Long-Term Health Of The Buffalo River

Buffalo River

With a rise in reports of algae growth on the Buffalo River, U.S. Reps. French Hill, R-Little Rock, and Steve Womack, R-Rogers, have asked the National Park Service (NPS) for information on the “long-term health” of the river.

The letter to National Park Service Acting Director Daniel Smith comes a week ahead of a hearing by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) on the denial of renewing a permit for the operation of a large hog farm in the Buffalo River watershed.

The ADEQ will on Oct. 9 hold another hearing on the C&H Hog Farm permit. In January, ADEQ Director Becky Keogh denied an environmental permit for the farm. If not overturned by the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission, the denial effectively shuts down the hog operation. The 13-person APC&E commission, which includes six members from six state agencies and seven appointed by the governor, serves as the environmental policy-making body for the state.   MORE

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