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Great News for the Black Warrior Waterdog | 10/05/2016

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Endangered Status & Critical Habitat for Alabama’s Black Warrior Waterdog   News Release by U.S. Fish and Wildife Service: October 5, 2016 Contacts: Denise Rowell, 251-441-6630, Tom MacKenzie, 404-679-7291, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to protect the Black Warrior waterdog […]


Maxine Mine Lawsuit | 09/01/2016

Groups Sue Drummond over Abandoned Mine’s Pollution of the Locust Fork For Immediate Release: September 1, 2016 Contact: Barry Brock, Southern Environmental Law Center, 205-745-3060, Eva Dillard, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, 205-458-0095, Richard Webster, Public Justice, 202-630-5708, Birmingham, AL— Conservation groups have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. […]


Sewage Pollution in Uniontown | 08/23/2016

Take Action to End Sewage Pollution in Uniontown Take a minute to support healthy communities and clean streams.  Join our partner group Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health & Justice in asking the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) to demand a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant for Uniontown, Alabama.  For […]


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 […]


Save the Black Warrior 2016 | 07/07/2016

SweetWater Helps “Save the Black Warrior” in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa For Immediate Release: July 8, 2016 BIRMINGHAM / TUSCALOOSA – SweetWater Brewing Company’s annual “Save Our Water” program returns to Birmingham and Tuscaloosa in July and August to support Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization.  Sales 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 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