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Black Warrior Riverkeeper 15th Anniversary Celebrating 15 years of Black Warrior Riverkeeper on the Bama Belle Riverboat on June 15 BWRk May 22, 2017
Appeal to Hold EPA Accountable Alabama Conservation Groups Appeal to Court to Hold EPA Accountable to Clean Water Act Alabama Rivers Alliance May 2, 2017
State to Study Sewage Spill Notifications Alabama Environmental Management Commission votes to study better sewage spill notification system Alabama Waterkeepers April 21, 2017
Alabama Sewage Spills Map Water Protection Groups Release Map of Sewage Spills in Alabama Alabama Waterkeepers April 11, 2017
Earthbounds Earthfest 2017 Earthbounds Earthfest 2017 at Avondale Brewery BWRk April 7, 2017
Black Warrior Minerals Mine 2 Groups Challenge Coal Mine’s Stream Fill Permit on the Locust Fork BWRk, SELC and Defenders of Wildlife March 21, 2017
Havest Select Disrupts Sewage Riverkeeper Asks ADEM and Uniontown to Stop Catfish Processor from Disrupting Sewage Lagoon BWRk March 17, 2017
Sewage Notification Alabama Groups Request Better Public Notification of Sewage Spills All 8 Alabama Waterkeepers March 7, 2017
Fish Guide New Fish Guide Program Helps Fishermen across Alabama Coosa Riverkeeper and BWRk March 1, 2017
Wildlife Intevention Conservation Groups Join Legal Battle over Protections for Endangered Species SELC, Defenders of Wildlife, SCCCL and BWRk February 28, 2017
AirWave 2017 AirWave Festival Benefits 3 Local Waterkeepers Morriss Entertainment February 24, 2017
Alabama Waterkeepers Tell ADEM to Follow New Law Alabama’s Waterkeepers Call on ADEM to Modify 7 Sewage Plant Permits to Comply With New Law Coosa Riverkeeper January 31, 2017
Southern Exposure 2016 in Birmingham Public Library SELC and Black Warrior Riverkeeper donate Southern Exposure Film Fellowship 2016 films to Birmingham Public Library BPL December 2, 2016
Public Hearing December 5 on Uniontown Sewage Public Hearing on Uniontown’s Failing Sewage Treatment System Black Belt Citizens December 1, 2016
Chilling Effect Removed for Coal Challenges Alabama Coalfield Citizens Win with Black Warrior Riverkeeper Lawsuit BWRk November 3, 2016
Alabama Toxic Pollutants Petition Groups Petition State Commission to Impose Stricter Limits on Toxic Pollutants in Waters David Ludder and BWRk October 25, 2016
Maxine Mine Lawsuit Groups Sue Drummond over Abandoned Mine’s Pollution of the Locust Fork SELC September 1, 2016
Save the Black Warrior 2016 SweetWater Helps Save the Black Warrior in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa BWRk July 8, 2016
Groups Push Drummond to Fix Abandoned Mine Abandoned Mine Site Continues to Pollute Locust Fork SELC, Public Justic, and BWRk June 29, 2016
Kayaking for Conservation Two Alabama Students Kayak From Tuscaloosa to Mobile to Support Two Waterkeeper Groups Mobile Baykeeper June 2, 2016
Northern Beltline Not In Top Fifty Map of Alabama’s Top 50 Transportation Projects Highlights State’s Imbalanced Approach to Infrastructure SELC and BWRk May 12, 2016
Earthbounds Earthfest 2016 Earthbounds Earthfest Celebrates Black Warrior Riverkeeper at Avondale Brewery April 23 BWRk April 7, 2016
AirWave March 12 AirWave Festival at Good People Benefits Three Local Waterkeepers BWRk February 25, 2016
Court Rules in Favor of Flawed Northern Beltline Project The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama issued a ruling late yesterday that responsible agencies met threshold legal requirements for a review of environmental impacts and alternative transportation investments for the Northern Beltline. SELC and BWRk January 20, 2016

New Library Partnership
Southern Environmental Law Center donates Southern Exposure DVDs to Birmingham Public Library Birmingham Public Library December 15, 2015

Groups Challenge Lenient Approach to Stream Filling
Advocates Challenge Corps’ Lenient Approach to Stream Filling in Black Warrior River Basin BWRk and SELC October 27, 2015

September 15 Epiphany Dinner
Epiphany Dinner Benefits Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Friends of Hurricane Creek BWRk September 2, 2015

Successful Shannon Mine Settlement
Black Warrior Riverkeeper Successfully Settles Shannon Mine Lawsuit BWRk July 7, 2015
Save Our Water 2015 SweetWater Helps Black Warrior Riverkeeper “Save Our Water” in Tuscaloosa SweetWater and BWRk July 2, 2015
UA PR Intern UA PR Student Earns Prestigious Grant to Intern with Black Warrior Riverkeeper BWRk June 12, 2015
Earthbound’s Earthfest 2015 Earthbound’s Earthfest benefits Black Warrior Riverkeeper at Avondale Brewing Company on April 18 BWRk April 2, 2015
Nationwide Permit 21 Decision Remand Federal Court Requires Corps to Rectify Error on Water Impacts of Coal Mining Permit along Alabama’s Black Warrior River SELC and BWRk March 24, 2015
Red Flags for Northern Beltline Long Range Plan for Birmingham Region Would Allocate More than Half of Available Funding for Transportation Improvements to Northern Beltline. Completion of the Project Now Estimated to Take 75 Years. SELC and BWRk November 19, 2014
Orvis Helps Black Warrior Riverkeeper Protect Local Waters Orvis and their new Birmingham store are providing multifaceted support for Black Warrior Riverkeeper. Orvis and BWRk October 30, 2014
Donaldson Prison Sewage Lawsuit Ends Successfully Black Warrior Riverkeeper has reached a successful settlement in their water pollution case against Alabama Utility Services (AUS), the operator of Donaldson Correctional Facility’s sewage treatment plant. BWRk September 30, 2014

Citizens Advisory Board Opposes Shepherd Bend Mine
Representing all 99 of the city’s neighborhood associations, Birmingham’s Citizens Advisory Board unanimously passed a Resolution urging The University of Alabama System Trustees to stop the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine from polluting a major drinking water supply for the greater Birmingham area. BWRk August 18, 2014
Team USA Kayaker Donates PSA Team USA Kayaker Bennett Smith has donated a Public Service Announcement for Black Warrior Riverkeeper. Tracy Bennett Smith Consulting August 6, 2014
Shepherd Bend Mine Public Hearing August 28 ADEM will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 28 at 6 pm regarding the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine, a threat to drinking water for 200,000 people in the greater Birmingham area. BWRk July 23, 2014
Save Our Water 2014 SweetWater Brewing Company is renewing its annual “Save Our Water” collaboration with Black Warrior Riverkeeper at over 20 Tuscaloosa restaraunts, bars, and stores throughout July and August. Paper fish and tshirt sales at these participating businesses will support Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s efforts to protect the entire Black Warrior River watershed. SweetWater and BWRk June 26, 2014
Press Statement on Northern Beltline Groundbreaking Press Statement on Northern Beltline Groundbreaking: As Construction Begins, Questions and Doubts Persist about $5.4-Billion Project SELC and BWRk April 21, 2014
Earthbounds Earthfest 2014 Saturday April 19, 2014 from 2pm to sundown, Earthbound will play their annual outdoor rock concert, Earthbound’s Earthfest, at Avondale Brewery (201 41st Street South, Birmingham, AL 35222). The family friendly event is open to all ages, although guests under 21 must be accompanied by a parent. Its purpose is to celebrate Earth Day and raise funds for Black Warrior Riverkeeper. BWRk March 21, 2014
Top Scientists Oppose Coal Mines Near Drinking Water Source Our effort to ensure clean, safe, drinkable and affordable drinking water for the Birmingham area recently gained major allies, as three nationally recognized experts on this topic submitted a joint letter in support of our appeal. BWRk February 28, 2014
Public Hearing on Lands Unsuitable for Mining The Alabama Surface Mining Commission (ASMC) will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 20 on appeals of Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s Lands Unsuitable for Coal Mining Petition. BWRk January 27, 2014
Epiphany Dinner Supports BWRk Thursday, February 6 at 8pm, Epiphany will host a Farm to Table Dinner to raise money for Black Warrior Riverkeeper and awareness for local food and beverages. BWRk January 24, 2014
Groups Challenge Flawed Coal Mine Permitting The continued use of a controversial permit in the Black Warrior River basin by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fails to comply with federal requirements for surface mining, according to a lawsuit filed today by the Southern Environmental Law Center and Public Justice on behalf of Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Defenders of Wildlife. SELC & BWRk November 25, 2013
Lands Unsuitable for Mining Petition Denied in Flawed Decision Today the Alabama Surface Mining Commission (ASMC) refused to declare 40,300 acres of land adjacent to the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River as off limits to coal mining, missing an historic opportunity to protect the drinking water source for 200,000 residents in the greater Birmingham area. BWRk October 28, 2013
New Lawsuit Challenges Flawed Northern Beltline Permit The Southern Environmental Law Center today filed a new federal lawsuit on behalf of Black Warrior Riverkeeper, challenging a permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Northern Beltline’s first phase of construction. The lawsuit addresses the Corps of Engineers’ failure to follow requirements of the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. SELC& BWRk October 25, 2013
UAH SGA Resolution Urges UA to Stop the Shepherd Bend Mine The Student Government Association at the University of Alabama in Huntsville has passed a Resolution urging the University of Alabama System Trustees to stop the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine from polluting a major drinking water supply for the greater Birmingham area. BWRk September 23, 2013
Warrior River Run Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Moundville Archaeological Park will present the Warrior River Run at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, at Moundville Archaeological Park. The first race of its kind at Moundville Archaeological Park, the Warrior River Run will feature a full mile flat-track race, a physically demanding sprint to the summits of Mounds A and B and two surprise obstacles of an ancient origin. BWRk August 27, 2013
Save Our Water 2013 SweetWater Brewing Company is running its annual “Save Our Water” collaboration with Black Warrior Riverkeeper at over 20 Tuscaloosa restaraunts, bars, and stores throughout July and August. Paper fish and tshirt sales at these participating businesses will support Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s efforts to protect the entire Black Warrior River watershed. Learn how you can participate! SweetWater June 27, 2013
Alabama PR Intern Grant Gillian Richard, a native of Gurley, Ala., has received a grant from the Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation to work with Black Warrior Riverkeeper. Richard, a senior majoring in public relations at The University of Alabama, will be working as a communications intern for the group throughout the summer. Black Warrior Riverkeeper June 13, 2013
Dock at the Rock 2013 H2 Real Estate is hosting the 4th Annual Dock at the Rock on June 15th with a series of outdoor music performances at the amphitheater at Silverock Cove (101 Turtle Point Dr, Crane Hill, AL 35053) on Smith Lake. Dillon Hodges is headlining the event, with a number of musicians scheduled to play throughout day starting at 11 A.M. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Black Warrior Riverkeeper. h2 Real Estate May 28, 2013
Titusville Community Resolution Urges UA to Stop the Shepherd Bend Mine Titusville Community officers, collectively representing the Birmingham neighborhood associations of North Titusville, South Titusville, and Woodlawn Park, unanimously passed a Resolution urging the University of Alabama System Trustees to stop the Shepherd Bend Mine from polluting a major drinking water supply for the greater Birmingham area. BWRk May 18, 2013
Shannon Mine Lawsuit Black Warrior Riverkeeper has filed a citizen lawsuit under the Clean Water Act and Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act in U.S. District Court for 758 water pollution violations at the Shannon Mine. The surface coal mine, run by Shannon, LLC, operates in Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties within the Upper Black Warrior River watershed. BWRk April 24, 2013
Black Warrior included among America’s Most Endangered Rivers The Proposed Shepherd Bend Mine, a threat to Birmingham-area drinking water, has landed the Black Warrior on American Rivers’ 2013 Most Endangered Rivers list. The University of Alabama System Trustees are now under a national spotlight to stop this mine proposal. American Rivers April 17, 2013
Alabama Panhellenic Association Greek Week Grant The Alabama Panhellenic Association has invited Black Warrior Riverkeeper to receive a generous Greek Week grant at the Greek Week Leadership and Service Banquet in the Ferguson Center Ballroom at The University of Alabama on April 16 at 6 p.m. This press release discusses that grant and other BWRk work regarding UA, including the Shepherd Bend Mine. BWRk April 10, 2013
Earthbound’s Earthfest 2013 On Sunday, April 21, 2pm-Until, Alabama rock favorites Earthbound will play their highly-anticipated annual outdoor concert,Earthbounds Earthfest, at Avondale Brewery(201 41st Street South). BWRk April 1, 2013
Donaldson Prison Sewage Lawsuit On February 28, 2012, Black Warrior Riverkeeper filed citizen suit under the Clean Water Act in U.S. District Court for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit violations at Donaldson Correctional Facility’s wastewater treatment plant in west Jefferson County. BWRk February 28, 2013
UAB PHSA Shepherd Bend Resolution UAB Public Health Students Association unanimously passed a resolution imploring the UA System to stop the Shepherd Bend Mine BWRk February 15, 2013
UAB GSA Shepherd Bend Resolution UAB Graduate Student Association unanimously passed a resolution imploring the UA System to stop the Shepherd Bend Mine BWRk January 16, 2013
Black Warrior Riverkeeper celebrates 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act After 40 years, the Clean Water Act has done much to clean up streams, rivers, and lakes within the Black Warrior River watershed and throughout our great nation, but new sources of water pollution are being permitted almost every month. As a public resource, we have created a map showing the location of many wastewater treatment plants with permits to discharge treated sewage into the river and its tributaries. BWRk October 16, 2012
Groups ask MPO to remove Northern Beltline from funding plan Black Warrior Riverkeeper and the Southern Environmental Law Center have asked the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to remove the Northern Beltline from the proposed four-year funding plan because of the project’s ballooning price tag, questionable economic benefits, and harmful effects on the environment. BWRk and SELC October 9, 2012
Black Warrior Riverkeeper Petitions ASMC to Prevent Mines Upstream of Birmingham Water Source Black Warrior Riverkeeper has filed a petition with the Alabama Surface Mining Commission to designate areas adjacent to the Birmingham Water Works Board’s Mulberry Fork drinking water intake as lands unsuitable for surface coal mining. BWRk September 10, 2012
Tap into the River: 10th Anniversary Event Saturday, September 22, from 2pm to 8pm, Black Warrior Riverkeeper will celebrate 10 years of clean water advocacy with the event “Tap into the River” at Good People Brewery (114 14th Street South). Two excellent bands will play during the event: The Locust Fork Band and Earl Williams & the Juke Band. The event has no entry fee and is open to all ages. BWRk September 5, 2012
Birmingham City Council Votes to Oppose Reed Mine No. 5 In its City Council meeting yesterday, the City of Birmingham unanimously passed a resolution addressed to the Alabama Surface Mining Commission (ASMC), stating, “…we implore the ASMC to deny the permit for the proposed Reed Mine No. 5.” BWRk September 5, 2012
Avondale RiverFest Avondale RiverFest will benefit Black Warrior Riverkeeper on Saturday July 21. This is a free live music event at Avondale Brewing Company from Noon to Midnight. The brewery’s owners have publicly implored the University of Alabama to refuse to lease or sell land or minerals for the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine, which would be a major threat to the river, Birmingham’s tap water, and the company’s beer. BWRk July 11, 2012
Study finds Northern Beltline a poor economic development tool The cost of the multi-billion dollar Northern Beltline highway to American and Alabama taxpayers far outweighs the potential for significant revenue and jobs from the project and is a fraction of what highway proponents have long claimed, according to a new economic analysis conducted by the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies. SELC June 19, 2012
Save the Black Warrior 2012 SweetWater Brewing Company is Launching its Annual Save the Black Warrior Program June 1 through July 7 BWRk and SweetWater May 23, 2012
Dock at the Rock 2012 Silverock Cove on Smith Lake is hosting its 3rd Annual Dock at the Rock event to benefit Black Warrior Riverkeeper – May 19, 2012 H2 Real Estate May 11, 2012
Latest ALDOT Northern Beltline study misses the mark Black Warrior Riverkeeper and the Southern Environmental Law Center are asking the court to require a thorough “supplemental environmental impact statement” for the Northern Beltline as required under the National Environmental Policy Act. BWRk and SELC May 1, 2012
Black Warrior Riverkeeper Celebrates 10 Years on June 6 Black Warrior Riverkeeper Celebrates 10 Years of Service on June 6 “Cruisin’ on the River”: Beer, Food, Tunes and a Sunset Cruise. BWRk April 18, 2012
University of Alabama SGA Passes Resolution Opposing the Shepherd Bend Mine The Student Government Association (SGA) at The University of Alabama (UA) has unanimously passed a resolution imploring UA leaders to stop the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine from polluting Birmingham’s tap water source. BWRk February 27, 2012
Deadly Deception II by CBS 42 March 1 at the Carver Theatre On Thursday March 1, CBS 42 will show a sneak preview of Deadly Deception II: Faces in the Mirror at the Carver Theatre from 6:00-8:30pm. The commercial-free documentary about pollution in North Birmingham is the follow-up to “Deadly Deception” which aired in August, 2011 on CBS 42. BWRk February 22, 2012
UAB Student Government Resolution Implores UA System to Oppose the Shepherd Bend Mine The Undergraduate Student Government Association at UAB has unanimously passed a Resolution imploring the University of Alabama to stop the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine from potentially polluting Birmingham’s drinking water. BWRk February 9, 2012
February 2nd Shepherd Bend Mine Protest and Petition handoff Concerned Citizens will protest the Shepherd Bend Mine during the UA System Trustees’ Meeting. Over 6,000 Change.org petition signatures will be delivered to Trustees. Change.org February 2, 2012
Birmingham’s Breweries Ask UA to Stop the Shepherd Bend Mine Birmingham’s Good People Brewing Company and Avondale Brewing Company each sent letters to the University of Alabama on January 26, 2012 imploring UA not to lease or sell its land and minerals for the Shepherd Bend Mine BWRk January 26, 2012
Alabama Coal Ash Ponds Receive Most Toxic Metals in the Nation According to the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), Alabama power plants lead the way in disposal of wastes containing toxic metals into coal ash ponds. Alabama Power’s Miller Steam Plant and Gorgas Steam Plant are both in the Black Warrior River watershed. Miller ranked first in the nation for disposing toxic metal wastes into coal ash ponds and Gorgas ranked fifteenth. BWRk January 6, 2012
Groups Urge Corps To Reject Flawed Northern Beltline Permit ALDOT is attempting an end-run around federal law by pursuing permits for one section of the proposed Northern Beltline in the face of persistent questions about whether the beltline as a whole merits a multi-billion dollar investment by federal taxpayers, and while a lawsuit challenging the beltline’s environmental study is pending. SELC and BWRk November 14, 2011
NAACP Town Hall Meeting on Pollution Birmingham-Metro Chapter NAACP Presents Grand Town Hall Meeting on the Environment Panelists Will Focus on Local Pollution Threats: Shepherd Bend Mine and “Deadly Deception” NAACP and BWRk October 3, 2011
Two Waterkeepers Sue Black Warrior Minerals Waterkeeper organizations Black Warrior Riverkeeper and the Friends of Hurricane Creek filed a lawsuit September 13 in United States District Court, alleging that Black Warrior Minerals’ Fleetwood Mine in Tuscaloosa County is polluting Hurricane Creek, a tributary of the Black Warrior River. FoHC and BWRk September 13, 2011
National Study Names Alabama Worst State for Coal Ash Disposal National study finds state protections for coal ash inadequate. Important safeguards lacking for public health, operating old, dangerous coal ash dumps. EarthJustice and BWRk August 24, 2011
Groups Ask MPO to Drop Northern Beltline From Plan Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Southern Environmental Law Center have asked the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to remove the Northern Beltline from the proposed four-year funding plan because of the project’s ballooning price tag, questionable economic benefits and harmful effects on the environment. BWRk and SELC August 9, 2011
SweetWater Completes “Save the Black Warrior” 2011 SweetWater Brewing Company Helps Save the Black Warrior! The brewery has completed its annual fundraising and education campaign with Black Warrior Riverkeeper. BWRk and SweetWater August 2, 2011
Reaction to Hearing Officer Ruling on Shepherd Bend On July 22, 2011, an administrative Hearing Officer gave a favorable recommendation for ADEM’s permit. Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Southern Environmental Law Center plan to appeal if the Environmental Management Commission rubber-stamps that decision. BWRk July 22, 2011
Save the Black Warrior 2011 begins SweetWater Brewing Company Helps Save the Black Warrior! Annual Campaign with Black Warrior Riverkeeper in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham: May 20-July 10 BWRk and SweetWater Brewing Company May 9, 2011
Black Warrior Chosen Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers Pollution caused by coal mining near the Black Warrior River has landed the river on the annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ – a report issued May 17, 2011 by the conservation group American Rivers. BWRk and American Rivers May 17, 2011
Dock at the Rock 2011 2nd Annual Dock at the Rock event at Silverock Cove will by May 14th. This concert and boat show on Smith Lake Benefits Black Warrior Riverkeeper BWRk and H2 Real Estate April 27, 2011
Northern Beltline Lawsuit Represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, Black Warrior Riverkeeper is suing ALDOT for its flawed environmental study on the Northern Beltline. BWRk and SELC April 11, 2011
Clean Water Groups Defend Alabama Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program The Alabama Rivers Alliance, Black Warrior Riverkeeper and the Cahaba River Society have filed a motion to intervene in a permit appeal by a business organization filed against the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to help defend the agency’s stormwater program for small cities. ARA, BWRk, CRS, SELC March 24, 2011
Birmingham City Council Opposes Shepherd Bend Mine Birmingham City Council Passes Resolution Imploring UA to Stop the Shepherd Bend Mine BWRk March 15, 2011
Earthbound’s Earthfest 2011 Earthbound’s Annual Free Outdoor Concert benefits Black Warrior Riverkeeper on Sunday April 17, 2011 BWRk March 14, 2011
An Open Letter to UA Black Warrior Riverkeeper asks UA to take a stand against the Shepherd Bend Mine proposal BWRk February 16, 2011
Rosa Coal Mine Permit Appeal Environmental Groups Take Rosa Coal Mine Fight to Court of Appeals BWRk January 20, 2011
Sippin with the Fishes McWane Science Center hosts Wild Ocean IMAX event with Black Warrior Riverkeeper BWRk January 4, 2011
Save the Black Warrior 2010 Recap Another Fantastic Year of Support from SweetWater Brewing Company BWRk and 360 Media October 29, 2010
Shepherd Bend Receives Mining Permit but Opposition Continues Black Warrior Riverkeeper Reiterates Position that UA System Should Not Lease Land for Mining at Shepherd Bend BWRk October 19, 2010
Save the Black Warrior 2010 SweetWater and Black Warrior Riverkeeper collaborate throughout September SweetWater Brewing Company August 18, 2010
Shepherd Bend Mine Public Hearing The Alabama Surface Mining Commission is hosting a public hearing on the Shepherd Bend Mine proposal BWRk July 27, 2010
Tuscaloosa’s Waterkeepers Unite at Museum Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Hurricane Creekkeeper will host a public event at the Alabama Museum of Natural History on August 12 BWRk July 16, 2010
New Black Warrior Video On this 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Black Warrior Riverkeeper is launching a three-minute video produced by Lewis Communications to raise awareness for the Black Warrior River watershed. Lewis Communications and BWRk April 22, 2010
Black Warrior Riverkeeper Hires Eva Dillard, Staff Attorney Eva Dillard began work as Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s Staff Attorney on April 2, 2010. BWRk April 2, 2010
Black Warrior Riverkeeper Wins 2010 River Hero Award Nelson Brooke, staff Riverkeeper at Black Warrior Riverkeeper, won the 2010 River Hero Award at the Alabama Rivers Alliance’s Watershed Leadership Conference. BWRk March 1, 2010
Birmingham Airport Authority Fulfills Pollution Case Requirements Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s pollution case against the Birmingham Airport Authority was closed on February 16, 2010. The BAA has spent over $1.7 million implementing erosion controls and sediment controls at their runway extension construction site. BWRk February 16, 2010
Clean Water Restoration Act Report In partnership with Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Alabama Rivers Alliance, Environment America releases report on increased risks to Alabama Waterways. Environment America, BWRk, Alabama Rivers Alliance February 10, 2010
Earthbound’s Earthfest 2010 Earthbound’s Earthfest Returns to Bessie Estelle Park on Sunday, April 18! Free Outdoor Concert & Family Picnic Raises Funds for Black Warrior Riverkeeper. BWRk February 9, 2010
Clean Water Groups Challenge Rosa Coal Mine Representing Black Warrior Riverkeeper and the Friends of the Locust Fork River, the Southern Environmental Law Center is challenging a massive coal mine proposal on the Black Warrior River’s Locust Fork. SELC, BWRk, Friends of the Locust Fork River November 20, 2009
Save the Black Warrior 2009 SweetWater and Riverkeeper Recap 2nd Annual Month-long “Save the Black Warrior” Partnership. BWRk October 22, 2009
Grease Opening Night Cast Party After the Opening Night of Grease starring Taylor Hicks, Riverkeeper tickets provide exclusive entry to the Cast Party at Rogue Tavern BWRk July 16, 2009
Locust Fork Forever Wild Nomination Black Warrior Riverkeeper and the Friends of the Locust Fork River submit Forever Wild nomination for conserving 3200-acre property owned by Birmingham Water Works Board on the Locust Fork. BWRk & Friends of the Locust Fork River April 20, 2009
Clean Water Restoration Act Released on Rivers of Alabama Day, a new report shows waters in Alabama and across the nation are losing protections from pollution. Elected officials urged to get Congress to fix the broken Clean Water Act. Alabama Rivers Alliance & BWRk April 14, 2009
Earthbound’s Earthfest Sunday, April 19, Earthbound will play a free outdoor concert called Earthbound’s Earthfest to help raise funds and awareness for Black Warrior Riverkeeper. BWRk March 20, 2009
Locust Fork Band at Bottletree The Locust Fork Band will play a charity concert for Black Warrior Riverkeeper at Bottletree Cafe from 3-6pm on Saturday, April 4th. Named after the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River, this legendary Alabama rock and country band hopes the event will raise funds and awareness for watershed protection. BWRk March 4, 2009
Website Combats Myth of Clean Coal TheDirtyLie.com website has been launched to combat the lies that are being spread about coal, including the myth of so-called “clean coal.” As an autonomous local chapter of Waterkeeper Alliance frequently focusing on coal pollution, Alabama’s Black Warrior Riverkeeper is helping promote the website. BWRk February 25, 2009
Settlement Victory in case with Birmingham Airport Black Warrior Riverkeeper settled their pollution case against the Birmingham Airport Authority and Dunn Construction Company on February 18, 2009. In United States District Court, the Honorable Judge Inge P. Johnson approved the settlement including injunctive relief (a court order requiring steps to curtail pollution) and the payment of $150,000. The money will pay for litigation expenses as well as a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP). BWRk February 18, 2009
ADEM sued for permitting coal mine Conservationists have filed a lawsuit challenging the Alabama Department of Environmental Management’s issuance of a permit for a proposed strip coal mine, which would discharge pollutants into the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River, less than a quarter mile from an intake for one of Birmingham’s major sources of drinking water. SELC and BWRk December 22, 2008
Ruling Upholds Citizen Enforcement In Black Warrior Riverkeeper v. Cherokee Mining, LLC, the federal Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on November 13, 2008 that a Clean Water Act citizen suit is not barred by a state administrative action commenced after a citizen group gives notice of its intent to sue to abate water pollution. BWRk November 18, 2008
Metro Tire Landfill Settlement Victory Black Warrior Riverkeeper and the Friends of the Locust Fork have settled their case against Metro Recycling, Inc. regarding operation of a used tire landfill in Blount County, Alabama. BWRk October 28, 2008
McWane Center Hosting IMAX Movie Event for BWRk An Evening with the Riverkeeper on Tuesday, August 26 at the McWane Center IMAX Dome in Birmingham. After a special presentation about Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Nelson Brooke, guests will enjoy a private viewing of Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk IMAX BWRk August 8, 2008
Presents Videos Featuring City Stages Headliners Produced at no cost to Black Warrior Riverkeeper from 2007-2008 these videos feature leaders from: The Flaming Lips, Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Roots, and The Wailers. BWRk April 11, 2008
Riverkeeper Settles Lawsuit with Alabama Biodiesel Moundville, AL: Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Alabama Biodiesel have reached a settlement to the pollution lawsuit Black Warrior Riverkeeper filed on August 22, 2007 in United States District Court. BWRk May 30, 3008
Bottletree Fundraiser: Rollin In the Hay Birmingham, AL: Rollin’ In the Hay and One Eyed Mary will be performing a Riverkeeper benefit on June 5, 2008 BWRk May 13, 2008
Star-Studded Earth Day Online Auction New York, NY Commemorate Earth Day 2008 with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Daryl Hannah, Glenn Close, and Alicia Silverstone as they raise funds by donating exclusive celebrity experiences, incredible eco-getaways and amazing water adventures for the Earth Day 2008 online auction BWRk April 11, 2008
Bottletree Fundraiser with HoneyBaked and Jasper Coal Birmingham, AL: 3 great bands: Jasper Coal, HoneyBaked, and The Harmless Free Radicals will be performing a benefit for Riverkeeper June 14th BWRk October 31, 2007
Riverkeeper Files Lawsuit Against Metro Tire Landfill Locust Fork, AL Black Warrior Riverkeeper has filed suit against Metro Recycling, Inc. in United States District Court. The lawsuit alleges that Metro Recycling’s significant and ongoing pollution violations have diminished water quality, recreation and wildlife habitat in the Locust Fork. BWRk Aug. 30, 2007
Riverkeeper Files Lawsuit Against Alabama Biodiesel Black Warrior Riverkeeper has filed a lawsuit in United States District Court against Alabama Biodiesel for the company’s unpermitted oil and grease discharges into the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa County, next to Moundville Archeological Park. BWRk Aug 30, 2007
Higher Ground Organic Riverkeeper Coffee Higher Ground Roasters, a top-rated 100% organic coffee company based in Leeds, Alabama, has launched a new blend called Black Warrior Riverkeeper Roast! BWRk Aug. 23, 2007
Riverkeeper Reaches 10,000 MySpace Supporters One of the first non-profit environmental organizations in America to use the social-networking website MySpace.com for online outreach, Black Warrior Riverkeeper recently gained over 10,000 MySpace Friends in the last 18 months. Riverkeeper’s official MySpace page has received over 31,000 unique website hits in 18 months as well. BWRk June 6, 2007
Bottletree Fundraiser with Locust Fork Band and Alo’s Meds Birmingham, AL, 3 great bands: Organic Earthbound, Locust Fork Band, and Alos Meds will be performing a benefit for Black Warrior Riverkeeper on Thursday, June 14th. $10 tickets available at www.theBottletree.com BWRk May 25, 2007
Umicore Pollutes Jasper and Birmingham’s Drinking Water A chemical industry in Arab, AL has been discharging large volumes of bromide into the Riley Maze Wastewater Treatment Plant for years. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) oversees the plants daily discharge to Riley Maze Creek and administers the permit. BWRk May 30, 2007
Cypress Mulch Opposition Campaign Black Warrior Riverkeeper is asking thousands of supporters and the general public to refrain from buying cypress mulch. The lower part of the Black Warrior River watershed is known for its beautiful and ecologically vital cypress wetlands. BWRk April 24, 2007
Birmingham International Airport Black Warrior Riverkeeper filed a citizens suit in Federal court against the Birmingham International Airport and its contractors for allowing mud to run into Village Creek. Riverkeeper alleged over 60 violations of the Clean Water Act resulting from the runway extension project. Penalties could be as high as $4 million. BWRk April 3, 2007
Fifth Anniversary Black Warrior Riverkeeper celebrates its Fifth Anniversary on September 25, 2006. Birmingham’s David Whiteside founded the non-profit organization in 2001. BWRk Sept. 25, 2006
Moundville Lagoon N.O.I.S. Riverkeeper’s letter of intent to sue outlines 1,486 violations of the federal Clean Water Act in the past five years. These violations occurred at the Moundville Lagoon BWRk Dec. 22, 2005
East Walker County WWTP N.O.I.S. Riverkeeper filed Notice of Intent to Sue the East Walker Sewer Authority on August 15, 2005 for illegal discharges into the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River. The letter of intent to sue outlines 4,473 violations of the federal Clean Water Act in the past four years BWRk Aug. 15, 2005
Donaldson Correctional Facility N.O.I.S. Black Warrior Riverkeeper files a Notice of Intent to sue Donaldson Correctional Facility for sewage-related violations at Big Branch Creek, a tributary of Valley Creek. BWRk Nov. 17, 2004
Honda Marine AquaTrax F12 Black Warrior Riverkeeper received from Honda Marine a donation of two Honda AquaTrax ® personal watercraft to be used in patrolling the Black Warrior River and its larger tributaries. These personal watercraft are used to look for illegal polluters, respond to citizen complaints, and take water quality samples BWRk Sept. 22, 2004
Vulcan Materials Bessemer Quarry N.O.I.S. Riverkeeper has served statutory notice on Vulcan Materials that it intends to sue the company for the illegal discharge at its Bessemer Quarry of harmful pollutants into Fivemile Creek, a tributary of Valley Creek which, in turn, is a tributary of the Black Warrior River. The notice sets out 465 violations BWRk Aug. 4, 2004
Graduate Fundraiser 2 The Graduate and The Sopranos star, Lorraine Bracco, Goes Above and Beyond To Support Alabama’s Black Warrior Riverkeeper BWRk Feb. 18, 2004
Graduate Fundraiser 1 Riverkeeper Has A True Friend In Lorraine Bracco, As Mrs. Robinson Sopranos Star Organizing Birmingham Fundraiser To Defend Alabama’s Black Warrior. BWRk Jan. 29, 2004
Zydeco’s Fundraiser September 2002 Black Warrior Riverkeeper® held its first annual Fall fundraiser at Zydeco’s on September 25, 2002. A spectacular night of music was provided by Fat Finger, Smokeshack, and Avery Ellis Exhibit(s) BWRk Sept. 26, 2002
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