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UA PR Student Earns Grant for Riverkeeper Internship

Hope Runyan, Blackwarrior Riverkeeper InternHope Runyan, a senior at The University of Alabama, has received a grant from the Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation to work with Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization. Runyan, a senior majoring in public relations, will work for the organization as a communications intern throughout the summer. The grant, provided by a partnership between the Munson Foundation and The University of Alabama’s Department of Advertising and Public Relations, is the highest award given to a student in the College of Communication and Information Sciences.

“I am so honored to receive this grant have the opportunity to work with an organization that has such a big impact on Alabama.” said Runyan, a resident of Bessemer, Ala. “By directly affecting communities and having such a large influence throughout the state, Black Warrior Riverkeeper is allowing me to build on my communications skills in every task.”

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Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s 15th Anniversary: June 15th on the Bama Belle Riverboat

“Cruisin’ on the River”-- Beer, Food, Tunes and a Sunset Cruise with the Black Warrior Riverkeeper

“Cruisin’ on the River”-- Beer, Food, Tunes and a Sunset Cruise

On Thursday, June 15 from 6-9 P.M., Black Warrior Riverkeeper will celebrate 15 years of clean water advocacy with the event “Cruisin’ on the River.” The Black Warrior River sunset cruise will feature live music, dinner and local beer on the iconic Bama Belle Riverboat, which docks by the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk at 1 Greensboro Ave. 

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State Acknowledges Need for Better Public Notification of Sewage Spills

State Denied Water Groups’ Petition, But Will Conduct Study to Improve Public NotificationState Denied Water Groups’ Petition, But Will Conduct Study to Improve Public Notification

Alabama’s Environmental Management Commission (“EMC”) voted to deny a statewide petition filed by nine water protection groups to initiate rulemaking to require better public notification of sewage spills and overflows.  In doing so, the EMC announced plans to study the issue and consider rulemaking at a later date to improve public notification of sewage spills.

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Conservation Groups Challenge Coal Mine’s Stream Fill Permit on the Locust Fork

Conservation groups are challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of another permit authorizing coal mining material to be dumped into streams that feed into the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River in Jefferson County.  The groups charge that the federal agency failed to account for the permit’s adverse effects on a watershed that has been continuously degraded by previous and current mining activities for decades.

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