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New Riverkeeper Newsletter | 08/15/2019

 New Black Warrior Riverkeeper Newsletter Click here to read Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s New 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 to become one, or if you would like to renew your […]


Southern Exposure DVDs at JCLC | 07/15/2019

New Southern Exposure DVDs donated for all Jefferson County Libraries For Immediate Release: July 15, 2019 Contact: Tobin Cataldo, executive director, Jefferson County Library Cooperative: [email protected], (205) 226-3615 Cindy Lowry, executive director, Alabama Rivers Alliance: [email protected], (205) 322-6395 Charles Scribner, executive director, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: [email protected], (205) 458-0095  Hoover, Ala.—The […]


Tyson Fish Kill | 06/20/2019

Tyson Fish Kill Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s 8/15/19 update: As of today, ADEM has still not announced its enforcement decision for Tyson’s 6/6/19 wastewater spill and fish kill.  If you have questions or concerns about ADEM’s enforcement following this this massive pollution event, please contact ADEM’s Water Division Chief, Jeff Kitchens: […]


UA Munson Intern 2019 | 06/13/2019

UA Student Wins Munson Foundation Grant for Black Warrior Riverkeeper Internship Hudson Nuckolls receives largest scholarship offered by UA’s APR department For Immediate Release: June 13, 2019 Contact: Charles Scribner, executive director, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: [email protected], 205-458-0095 Hudson Nuckolls, firm director, Capstone Agency: [email protected], 205-458-0095 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Curtis […]


New Coal Ash Pollution Maps | 06/05/2019

New Interactive Maps of Groundwater Pollution Reveal Threats Posed by Alabama Power Coal Ash Pits FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2019 Contact: Nelson Brooke, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, [email protected] or (205) 458-0095 (Birmingham, Ala.) – Four Alabama environmental organizations have released new interactive maps highlighting groundwater pollution reported by Alabama Power […]

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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