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Support RECLAIM and Black Lung Bills | 12/07/2018

Take Action: Support RECLAIM and Black Lung Bills There are only a few weeks left before Congress adjourns for the year, and that means only a few weeks left to get desperately needed proposals passed to help our communities.  We at Black Warrior Riverkeeper support the following action alert by […]


Maintaining Our Momentum | 11/27/2018

Dear Black Warrior Riverkeeper supporters, Back in college, I became enamored of Waterkeeper Alliance because it is truly a grassroots movement propelled in each watershed by members: donors and volunteers. Today, I am further convinced that our citizen-based advocacy is needed to protect the Black Warrior River basin and its […]


New Riverkeeper Newsletter | 10/08/2018

 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 […]


Letter Urges Governor to Hold AEMC Accountable | 08/14/2018

Alabama Environmental Organizations Urge Governor Ivey to Hold Alabama Environmental Management Commission Accountable For Immediate Release: August 14, 2018 Contact: Kelly Marshall | 205.322.6395 | BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –  Environmental organizations throughout Alabama have joined together to ask Governor Ivey to hold the Alabama Environmental Management Commission (EMC) accountable for […]


11 Groups Demand New ADEM Director | 07/30/2018

Eleven Conservation Groups Call for ADEM Director’s Resignation or Termination Black Warrior Riverkeeper Demands New Leadership in Lance LeFleur’s Annual Job Evaluation   For Immediate Release: July 30, 2018 Contact: Eva Dillard, Staff Attorney, Black Warrior Riverkeeper:, 205-458-0095 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The bribery and corruption trial U.S. v. Gilbert, […]

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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 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