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15th Anniversary | 05/22/2017

Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s 15th Anniversary: June 15 on the Bama Belle “Cruisin’ on the River”– Beer, Food, Tunes and a Sunset Cruise For Immediate Release: May 22, 2017 Contact: Charles Scribner, Executive Director, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: (205) 458-0095, info@blackwarriorriver.org Tuscaloosa – On Thursday, June 15 from 6-9 P.M., Black Warrior […]

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Appeal to Hold EPA Accountable | 05/02/2017

Alabama Conservation Groups Appeal to Court to Hold EPA Accountable For Immediate Release: May 2, 2017 Contact: Mitch Reid, Alabama Rivers Alliance: 205.322.6395, mreid@alabamarivers.org David Ludder: 850.386.5671, davidaludder@enviro-lawyer.com BIRMINGHAM, AL — Seven conservation groups from across Alabama have petitioned the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to review the process undertaken […]

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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: conservationalabama.org/action/#/14 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 […]

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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; info@blackwarriorriver.org Eva Dillard, Staff Attorney, Black Warrior Riverkeeper (205) 249-4743; edillard@blackwarriorriver.org Montgomery, […]

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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, cwannamaker@selcsc.org Eva Dillard, Staff Attorney, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, (205) 458-0095, edillard@blackwarriorriver.org Mike Senatore, VP of Conservation Law, Defenders of Wildlife, 202-772-3221, msenatore@defenders.org Birmingham, […]

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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