Last updateMon, 26 Jan 2015 4pm

Hogs are ruining a great Ozark stream

    Most people have seen the grandeur and beauty of the Buffalo River. Much of the year it has way too many people, but there are times during mid-week in the off season when you can float it and think you are seeing it in a time before white men came here, if you can overlook an occasional trash bag on a gravel bar. Perhaps the water in the Buffalo is as clean as any water anywhere in the Ozarks, but you can bet the upper reaches of the river will be polluted significantly in a few years. On mountaintops above the river near Mount Judea, Ark., thousands and thousands of hogs will be raised at one time. Why there instead of Illinois or Ohio? Cheap land!

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