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New Riverkeeper Newsletter | 12/23/2015

 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 […]

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Sewage Spill Notification Tools | 08/31/2017

Groups React to ADEM’s New Sewage Spill Notification Tools For Immediate Release: August 31, 2017 Contact: Nelson Brooke, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, 205-458-0095, nbrooke@blackwarriorriver.org BIRMINGHAM, AL – As part of an overall effort to improve reporting and public notification of sewage overflows, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) has released […]

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Coal Ash Maps | 08/25/2017

Alabama Power Coal Ash Maps Illustrate Potential Danger to River and Public FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2017 CONTACT: Nelson Brooke, Riverkeeper: (205) 458-0095, nbrooke@blackwarriorriver.org (Birmingham, AL) – Alabama Power recently released coal ash inundation maps for five of its power plants in Alabama, including all three power plants located […]

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Top Student Earns Grant | 06/21/2017

UA PR Student Earns Grant for Riverkeeper Internship For Immediate Release: June 21, 2017 Contact: Hope Runyan, Public Relations Intern, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: runyan.hope@gmail.com, 205-458-0095 Charles Scribner, Executive Director, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: info@blackwarriorriver.org, 205-458-0095 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Hope Runyan, a senior at The University of Alabama, has received a grant […]

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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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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