I’m blessed to have lived near the Buffalo River and have always kept an observant eye over my lifetime of enjoying this beautiful national gem,” says Duane Hada, owner of Rivertown Gallery in Mountain Home, Arkansas. “I have concerns that the water quality is changing at an increasing rate. The algae blooms are much more frequent and widespread. The beautiful gravel beds and clear shoals are becoming layered in slime moss and decaying algae.”
The Buffalo River is under assault by agribusiness, and the state of Arkansas is standing back twitting their finger. The effluent from hog farm is destroying this beautiful, natural flow and canoe/kayak destination
“I've noticed even the turtle's shells are covered in fuzz,” says Hada. “I rarely see live mussels in the streambed, hellgrammites and even crawfish are becoming rare in some stretches. I don't see the abundant aquatic life clinging to rocks as I once did, only clumps of decaying algae and sludge and slime moss. I consider the smallmouth bass to be an indicator symbol of wild free flowing Ozark streams. These fish are indigenous to the Buffalo River. They require clean, healthy water and clear gravel to spawn on.
“The problems I see happening on the Buffalo River have taken a toll on several famous smallmouth rivers of the Northeast” continues Hada. “We must get a handle on controlling the amounts of pollutants into the Buffalo or we will be next on the list of streams that have fallen into the "once was" category - It's far too special to take anything but immediate action to keep this river in the best shape we can!”
The 303d Impaired Waterbody List - 2018 - Public Comment Period Ends. Email your comments to Waterbodycomments@adeq.ar.state.us. Once the comment period ends on Monday, September 10, 2018, ADEQ will compile all comments, create a responsive summary, make appropriate revisions, and then deliver a finalized 305(b) report to EPA.
For more information on the process visit http://friendsoftherivers.org/events/view/190/public-hearing-on-impaired-waterbody-303d-2018-list-
The Draft 303(d) list and associated documents can be found here: https://www.adeq.state.ar.us/water/planning/integrated/303d/list.aspx
A clean version and a red-line version of the Final Assessment Methodology can be found here:https://www.adeq.state.ar.us/water/planning/integrated/assessment/