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TONS of good news as we turn 20 | 11/22/2021

Dear Black Warrior Riverkeeper supporters, Black Warrior Riverkeeper launched exactly 20 years and 2 months ago. Our website now features a continually updated timeline of our milestones since September 25, 2001: I cannot thank you enough for helping keep us afloat for two decades and propelling us to a whole […]


Big Win for Watercress Darters | 11/18/2021

New Conservation Easement Protects Endangered Watercress Darter in Birmingham FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2021 Contact: Sally Sperling, 205-417-2777, [email protected] Freshwater Land Trust (FLT) has closed on a 26.1-acre conservation easement in the Powderly neighborhood in Birmingham, AL. The property is home to the watercress darter, a federally endangered and […]


Mays Mine Supplemental NOI | 11/16/2021

Agencies Warned Alabama Coal Mine May Violate State and Federal Laws For Immediate Release: November 16, 2021  Contact: Nelson Brooke or Eva Dillard, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, (205) 458-0095, [email protected] or [email protected] Kristine Akland, Center for Biological Diversity, (406) 544-9863, [email protected] BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Two conservation groups today notified state and […]


Veterans Day 2021 | 11/10/2021

Brother of 9/11 Victim: “Honor Veterans Whose Sacrifices Help Keep Us Free” By Katie Holmes, AmeriCorps Member, Black Warrior Riverkeeper In partnership with AmeriCorps, Black Warrior Riverkeeper is honoring veterans on Veterans Day by publishing an interview with Black Warrior Riverkeeper board of directors member Roy Williams, whose brother lost his life […]


Maxine 2 Notice of Intent to Sue | 10/28/2021

Black Warrior Riverkeeper Files Notice of Intent to Sue Drummond for Pumping Polluted Water ADEM Failed to Require a Necessary Clean Water Act Permit to Limit and Monitor Pollution For Immediate Release: October 28, 2021 Contact: Nelson Brooke, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, 205-458-0095, [email protected] Birmingham, AL— Black Warrior Riverkeeper has filed […]

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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 promoting clean water for the sake of public health, recreation, and wildlife habitat 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