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Kamtek Settlement | 04/12/2023

Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Kamtek Reach Settlement Over Wastewater Violations For Immediate Release: April 12, 2023 Contact: Nelson Brooke, Riverkeeper, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: 205-458-0095, [email protected] Eva Dillard, staff attorney, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: 205-458-0095, [email protected] Birmingham, AL— Today, Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Kamtek, Inc. announced a settlement that will address violations […]


Coalition Sues EPA Over Pollution | 04/11/2023

Coalition Sues EPA Over Unregulated Water Pollution From Oil Refineries, Plastics Plants, and Other Industries 13 Groups Demand That EPA Crack Down on Billions of Gallons of Industrial Wastewater by Updating Effluent Limits, as Required by Clean Water Act FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Tuesday, April 11, 2023 Media contact: Tom […]


Earthbound’s Earthfest 2023 | 04/06/2023

Earthbound’s Earthfest Supports Black Warrior Riverkeeper April 29 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Saturday, April 29, 2023, 2 PM to 8 PM, Earthbound headlines Earthbound’s Earthfest, the rock band’s annual outdoor concert at Avondale Brewery (21 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222). The event benefits Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization protecting Alabama’s […]


World of Water | 03/23/2023

World of Water by Shaheed and DJ Supreme On March 23, 2023, longtime Black Warrior Riverkeeper supporters Shaheed and DJ Supreme announced their new hip hop song and video, “World of Water.” The Birmingham musicians’ video by Richard Giles features two longstanding partners of Black Warrior Riverkeeper, the Southern Environmental […]


AmeriCorps Week 2023 | 03/16/2023

Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s 2023 AmeriCorps Week By Rosey White, AmeriCorps Member, Black Warrior Riverkeeper As we close out AmeriCorps Week, I wanted to reflect on my time as an AmeriCorps Member with Black Warrior Riverkeeper. I started my term in September and since then, I have been focused on expanding […]

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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