MARSHALL – The Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee, in cooperation with the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, has contracted with FTN Associates Ltd. to develop a Buffalo River Watershed Management Plan as part of the Beautiful Buffalo Collaborative formed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
All stakeholders are encouraged to attend all meetings conducted by FTN. The first meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 8, at the Searcy County Civic Center gym in Marshall. The meeting is expected to run approximately two hours.
The Center is located on Zack Road, a little more than a mile off U.S. Hwy 65. Attendees should turn north on Zack Road off Hwy 65, next to Harps Supermarket, and then drive a half mile and follow Zack Road as it turns left (west). Drive three-fourths of a mile, and the Civic Center is on the left.
Gov. Hutchinson organized the BBRAC to establish an Arkansas-led approach to identify and address potential issues of concern in the Buffalo River watershed through the development of a non-regulatory watershed-based management plan. The process, starting in December, should be complete by June 2018. The result of the plan will provide a framework for landowners, communities and organizations to voluntarily undertake water quality projects in the watershed and improve the ability to solicit and secure funding and assistance from various government and private sources.
The purpose of the meeting will be to gather public input and explain the process that will be followed in the development of a non-regulatory watershed-based management plan for the Buffalo River and its tributaries. Over the course of the next 16 to18 months, ANRC will develop a voluntary watershed-based management plan to help sustain the watershed and its resources. There will be several additional public meetings during the development of the Buffalo River Watershed-Based Management Plan. The first meeting of the Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee is anticipated to occur in late January 2016.