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Press Statement on Northern Beltline Groundbreaking | 21/04/2014

Press Statement on Northern Beltline Groundbreaking: As Construction Begins, Questions and Doubts Persist about $5.4-Billion Project


Top Scientists Oppose Coal Mines Near Drinking Water Source | 28/02/2014

Black Warrior Riverkeeper has filed public comments in an appeal of the Alabama Surface Mining Commission’s denial of our petition to designate areas near the Birmingham Water Works Board’s Mulberry Fork drinking water intake as lands unsuitable for surface coal mining.  Our effort to ensure clean, safe, drinkable and affordable drinking water for the Birmingham area recently gained major allies, as three nationally recognized experts on this topic submitted a joint letter in support of our appeal.


Help Protect Birmingham's Drinking Water | 27/07/2010

The proposed Shepherd Bend Mine is a major threat to the river and Birmingham's drinking water.  Please urge the University of Alabama System Trustees not to lease or sell land or minerals to Drummond for coal mining across the river from an intake facility serving water to 200,000 citizens.  Click here for more information updated 4/17/2014


Short Introduction

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.

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.

Please contact us to report pollution (we investigate citizen tips) and to inquire about volunteer projects, donations, educational presentations, or public events.

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