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Forever Wild Faces Extinction | 02/08/2018

Forever Wild Faces Extinction 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 to the Alabama House for a vote.  If it passes that vote, it will go to the Alabama […]


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 […]


New Riverkeeper Newsletter | 12/14/2017

 New Black Warrior Riverkeeper Newsletter Click here to read Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s new newsletter!  Please share this link with anyone who might enjoy the newsletter. Our members who have recently donated or volunteered will receive newsletters in print via U.S. mail.  If you are not a member and would like […]


Toxic Chemicals Report | 11/16/2017

Nearly Ten Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped in Alabama’s Rivers For Immediate Release: November 16, 2017 Contact: Nelson Brooke, Black Warrior Riverkeeper:, 205-458-0095 Alabama – A recent analysis of data reported by industry indicates that nearly ten million pounds of toxic chemicals were dumped into Alabama’s rivers in […]


Sewage Permits Improve | 09/27/2017

Alabama Sewage Permits Become More Protective of Citizens Waterkeepers Successful in Push for Better Bacteria Regulations For Immediate Release: September 27, 2017 Contact: Nelson Brooke, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: (205) 458-0095; Alabama – Sewage plants in Alabama will now have to meet tighter limits for E. coli bacteria in order […]

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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