‘Beautiful Buffalo’ committee will help assure watershed resources
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has tasked five state agencies to review water quality issues within the watershed of the Buffalo National River to make sure Arkansas has the means to preserve and protect it.
While the U.S. Department of Interior governs the free-flowing waterway, the “Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee” will examine activity beyond the National Park Service boundaries. As a major tourist attraction, the Buffalo attracts thousands of visitors annually.
The committee includes agency heads covering tourism, environmental quality, natural resources, health and agriculture.
Hutchinson wants the panel to use a science-based approach to improve or maintain water quality, and include data from a recent study looking at the impact of a hog-feeding operation near Mount Judea, an unincorporated community in Newton County southeast of Jasper.