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Beth Maynor Young, renowned conservation photographer and member of Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s Advisory Council, is representing Black Warrior Riverkeeper in the “Who’s Helping Who” nonprofit fundraising contest hosted by About Town.  Please support Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s efforts and help us win the contest!  

Created in 1992 by a constitutional referendum that garnered 83% of the vote, Forever Wild is a program dedicated to preserving Alabama’s most beautiful and environmentally sensitive land, all while expanding the recreational opportunities  available to the public.  The program protects land for recreation, hunting, and fishing — without raising taxes.  It will expire unless citizens vote yes for Amendment One on November 6.  Please encourage your friends and colleagues to vote! 

Black Warrior Riverkeeper has published its new newsletter.  So much is happening in the Black Warrior River watershed.  Learn what we are up to and how you can help!  To read the newsletter online, click here.

After 40 years, the Clean Water Act has done much to clean up streams, rivers, and lakes within the Black Warrior River watershed and throughout our great nation, but new sources of water pollution are being permitted almost every month.  As a public resource, we have created a map showing the location of many wastewater treatment plants with permits to discharge treated sewage into the river and its tributaries.

Black Warrior Riverkeeper and the Southern Environmental Law Center have asked the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to remove the Northern Beltline from the proposed four-year funding plan because of the project’s ballooning price tag, questionable economic benefits, and harmful effects on the environment.

Black Warrior Riverkeeper filed a petition with the Alabama Surface Mining Commission to designate areas upstream of the Birmingham Water Works Board’s Mulberry Fork drinking water intake as lands unsuitable for surface coal mining.  The petition opens another front in our ongoing fight to stop surface coal mining near the public water intake facility near Cordova that supplies water daily to 200,000 residents of the greater Birmingham area. 

Saturday, September 22, from 2pm to 8pm, Black Warrior Riverkeeper will celebrate 10 years of clean water advocacy with the event “Tap into the River” at Good People Brewery (114 14th Street South). Two excellent bands will play during the event: The Locust Fork Band and Earl Williams & the Juke Band.  The event has no entry fee and is open to all ages, although guests under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

Reed Minerals No. 5 Mine is being proposed along the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River. This is the second coal mine proposed upstream of the Birmingham drinking water supply in recent years, following on the heels of the Shepherd Bend Mine proposal, which is 3 miles downstream at their closest points. 

Avondale RiverFest will benefit Black Warrior Riverkeeper on Saturday July 21.  This is a free live music event at Avondale Brewing Company from Noon to Midnight.  The brewery’s owners have publicly implored the University of Alabama to refuse to lease or sell land or minerals for the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine, which would be a major threat to the river, Birmingham's tap water, and the company's beer.

The cost of the multi-billion dollar Northern Beltline highway to American and Alabama taxpayers far outweighs the potential for significant revenue and jobs from the project and is a fraction of what highway proponents have long claimed, according to a new economic analysis conducted by the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies.