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Buffalo River Swine Problems

leah kirk

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Drilling tests that began 9/21 for hog manure leakage at C&H Hog Farms near Arkansas’ Buffalo National River concluded 9/28. Last week Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission said that the project appeared to be making good progress stated Environmental Quality Department Director Becky Keogh.

After the sampling is done, Keogh said, it could take six weeks to get the lab-test results. A final report on the project should be completed no later than January. The testing was requested by hog farm opponents after they learned 2015 reports noted high moisture level beneath one manure pond. It is the only federally classified large hog farm in the river's watershed and is permitted to house up to 6,000 piglets and 2,503 sows.

The Buffalo River Watershed Alliance, which opposes C&H's permit, sued the Environmental Quality Department in August. C&H, near Mount Judea in Newton County, sits on Big Creek about 6 miles from where it converges with the Buffalo River. The Buffalo River, the first national river, had 1.46 million visitors last year, the third-highest total since it became a national river in 1972 and the highest since a record count of 1.55 million was set in 2009.

DOWNSTREAM PEOPLE, an online documentary, shows the social, economic, and environmental consequences of a corporately contracted industrial hog farm that was built inside the Buffalo National River watershed in the Ozark Mountains of Newton County, Arkansas. Though this operation poses an enormous risk to the Buffalo National River, DOWNSTREAM PEOPLE sheds light on how it exploits not only the natural resources, but the people of rural Arkansas as well. Check it out at