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Coal Ash Meetings During COVID | 06/25/2020

Alabama Power to Hold Public Meetings on Coal Ash Despite Lack of Public Notice   Black Warrior Riverkeeper Part of Petition for Postponement, Social Distancing and Virtual Option   For Immediate Release: June 25, 2020 Contact: Nelson Brooke, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: [email protected] Birmingham, Ala. – Black Warrior Riverkeeper is raising […]


Waterkeepers Alabama Animation | 06/22/2020

Waterkeepers Alabama Animated Introduction Michael Lynn Animation Studio and Michael’s interns at Cornerstone College generously donated this 30-second animated introduction for Waterkeepers Alabama, a new regional entity of Waterkeeper Alliance:  


Statement on Racism | 06/03/2020

Statement on Racism Black Warrior Riverkeeper protects the Black Warrior River watershed for the sake of every person who visits or lives here.  Clean water is essential to everyone, regardless of their ethnicity, beliefs, politics, or anything else.  However, during the course of our work we often see the actions […]


Tyson Fish Kill | 05/04/2020

Tyson Fish Kill Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s 5/4/20 update: On April 29, 2020, the Alabama Attorney General sued Tyson Farms, Inc. over the June 6, 2019 spill of 220,000 gallons of anaerobic wastewater into Dave Young Spring and the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River. The spill killed wildlife and […]


A Weird Yet Wonderful Earth Week | 04/24/2020

A Weird Yet Wonderful Earth Week Dear Black Warrior Riverkeeper supporters, What a long, strange week it’s been!  For Black Warrior Riverkeeper staff and volunteers, Earth Week normally involves several large public gatherings such as scholastic Earth Day fairs, Enviro Days at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc., and our biggest annual […]

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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