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Alabama Beta 2019 | 09/17/2019

Alabama Beta Adventure Race Promotes Outdoor Recreation, Conservation and Community For Immediate Release: September 17, 2019 Contact: Ryan Cavender, Founder & Organizer, The Alabama Beta, 205-861-7260, [email protected] Lee Jeffrey, Founder & Organizer, The Alabama Beta, 205-422-1158, [email protected] Ben Tanksley, Founder & Organizer, The Alabama Beta, 404-618-7074, [email protected] The Alabama Beta is […]


Tyson Fish Kill | 09/09/2019

Tyson Fish Kill Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s 9/9/19 update: Riverkeeper Nelson Brooke created a Google map showing ADEM’s 6/6-13 river survey and sampling locations: ADEM investigated water quality conditions in the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River immediately following Tyson’s 6/6/19 wastewater spill and fish kill.  From ADEM’s most recent […]


Autumnal AirWave | 09/06/2019

Autumnal AirWave Benefits Three Waterkeepers September 27 at Avondale Brewery For Immediate Release: September 6, 2019 Contact: Dan Morriss, Executive Producer, Morriss Entertainment: 205-612-1215, [email protected] Charles Scribner, Executive Director, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: 205-458-0095, [email protected] Myra Crawford, Executive Director, Cahaba Riverkeeper: 205-410-7163, [email protected] Justinn Overton, Executive Director, Coosa Riverkeeper: 205-981-6565, [email protected] […]


Orvis Giveback Days | 08/28/2019

Orvis Birmingham Supports Black Warrior Riverkeeper with September Giveback Days For Immediate Release: August 28, 2019 Contact: Chuck Atkinson, interim store manager, Orvis Birmingham: [email protected], (205) 970-5176 Charles Scribner, executive director, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: [email protected], (205) 458-0095 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Orvis will expand its longstanding support of conservation efforts through […]


Fish Consumption Warnings for 2019 | 08/23/2019

Alabama Fish Consumption Warnings for 2019 This summer, the Alabama Department of Public Health released its annual fish consumption advisories, which highlight the state’s recommended limits on the consumption of different types of fish found in Alabama’s rivers and streams. 132 advisories were issued across 98 waterbodies in Alabama. 12 […]

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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 promoting clean water for the sake of public health, recreation, and wildlife habitat throughout our patrol area, the Black Warrior River watershed. This vital river basin is entirely contained within Alabama, America’s leading 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 and addresses pollution problems while increasing public awareness. We are a proud member of Waterkeeper Alliance. Please contact us to report pollution and to inquire about volunteer projects, donations, educational presentations, or public events.

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 1 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.

Black Warrior River Basin