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AirWave 2017 | 02/24/2017

AirWave Festival Benefits Three Waterkeepers March 25 For Immediate Release: February 24, 2017 Contact: Dan Morriss, Executive Producer, Morriss Entertainment: 205-612-1215, Charles Scribner, Executive Director, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: 205-458-0095, Myra Crawford, Executive Director, Cahaba Riverkeeper: 205-410-7163, Justinn Overton, Executive Director, Coosa Riverkeeper: 205-288-7112, Lauren McCurdy, Director […]


New Riverkeeper Newsletter | 12/23/2015

 New Black Warrior Riverkeeper Newsletter   Click here to read Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s new newsletter!  And please share this link with anyone who might enjoy the newsletter. Our members who have recently donated or volunteered will receive newsletters in print via U.S. mail.  If you are not a member and […]


Alabama Waterkeepers Tell ADEM to Follow New Law | 01/31/2017

Alabama’s Waterkeepers Call on ADEM to Modify 7 Sewage Plant Permits to Comply With New Law   Alabama, January 31, 2017 – Alabama’s eight Waterkeeper Alliance member organizations submitted a letter to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and the Environmental Protection Agency today noting that ADEM recently noticed seven […]


Southern Exposure 2016 in Birmingham Public Library | 12/02/2016

Southern Environmental Law Center and Black Warrior Riverkeeper donate 2016 Southern Exposure films to Birmingham Public Library Update 2/1/2017: Southern Exposure DVDs are now in all Jefferson County library locations!  For press release click here. For Immediate Release: December 2, 2016 Contact: Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations, Birmingham […]


Public Hearing December 5 on Uniontown Sewage | 12/01/2016

Public Hearing on Uniontown’s Failing Sewage Treatment System For Immediate Release: December 1, 2016 Press Release by Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health & Justice Contact: Ben Eaton, Vice President, Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health & Justice: 334-507-8951 On Monday December 5th at 5 PM, the City of Uniontown, Alabama […]

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Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the Black Warrior River and its tributaries. We are a citizen-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving water quality, habitat, recreation, and public health throughout our patrol area, the Black Warrior River watershed. This vital river basin is entirely contained within Alabama, America’s #1 state for freshwater biodiversity. Patrolling waterways, educating the public, and holding polluters accountable has made us an important proponent of clean water throughout the basin. Our staff identifies pollution problems and works on fixing them while increasing public awareness. Black Warrior Riverkeeper is a proud member of Waterkeeper Alliance. Please contact us to report pollution and to inquire about volunteer projects, donations, educational presentations, or public events.

The Black  Warrior River drains parts of 17 Alabama counties. The area the river drains, its watershed, covers 6,276 square miles in Alabama and measures roughly 300 miles from top to bottom. The Black Warrior River watershed is home to over one million residents and contains 16,145.89 miles of mapped streams. Its headwaters consist of the Sipsey, Mulberry, and Locust Forks. Once these rivers merge west of Birmingham, the Black Warrior River proper forms the border of Jefferson and Walker counties. Near Tuscaloosa, the river flows out of the rocky Cumberland Plateau and enters the sandy East Gulf Coastal Plain, forming the border of Greene and Hale counties in the Black Belt. At Demopolis the Black Warrior flows into the Tombigbee River towards Mobile Bay. In 2013 the Black Warrior joined the top 10 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers.

Black Warrior River Basin