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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.     

SweetWater Brewing Company is launching its annual “Save the Black Warrior” program to support Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s water protection efforts. Save the Black Warrior takes place at participating Tuscaloosa and Birmingham restaurants and bars from Friday, June 1 through Saturday, July 7.

Black Warrior Riverkeeper and the Southern Environmental Law Center are asking the court to require a thorough “supplemental environmental impact statement” for the Northern Beltline as required under the National Environmental Policy Act.

On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, Black Warrior Riverkeeper will celebrate 10 years of clean water advocacy with the event “Cruisin’ on the River.”  The sunset cruise on the Bama Belle Riverboat in Tuscaloosa features a tour of the Black Warrior River’s Oliver pool.  Tickets are on sale now at http://bwrk.eventbrite.com.

On Thursday March 1, CBS 42 will show a sneak preview of “Deadly Deception II: Faces in the Mirror” at the Carver Theatre from 6:00-8:30pm. The commercial-free documentary about pollution in North Birmingham is the follow-up to “Deadly Deception” which aired in August, 2011 on CBS 42.