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Thank You 2023 Volunteers | 02/27/2024

Thank You 2023 Volunteers 667 volunteers donated 3,329 service hours through Black Warrior Riverkeeper in 2023! According to The Independent Sector, the most recent estimated national dollar value of volunteer time is $31.80 per hour. Multiplied by $31.80, our volunteers’ 3,329 hours in 2023 represented a contribution of $105,862.20 to […]


Support the SHOR Act | 02/07/2024

Support the Safe and Healthy Recreation Act (HB14 / SB45) Conservation groups across Alabama are working together to ensure anglers are better informed about fish consumption advisories in our rivers, streams, creeks, and bays by supporting HB14 / SB45, the Safe and Healthy Outdoor Recreation Act (the SHOR Act), introduced […]


Stop Tuscaloosa’s Sewage Spills | 01/19/2024

Take Action: Stop Tuscaloosa’s Chronic Sewage Spills Black Warrior Riverkeeper and the Friends of Hurricane Creek have started a petition on Action Network telling Mayor Walt Maddox and the City Council of Tuscaloosa to Stop Tuscaloosa’s chronic sewage spills. The city of Tuscaloosa’s sewage system chronically overflows harmful sewage and […]


MLK Day of Service 2024 | 01/19/2024

Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s MLK Day of Service 2024 By Mary Allen Murray, AmeriCorps Member, Black Warrior Riverkeeper “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a […]


How to Help Us Protect Your Water | 12/21/2023

Dear Black Warrior Riverkeeper supporters, During this time of year when many organizations are asking for contributions, we are grateful to anyone who assists Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s continued success by choosing to make a donation. Still, we understand that many folks want to promote clean water but are not in […]

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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