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Earthbounds Earthfest 2018 | 04/03/2018

Earthbound’s Earthfest April 21 at Avondale Brewery Celebrates Black Warrior Riverkeeper For Immediate Release: April 3, 2018 Contact: Charles Scribner, Executive Director, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: (205) 458-0095, Birmingham, Ala. – Saturday, April 21, 2pm to sundown, Earthbound headlines Earthbound’s Earthfest, their annual outdoor concert at Avondale Brewery (21 41st […]


Protect Alabama from Coal Ash | 03/15/2018

Take Action: Protect Alabama from Coal Ash Please sign the petition to protect Alabama from coal ash.  Click here: Talking Points: ​1. ADEM must design a strong coal ash program, one that is every bit as protective as the 2015 CCR Rule. ​2. ADEM must not weaken the requirements […]


AirWave 2018 | 03/01/2018

AirWave at Good People Benefits Three Waterkeepers on 3/24 For Immediate Release: March 1, 2018 Birmingham, AL – Good People Brewing Company is hosting the 7th Annual AirWave festival to benefit Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Cahaba Riverkeeper, and Coosa Riverkeeper from 1 PM to 10 PM on Saturday, March 24.  The […]


Forever Wild Faces Extinction | 02/08/2018

Forever Wild Faces Extinction ***UPDATE: Forever Wild Victory! Click here to read’s recap, “Social media campaign helped defeat anti-Forever Wild bill”*** Take Action! Tell your state legislators today to vote NO on HB 362: Rep. Mark Tuggle’s shortsighted HB 362 just passed out of committee and will go […]


Black Warrior Waterdog Gains Federal Protection | 01/02/2018

Black Warrior Waterdog Gains Endangered Species Act Protection What a way to start 2018 in Alabama: the Black Warrior waterdog is now protected under the Endangered Species Act! Here is our statement about the news, followed by a press release by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: “The U.S. Fish […]

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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 improving water quality, habitat, recreation, and public health throughout our patrol area, the Black Warrior River watershed. This vital river basin is entirely contained within Alabama, America’s #1 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 pollution problems and works on fixing them while increasing public awareness. Black Warrior Riverkeeper is 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 one 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. In 2013 the Black Warrior joined the top 10 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers.

Black Warrior River Basin