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Miller Coal Ash Hearing | 09/18/2020

Plant Miller’s Coal Ash: Public Hearing October 20 The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) is hosting a public hearing about Plant Miller’s coal ash on October 20th, 6-8pm at West Jefferson Town Hall (7000 West Jefferson Road, Quinton, AL, 35130). ADEM’s hearing focuses on Alabama Power’s closure plans for […]


September 11 Tribute to Service | 09/11/2020

Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s 9/11 Tribute to Service By Katie Fagan, AmeriCorps Member, Black Warrior Riverkeeper Today marks the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. September 11 is a day with deep meaning to so many people including Waterkeepers, whose movement was launched near New York City by military veterans […]


Orvis Giveback Days 2020 | 09/02/2020

Orvis Birmingham Helping Black Warrior Riverkeeper with September Giveback Days For Immediate Release: September 2, 2020 Contact: Josh Simon, interim store manager, Orvis Birmingham: [email protected], (205) 970-5176 Charles Scribner, executive director, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: [email protected], (205) 458-0095 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Orvis will revive its longstanding support of conservation efforts through […]


Fish Guide 2020 | 08/05/2020

Alabama Releases 2020 Fish Consumption Advisories FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 5, 2020 Contact: Nelson Brooke, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, [email protected] BIRMINGHAM, ALA. – Last week, the Alabama Department of Public Health released its annual fish consumption advisories, which highlight the state’s recommended limits on the consumption of different species of fish […]


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:  

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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