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MLK Day of Service 2023 | 01/19/2023

Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s 2023 MLK Day of Service By Rosey White, AmeriCorps Member, Black Warrior Riverkeeper “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need […]

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Thank You 2022 Volunteers | 12/28/2022

Thank You 2022 Volunteers From the bottom of our hearts, thank you, volunteers! 2022 has been a record-breaking year for our trash cleanups: 37 Cleanups 280 Cleanup Volunteers 29,592 Pounds of Litter Removed To sign up for our new monthly volunteer newsletter, please visit: blackwarriorriver.org/volunteer-newsletters/ To make a donation in recognition […]

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Southern Exposure in JCLC 2022 | 12/08/2022

New Southern Exposure DVDs donated to all 40 Jefferson County Library locations For Immediate Release: December 8, 2022 Contact: Tobin Cataldo, executive director, Jefferson County Library Cooperative: [email protected], (205) 226-3615 Cindy Lowry, executive director, Alabama Rivers Alliance: [email protected], (205) 322-6395 Charles Scribner, executive director, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: [email protected], (205) 458-0095 […]

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2022 Report and Call to Action | 11/22/2022

Dear Black Warrior Riverkeeper supporters, As we look forward to more clean water advocacy in 2023, it is helpful to reflect on our movement’s past. We recently finished celebrating two milestones: the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act and the 20th Anniversary of Black Warrior Riverkeeper. While we are […]

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Veterans Day 2022 | 11/11/2022

Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s Tribute to Veterans Day By Rosey White, AmeriCorps Member, Black Warrior Riverkeeper In partnership with AmeriCorps, Black Warrior Riverkeeper is honoring veterans on Veterans Day by exploring the historical connection between veterans and Waterkeeper Alliance; speaking with the Alabama Veterans Memorial Foundation; and providing a list of […]

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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 promoting clean water for the sake of public health, recreation, and wildlife habitat throughout our patrol area, the Black Warrior River watershed. This vital river basin is entirely contained within Alabama, America’s leading 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 and addresses pollution problems while increasing public awareness. We are 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 1 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.

Black Warrior River Basin