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ADEM will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 28 at 6 pm regarding the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine, a threat to drinking water for 200,000 people in the greater Birmingham area.  The hearing will be at the Tom Bevill Building Exhibit Hall, Building 1400, Bevill State Community College Sumiton Campus, 101 State Street, Sumiton, AL 35148. Those at the hearing may comment on the draft Clean Water Act permit for water pollution discharges from the mine into the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River.  ADEM will also accept written comments about the mine at the August 28 hearing or by mail before 5 pm on August 29.  Send comments to Russell A. Kelly, Chief | Permits and Services Division | ADEM | P. O. Box 30130-1463 | Montgomery, AL 36110-2059 | rak@adem.state.al.us

SweetWater Brewing Company is renewing its annual "Save Our Water" collaboration with Black Warrior Riverkeeper at over 20 Tuscaloosa restaraunts, bars, and stores throughout July and August.   Paper fish and tshirt sales at these participating businesses will support Black Warrior Riverkeeper's efforts to protect the entire Black Warrior River watershed.

The Birmingham Orvis retail store will celebrate its Grand Opening June 20 - 22, 2014.  Highlighting the weekend are giveaways and a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 Orvis gift card.  Bring the family for a weekend full of events and promotions.  A portion of the proceeds from the Grand Opening Weekend will benefit Black Warrior Riverkeeper.

Iron City Hosts Father's Day Beer Dinner with Trim Tab Brewing Company on June 15 benefits Black Warrior Riverkeeper!  To order tickets and view the menu and more details, click here.

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

Action Alert: There's a stormwater bill in the Alabama Legislature that would restrict local governments' ability to control pollution into nearby waterways.  SB355/HB475 has already passed the Senate, and this week is our last chance to stop it from passing the House of Representatives.  It would greatly weaken protections for local drinking water sources and other waterways where we fish and swim.  Please email or call your Representative to tell them to VOTE NO on SB355/HB475Click here to find your Representative.

Saturday April 19, 2014 from 2pm to sundown, Earthbound will play their annual outdoor rock concert, Earthbound’s Earthfest, at Avondale Brewery (201 41st Street South, Birmingham, AL 35222).  The family friendly event is open to all ages, although guests under 21 must be accompanied by a parent.  Its purpose is to celebrate Earth Day and raise funds for Black Warrior Riverkeeper. Earthbound’s Earthfest will feature fantastic music, art, beer, and food while highlighting how citizens can protect their water from preventable disasters like the Shepherd Bend Mine.

Take Action to protect a major source of drinking water in Alabama!  Urge the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) to stop the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine from polluting the Black Warrior River’s Mulberry Fork, which provides daily drinking water for 200,000 people in the greater Birmingham area. Mail or email comments to ADEM about Shepherd Bend Mine by March 17: Russell A. Kelly, Chief | ADEM Permits and Services Division | PO Box 301463 | Montgomery, Alabama 36130-1463 | RAK@adem.state.al.us

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.

Black Warrior Riverkeeper is proud to support the work that Alabama’s Forever Wild Land Trust has done to secure public lands for outdoor recreation, the ecological integrity of Alabama’s landscape, as well as the flow of outdoor recreation and tourism dollars to local communities.  The last public listening session for Forever Wild's Five Year Plan will be on Thursday, February 27th - 6pm at Jefferson State Community College | Shelby Campus | 4600 Valleydale Rd. | Birmingham, AL 35242. Take Action: 1) Submit comments on how Forever Wild has favorably impacted you and what you would like for the program to accomplish in coming years 2) Attend the public hearing if you can.