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Take Action at ADEM on August 17 | 08/10/2018

TAKE ACTION: Speak up for your right to know about sewage spills in Alabama! As you may know, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, with Waterkeepers Alabama and Alabama Rivers Alliance, petitioned the Alabama Environmental Management Commission (AEMC) for better regulations regarding public notification of sewage spills and overflows.  The AEMC’s Rules Committee […]


11 Groups Demand New ADEM Director | 07/30/2018

Eleven Conservation Groups Call for ADEM Director’s Resignation or Termination Black Warrior Riverkeeper Demands New Leadership in Lance LeFleur’s Annual Job Evaluation For Immediate Release: July 30, 2018 Contact: Eva Dillard, Staff Attorney, Black Warrior Riverkeeper:, 205-458-0095 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The bribery and corruption trial U.S. v. Gilbert, et […]


Sign up for Action Alerts | 06/29/2018

Sign up for Black Warrior Riverkeeper Action Alerts One way you can help us promote cleaner water is through our action alerts. We don’t want to overwhelm our general email list with action alerts, so we created a “Black Warrior Riverkeeper Action Alerts” group via Action Network. Please sign up […]


2018 Munson Intern | 05/30/2018

UA PR Student Earns Grant for Riverkeeper Internship Toxey Wins College of Communication and Information Sciences’ Top Award   For Immediate Release: May 30, 2019 Contact: Anna Claire Toxey, Public Relations Intern, Black Warrior Riverkeeper:, 727-631-1482 Charles Scribner, Executive Director, Black Warrior Riverkeeper:, 205-458-0095 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Anna […]


Summer Recreation Starts as Sewage Threats Persist | 05/01/2018

Alabama Summer Recreation Season Starts Today As Sewage Threats Persist For Immediate Release: May 1, 2018 Contact: Nelson Brooke, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: (205) 458-0095, Alabama – Alabama’s new summer recreation season starts today, after being officially extended from four months to six.  Millions of Alabamians are ready for outdoor […]

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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 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