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 day-trippers to play, fish and swim. In 2015, 1.46 million people came to experience the river, its soaring stone bluffs and the ethereal "buffalo blue" cast that gives the water its distinctive color.
While the hog farm employs less than a dozen workers, nearly one thousand jobs in the area depend on the steady flow of visitors to the Buffalo National River. Slimy rocks, dead fish and public health warnings posted along the river would do untold damage to the local tourism economy. Now, C&H Hog Farm has applied to the State of Arkansas for a permanent permit to continue this hog operation.
Tell the State of Arkansas to protect the Buffalo River and deny permits for C&H Hog Farms’ poorly sited facility on Big Creek.