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Rosey White joins our team | 09/22/2022

Rosey White joins our team Welcome Rosey White, Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s new AmeriCorps member! From October 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023, Rosey will assist Katie Fagan and Charles Scribner in expanding our volunteer projects, litter cleanups, and outreach across the Black Warrior River watershed. Rosey is currently obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in […]


Mine No 7 Lawsuit | 09/14/2022

Black Warrior Riverkeeper Sues Warrior Met Coal For Immediate Release: September 14, 2022 Contact:  Nelson Brooke, Riverkeeper:  (205) 458-0095, [email protected] Birmingham, AL — Black Warrior Riverkeeper has sued Warrior Met Coal in federal court for discharging polluted wastewater from Mine No. 7 at locations that have not been permitted. The […]


Victory Finalized at Maxine Mine | 08/11/2022

Victory: Approved Consent Decree Requires Cleanup of Drummond’s Maxine Mine Site For immediate release: August 11, 2022 Contact: Barry Brock, Southern Environmental Law Center, 205-745-3060, [email protected] Charles Scribner, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, 205-458-0095, [email protected] Jim Hecker, Public Justice, 703-302-0507, [email protected] BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In a major victory for the health of […]


Camp Oliver | 07/14/2022

The Alabama Fisherman’s and Hunters’ Association’s 100th Year By Seth Self, Black Warrior Riverkeeper intern through The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation’s Scholarship at The University of Alabama 2022 is a year of milestones for water in Alabama. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a […]


Waterkeepers Alabama Spanish Animation | 05/16/2022

Back in 2020, Michael Lynn Animation Studio and Michael’s interns at Cornerstone College generously donated an animated introduction for Waterkeepers Alabama. In 2022, Cristina Almanza, a member of Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s Advisory Council, generously donated her translation skills to make this Spanish voiceover version: Special thanks to Coosa Riverkeeper […]

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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