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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 […]


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 […]


Southern Exposure in BPL 2022 | 11/09/2022

Southern Exposure Films Donated to all 18 Birmingham Public Library Locations For immediate release: Wednesday, November 9, 2022 Contact: Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations, Birmingham Public Library: office (205) 226-3746, cell (205) 568-0067, [email protected] BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Alabama Rivers Alliance and Black Warrior Riverkeeper have partnered to donate to the […]


Fish Advisories In Spanish | 10/15/2022

Alabama Fish Consumption Advisories Now Available in Spanish Waterkeepers Alabama addresses language barriers in Alabama’s fish consumption advisories to ensure that every family has access to this critical public health information   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 15, 2022 Contact: Charles Scribner, Executive Director, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, [email protected], 205-458-0095 ALABAMA – […]


The Rescue of Lou | 10/04/2022

The Rescue of Lou You never know what you are going to find during a cleanup. Sometimes it’s trash that has been there for decades, sometimes it’s creepy dolls, and sometimes it’s something completely unexpected. A year ago today, we found a dog! Meet Lou! We found Lou on October […]

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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