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Citizens Advisory Board Opposes Shepherd Bend Mine | 19/08/2014

 Citizens Advisory Board Urges UA to Stop the Shepherd Bend Mine   August 18, 2014 Birmingham, AL – Representing all 99 of the city’s neighborhood associations, Birmingham’s Citizens Advisory Board unanimously passed a Resolution urging The University of Alabama System Trustees (UA) to stop the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine from […]


Team USA Kayaker Donates PSA | 08/08/2014

Team USA Kayaker Bennett Smith Donates Public Service Announcement for Black Warrior Riverkeeper Contact: Tracy Smith,, 205-999-1845 Birmingham, Alabama – Summer is a great time to remind everyone about the importance of keeping our rivers clean. Not only do countless citizens paddle, fish and swim in area waters but […]


New BWRk Newsletter | 21/05/2014

New Black Warrior Riverkeeper Newsletter   Dear Black Warrior Riverkeeper supporters, Please click here to read our new newsletter!  And please forward it to anyone who may be interested in our work. Our members who have recently donated or volunteered receive newsletters in print via U.S. mail.  If you are […]


Save Our Water 2014 | 07/07/2014

SweetWater and BWRk Renew “Save Our Water” Program in Tuscaloosa Brewery’s annual campaign raises thousands for Waterkeepers across the South Tuscaloosa – In over 20 Tuscaloosa businesses between July 4 and Labor Day, SweetWater Brewing Company will raise money and awareness for Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy […]


Help Protect Birmingham’s Drinking Water | 15/05/2014

The proposed Shepherd Bend Mine is a unique threat to tap water for the Birmingham area. It would discharge wastewater across the river from an intake providing water to 200,000 people. Please urge the University of Alabama System not to lease or sell land or minerals for this coal mine.

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Black Warrior Riverkeeper

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. Please visit our pages on Guidestar, Facebook, and Twitter as well.

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.

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