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Maxine Mine Ruling | 05/10/2019

Court Rules that Drummond is Violating the Clean Water Act on Black Warrior River’s Locust Fork For Immediate Release: May 10, 2019 Contact: Nelson Brooke, Riverkeeper, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: (205) 458-0095, [email protected] Eva Dillard, Staff Attorney, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: (205) 458-0095, [email protected] Birmingham, Ala. – An Alabama federal judge has […]


Earthbounds Earthfest 2019 | 03/25/2019

Earthbound’s Earthfest Celebrates Black Warrior Riverkeeper For Immediate Release: March 25, 2019 Contact: Charles Scribner, executive director, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: (205) 458-0095, [email protected] Birmingham, Ala. – Saturday, April 20, 2pm to sundown, Earthbound headlines Earthbound’s Earthfest, their annual outdoor concert at Avondale Brewery (21 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222). […]


Riverkeeper Sues EPA to Protect Streams | 02/27/2019

Black Warrior Riverkeeper Sues EPA to Protect Imperiled Streams For Immediate Release: February 27, 2019 Contact: Black Warrior Riverkeeper: (205) 458-0095 Nelson Brooke, Riverkeeper, [email protected] Eva Dillard, Staff Attorney, [email protected] Birmingham, Ala. – Today, Black Warrior Riverkeeper filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in U.S. District […]


No. 5 Mine | 02/13/2019

Take Action: Stop Coal Mine Pollution from Contaminating a Birmingham Drinking Water Source The Alabama Surface Mining Commission (ASMC) is considering the renewal of a coal mining permit for the No. 5 Mine. This proposed 506 acre surface coal mine would discharge wastewater out of 23 points into the Mulberry […]


New Water Quality Data Map | 12/14/2018

Black Warrior Riverkeeper Publishes New Water Quality Data Our Riverkeeper Patrol Program includes water sampling near major pollution sources in order to identify specific problems before we promote solutions. Although citizens and reporters frequently ask about our investigations of specific facilities, one of the questions we receive most often is more general, […]

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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