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Southern Exposure 2016 in Birmingham Public Library | 12/02/2016

Southern Environmental Law Center and Black Warrior Riverkeeper donate 2016 Southern Exposure films to Birmingham Public Library   For Immediate Release: December 2, 2016 Contact: Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations, Birmingham Public Library, Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067, E-mail: BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- For the second consecutive year, […]


Public Hearing December 5 on Uniontown Sewage | 12/01/2016

Public Hearing on Uniontown’s Failing Sewage Treatment System For Immediate Release: December 1, 2016 Press Release by Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health & Justice Contact: Ben Eaton, Vice President, Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health & Justice: 334-507-8951 On Monday December 5th at 5 PM, the City of Uniontown, Alabama […]


Protect the Black Warrior Waterdog | 11/23/2016

Take Action: Protect the Black Warrior Waterdog The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed to list the Black Warrior waterdog (Necturus alabamensis), a rare aquatic salamander found only in the Black Warrior River basin in Alabama, as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.  The FWS has […]


Chilling Effect Removed for Coal Challenges | 11/03/2016

Alabama Coalfield Citizens Win with Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s Lawsuit   For Immediate Release: November 3, 2016 Contact: Eva Dillard, Staff Attorney, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: (205) 458-0095, Birmingham, Ala. – Alabama citizens can now challenge decisions by the Alabama Surface Mining Commission without risking financial ruin.  Thanks to the settlement […]


Alabama Toxic Pollutants Petition | 10/25/2016

Groups Petition State Commission to Impose Stricter Limits on Toxic Pollutants in Waters For Immediate Release: October 25, 2016 Contact: David Ludder: (850) 386-5671, Montgomery – Nine environmental groups have petitioned the Alabama Environmental Management Commission to adopt new or revised limits on toxic pollutants in surface waters. These limits […]

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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