As part of an overall effort to improve reporting and public notification of sewage overflows, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) has released two new tools.
Alabama Power recently released coal ash inundation maps for five of its power plants in Alabama, including all three power plants located in the Black Warrior River basin. Coal ash is the waste that remains after coal is burned. It contains toxic heavy metals including mercury, arsenic, selenium, and chromium, which are harmful to human health, water resources, and wildlife.
Hope 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.”
“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.
Seven conservation groups from across Alabama have petitioned the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to review the process undertaken by the Environmental Protection Agency to determine whether the State of Alabama is complying with its obligations to protect water in Alabama.