Protect Buffalo National River

Target: Governor of Arkansas, Mike Beebe

Goal: Preserve and maintain important tributaries of Buffalo National River

Located within northern Arkansas, Buffalo River holds the honored distinction of being the first National River to be designated as such in the United States. The river meanders through several counties as it flows down from the highest part of the Boston Mountains of the Ozark range and out onto the Springfield Plateau. At just over 150 miles long, the bulk of the river (roughly 135 miles) is managed and protected by the National Park Service. What is not currently protected, however, are the vast array of tributaries such as creeks and streams which flow directly into the river.

These tributaries are severely threatening the health of Buffalo River as pollution from local pig farms flows into these tributary streams and creeks. The runoff from pig farms can present a massive volume of nitrate pollution which is harmful to both local wildlife and indigenous aquatic plant life.

This is not the only threat, however. Given the volume of antibiotics that are used in livestock farming as a means of speeding livestock growth, the pollution carried by runoff also carries with it highly resistant bacteria strains that are harmful to both local human and animal populations. This is all in addition to hydrogen sulfide emissions which can, in mild doses, cause flu-like symptoms, but at high concentrations can result in brain damage.

These pollutants have no place flowing into any protected body of water. However, the ecological preservation of the site is of added importance due to the historic value Buffalo River holds as the first National River in the United States. With these things in mind, it is vital that not only the river itself, but all associated tributaries are protected so that this river may remain healthy for generations to come.

Sign this petition and ask the governor of Arkansas to take action.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Beebe,

The Buffalo River within Northern Arkansas was the first National River designated in the United States, flowing from the highest part of the Boston Mountains out onto the Springfield Plateau. While the National Park Service manages most of the river, tributaries flowing into the river need protection as well.

These unprotected tributaries can severely threaten the health of Buffalo River and its ecosystem as pollution from local pig farms can flow directly into these tributaries. The runoff from these farms can present a massive volume of nitrate pollution that is harmful to local wildlife as well as aquatic plant life, and antibiotics used in livestock farming can carry highly resistant bacteria strains that are harmful to both local human and animal populations. This is all in addition to hydrogen sulfide emissions that can, in mild doses, cause flu-like symptoms, but at high concentrations may result in brain damage.

This array of pollutants should never be allowed near any protected body of water. The ecological preservation of the site is of added importance however due to the historic value Buffalo River holds as the first National River in the United States. This historical value makes it vital that not only the river itself, but all associated tributaries are protected so that this river may remain healthy for generations to come.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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