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Forever Wild Under Attack Again | 04/26/2017

Take Action: Forever Wild is Under Attack Again Tell your state legislators today to vote NO on HB 502: Legislators are once again attempting to dismantle Alabama’s Forever Wild Land Trust program. HB 502 proposes a constitutional amendment that would require the Forever Wild Land Trust to pay counties […]


State to Study Better Sewage Spill Notification | 04/21/2017

State Acknowledges Need for Better Public Notification of Sewage Spills State Denied Water Groups’ Petition, But Will Conduct Study to Improve Public Notification For Immediate Release: April 21, 2017 Contact: Nelson Brooke, Riverkeeper, Black Warrior Riverkeeper (205) 249-4743; Eva Dillard, Staff Attorney, Black Warrior Riverkeeper (205) 249-4743; Montgomery, […]


Black Warrior Minerals Mine 2 | 03/21/2017

Groups Challenge Coal Mine’s Stream Fill Permit on the Locust Fork   For Immediate Release: March 21, 2017 Contact: Catherine Wannamaker, Southern Environmental Law Center, (650) 793-3372, Eva Dillard, Staff Attorney, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, (205) 458-0095, Mike Senatore, VP of Conservation Law, Defenders of Wildlife, 202-772-3221, Birmingham, […]


Harvest Select Disrupts Sewage Lagoon | 03/17/2017

Riverkeeper Asks ADEM and Uniontown to Stop Catfish Processor from Disrupting Sewage Lagoon For Immediate Release: March 17, 2017 Contact: Nelson Brooke, Riverkeeper, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, (205) 458-0095, Uniontown, AL – Black Warrior Riverkeeper is asking the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (“ADEM”) and the City of Uniontown to […]


Fish Guide | 03/01/2017

New FISH GUIDE Program Helps Fishermen across Alabama   For Immediate Release: March 1, 2017 Contact: Justinn Overton, Executive Director, Coosa Riverkeeper:, 205.981.6565 BIRMINGHAM – Coosa Riverkeeper has developed a new program, FISH GUIDE, as a response to surveys conducted with more than 125+ fishermen on the Coosa River. […]

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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