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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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Earthbound’s Earthfest April 22 at Avondale Brewery Celebrates Black Warrior Riverkeeper

Saturday, April 22, 2pm to sundown, Earthbound headlines Earthbound’s Earthfest, their annual outdoor concert enjoyed by thousands at Avondale Brewery Photo (c) Nelson Brooke Black Warrior RiverkeeperSaturday, April 22, 2pm to sundown, Earthbound headlines Earthbound’s Earthfest, their annual outdoor concert enjoyed by thousands at Avondale Brewery (21 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222).

The purpose of Earthbound’s Earthfest is to celebrate Earth Day and promote Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization protecting the Black Warrior River basin.  That watershed includes parts of 17 Alabama counties and provides approximately half of Birmingham’s drinking water plus all of the water for Tuscaloosa and many other cities.

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Black Warrior Riverkeeper Saves Money and Energy with LED lights

Eagle Solar & Light announces its latest LED light installation at the offices of Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization based in Birmingham, Alabama.Eagle Solar & Light announces its latest LED light installation at the offices of Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization based in Birmingham, Alabama.

“The new LED lights will conserve energy and money, making us better stewards of natural resources and our supporters’ donations,” said Charles Scribner, Executive Director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper. “Morale has also improved among our employees and guests because our office lighting is noticeably better than the flickering fluorescents that previously loomed.”

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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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Riverkeeper Asks ADEM and Uniontown to Stop Catfish Processor from Disrupting Sewage Lagoon

Harvest Select catfish processing facility owned by Paul W. Bryant Jr.’s Greene Group, Inc, click here.  Photo by Nelson Brooke.  Flight by SouthWings.

Harvest Select catfish processing facility owned by Paul W. Bryant Jr.’s Greene Group, Inc. Photo by Nelson Brooke.  Flight by SouthWings.

Black Warrior Riverkeeper is asking the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (“ADEM”) and the City of Uniontown to stop allowing local catfish processor Harvest Select to disrupt the sewage treatment process at the failing Uniontown Lagoon and its Sprayfield #1.  Harvest Select, owned by Paul W. Bryant, Jr.’s Greene Group, Inc., discharges hundreds of thousands of gallons of processing wastewater into the Uniontown Lagoon every day.

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