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The Southern Environmental Law Center today filed a new federal lawsuit on behalf of Black Warrior Riverkeeper, challenging a permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Northern Beltline’s first phase of construction. The lawsuit addresses the Corps of Engineers’ failure to follow requirements of the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.  Although the 52-mile Beltline will have widespread impacts on rivers, streams and wetlands throughout North and West Jefferson County, the Corps chose to evaluate impacts and issue a permit only for a small 1.86 mile segment of the project between Hwy. 75 and Hwy. 79.  Due to this improper segmentation, the full extent of the project’s impacts to wetlands and waterways, which supply area drinking water, is unknown.

Although supporters of the controversial $5.4 billion Northern Beltline held a press conference this week to announce upcoming construction, the reality is the status of the project remains uncertain due to significant concerns about its environmental impacts and costs to taxpayers.

The Student Government Association at the University of Alabama in Huntsville has passed a Resolution urging the University of Alabama System Trustees to stop the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine from polluting a major drinking water supply for the greater Birmingham area. 

Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Moundville Archaeological Park will present the Warrior River Run at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, at Moundville Archaeological Park. The first race of its kind at Moundville Archaeological Park, the Warrior River Run will feature a full mile flat-track race, a physically demanding sprint to the summits of Mounds A and B and two surprise obstacles of an ancient origin.  Click here for competitor tickets if you plan to race.  For more event information, click here

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Join us for Boats and Brunch at Quinn's Landing on the Black Warrior River!  We are proud to co-sponsor this antique and classic boat show on Saturday, July 20th from 10am to 2pm. 

We are excited to have a booth at 95.3 The Bear's Tuscaloosa Sportsman's Expo at The University of Alabama's Bryant Conference Center on July 12 and 13. If you are an outdoors enthusiast you should attend!  Click here for more information.

SweetWater Brewing Company is running 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.  Learn how you can participate!

Gillian Richard, a native of Gurley, Ala., has received a grant from the Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation to work with  Black Warrior Riverkeeper. Richard, a senior majoring in public relations at The University of Alabama, will be working as a communications intern for the group throughout the summer. This grant is the highest honor that the College of Communication and Information Sciences bestows on a student. The University of Alabama’s public relations program was ranked in the top 5 PR programs nationally in each of the past 5 years

H2 Real Estate is hosting the 4th Annual Dock at the Rock on June 15th with a series of outdoor music performances at the amphitheater at Silverock Cove (101 Turtle Point Dr, Crane Hill, AL 35053) on Smith Lake.  Dillon Hodges is headlining the event, with a number of musicians scheduled to play throughout day starting at 11 A.M.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event.  Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Black Warrior Riverkeeper.