An eight-hour celebration and benefit for the Buffalo River Watershed Alliance (BRWA) is scheduled for June 3 at Almost Famous Smokehouse and Grill in Conway.
The event will feature several local musicians volunteering their talents to the cause.
The BRWA will have speakers and information about current developments central to animal waste pollution affecting the Buffalo River, America's first designated national river.
Donations will go to the Buffalo River Watershed, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization.
The BRWA’s mission is to preserve and protect the scenic beauty and pristine water and air quality of the Buffalo National River for future generations.
The current focus of BRWA is the "Save the Buffalo - Again" campaign.
In 2012, an industrialized swine concentrated feeding operations (CAFO) was built on the banks of Big Creek, just five miles upstream from the Buffalo National River.
Government oversight, including lack of public notification, of this swine CAFO’s development was deeply flawed. The now operating CAFO threatens to destroy the fragile ecosystem of the national river. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), which granted the original permit, denied the second permit application.
This is currently under appeal.
The BRWA along with the Arkansas Canoe Club and Ozark Society are intervenors in this appeal, which is slated to be heard Aug. 6 by the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission’s Judge Charles Moulton.
The BRWA will have an information table throughout the event.
The musical line-up includes:
• Billy Jeter 1:30-2:10 p.m.
• Dave Malm 2:20-3 p.m.
• Mark Currey 3:10-3:50 p.m.
• Jeff and Dan Clanton 4-4:40 p.m.
• Harrisong 4:50-5:30 p.m.
• The Rios 5:40-6:20 p.m.
• Saffron 6:30-7:10 p.m.
• Plowdog 7:20-9 p.m.