Sunday, February 21, 2010

Marble Falls Spill Halted

Officials stopped the Marble Falls spill in early February. Natural processes have flushed the river and it has returned to normal. Visitors to Buffalo National River have no reason for concern.

Earlier this year, there was a lot of coverage in a few news cycles about the sewage spill at Marble Falls. This spill impacted the Buffalo National River downstream from Highway 7 only about 7 miles, after that point, the impact was so diluted it could not be detected.

Upstream areas including the Ozark Campground, Erbie Campground, Ponca Wilderness, Kyles Landing, Steel Creek, Lost Valley, Boxley Valley, Upper Buffalo Wilderness, the Hailstone (the uppermost Buffalo National River) and all of the legendary attractions and spectacular hiking trails were never affected by the spill.

The spill had little impact in terms of the entire downstream Buffalo National River, and the small impact it had is now cleared. The winter flow of the Buffalo has been strong this year and has sped the natural process of flushing out the river.

Thanks to the many public officials who have worked on this problem. They continue now to work on a permanent fix, but the danger of the spill happening again is over.