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Stop Coal Ash Pollution September 27 | 09/21/2023

Help Stop Coal Ash Pollution on September 27 You can register for the virtual public hearing on September 27 or you can submit written comments here.  A few weeks ago, EPA proposed denying Alabama’s unsafe coal-ash program for issuing permits, like the ones at Plant Gorgas, Plant Miller and Plant […]


An Interview with Taylor Clark | 09/22/2023

An Interview with Taylor Clark of Milo’s Tea Company By Rosey White, AmeriCorps Member, Black Warrior Riverkeeper Milo’s Tea Company stands as the lead sponsor of Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s Ambient Water Monitoring Program, a vital initiative launched in 2017 to establish a comprehensive baseline for water quality across the entire […]


Bluestone Coke Lawsuit | 09/13/2023

Bluestone Coke sued for water pollution The plant continues to pollute Five Mile Creek, violating the Clean Water Act For immediate release: September 13, 2023 Contact: Terah Boyd, SELC, 678-234-7990, [email protected] Nelson Brooke, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, 205-458-0095, [email protected] Jilisa Milton, GASP, 205-240-5783, [email protected] BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Today Black Warrior Riverkeeper and GASP, […]


Southern Exposure in BPL 2023 | 08/29/2023

New Southern Exposure Films Donated to all 18 Birmingham Public Library Locations For Immediate Release: August 28, 2023 Contact: Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations, Birmingham Public Library, Phone: (205) 226-3746, Cell: (205) 568-0067, E-mail: [email protected] BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Alabama Rivers Alliance and Black Warrior Riverkeeper have partnered to donate to […]


Fall 2023 Staff Changes | 08/16/2023

Dear Black Warrior Riverkeeper supporters, I have bad news, so to speak, and good news. First the bad news, which is not actually bad at all, but certainly sad for us at Black Warrior Riverkeeper. Katie Fagan, our wonderful outreach coordinator, will soon move to her husband Elliot’s homeland, England, […]

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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