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.
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.
Statewide Petition Pushes for Meaningful Process to Warn and Protect Public
Nine conservation groups from across the state petitioned Alabama’s Environmental Management Commission to write regulations requiring sewage treatment facilities to notify the public when they are exposed to sewage spills and overflows.
Program features a toll-free phone number for fishermen to hear advisories in their watershed
Coosa Riverkeeper has developed a new program, FISH GUIDE, as a response to surveys conducted with more than 125+ fishermen on the Coosa River. In addition to providing fishermen with supplementary information about the fish consumption advisories, the new program also features a toll-free hotline for fishermen to immediately hear the advisories throughout the State.
Good People Brewing Company is hosting the 6th Annual AirWave festival to benefit Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Cahaba Riverkeeper, and Coosa Riverkeeper, from 1pm to Midnight on Saturday, March 25. The family-friendly public event features dozens of live bands, talented artists, charity exhibits, local food trucks, and Good People’s award-winning beers brewed on premises.
Full Scorecard available in English and Spanish here
Two weeks after former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) was confirmed as the U.S. Attorney General, Sessions' score of 0% on the League of Conservation Voters' (LCV) 2016 National Environmental Scorecard offers insight into what his priorities may be in his new role.