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Alabama’s Black Warrior River and its vital tributaries face substantial pollution threats including dams, coal mining, coalbed methane extraction, quarries, industrial discharges, sewage, industrial chicken farms, clearcutting, irresponsible development and road building, urban stormwater runoff, and more. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management’s tendency to turn a blind eye to these problems poses another major threat to the river and those who rely on it – the public. Black Warrior Riverkeeper advocates for cleaner water, serving the needs of over a million people throughout 17 Alabama counties. Our Riverkeeper Patrol Program helps address certain major problems among the issues listed below.

Click on an issue from the list below to learn more:

Coal Ash and Power Plants

Coal Mining
Coalbed Methane
Cypress Wetlands and Mulch
Endangered Species
Fish Consumption Advisories
Northern Beltline
Invasive Species
Point Source Discharges
Shepherd Bend Mine
Siltation and Sedimentation
Stormwater Runoff

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