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Black Belt Citizens and residents across Alabama to Unite at State Agency’s Headquarters to Demand Protection of Civil Rights


On August 19th, Uniontown residents and members from different and current Civil Rights Complaints throughout Alabama’s Black Belt region will unite in Montgomery at the next bi-monthly meeting of the Alabama Environmental Management Commission, the 6-member Governor-appointed commission that oversees the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). Residents from across the region are gathering at the meeting to address their concerns over reported Civil Rights Act violations by ADEM.  Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits any recipient of federal funds from discriminating on the basis of race, color, and national origin in its programs and activities.  According to Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health & Justice (BBC) President Esther Calhoun, “Here in Uniontown, our civil and human rights are being violated every day.  We feel like the permitting of Arrowhead Landfill to expand in size and trespass on New Hope Cemetery is a violation our civil rights.  That’s why we filed our Civil Rights Complaint in 2013 and that’s why we are here with other communities demanding justice.”


Alabama State Parks Bill a Victory for Conservation Voters


After more than a year since Alabama's budget crisis first threatened state parks, the state legislature has passed a bill calling for a vote on a constitutional amendment that would protect parks' funding from the debilitating administrative transfers that closed five of the twenty-two state parks.


After 3 Decades of Sewage Crisis, Black Belt Citizens Demand a Change

Uniontown sits at a very pivotal and important moment. In the midst of a sewage crisis that has lasted over 3 decades, Uniontown has to make a decision: will we build a wastewater treatment plant or more sprayfields? For most residents and community leaders with the Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health & Justice (BBC), the answer has always been: build a treatment plant, not more sprayfields. According to BBC Vice-President Ben Eaton: “Uniontown’s sprayfields have always been a major problem. Our sprayfields will not work because of the soil and geology. They did not work in 1992 when they built the first sprayfield, they did not work in 2012 when they brought in the $4.8 Million USDA grant, and they will not work now. We need a treatment plant. And we need our local and state officials to listen so we do not waste any more taxpayer’s money.” 


5 Ways to Create the Best Birmingham Staycation

5 Ways to Create the Best Birmingham Staycation

As we start to enjoy the peak of summer, now is the perfect time to start making plans for that one last warm-weather getaway in the coming month or two. Instead of planning a trip that takes you far away (and plunders your bank account), consider these great options for a surprisingly close and fun getaway that won’t break the bank. This summer, plan the perfect staycation, right here in Birmingham.


SweetWater Helps "Save the Black Warrior" in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa

SweetWater Brewing Company’s annual Brewery’s annual campaign raises funds for Waterkeepers and other environmental groups across the nation

SweetWater Brewing Company’s annual "Save Our Water" program returns to Birmingham and Tuscaloosa in July and August to support Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization.  Sales of t-shirts, custom pint glasses, and signature-ready "fundraising fish" at participating restaurants, bars and stores will raise funds and awareness for local water resources.

The "Save Our Water" program will be called "Save the Black Warrior" in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa.  SweetWater’s local distributors, Birmingham Budweiser in Birmingham and Adams Beverages in Tuscaloosa, will help the brewery and Black Warrior Riverkeeper coordinate the program.  Mountain High Outfitters will donate prizes to bartenders and servers who raise the most money for Black Warrior Riverkeeper at each of the participating businesses.

"Our collaboration with SweetWater has raised over $71,000 since 2008 for the vital but vulnerable Black Warrior watershed," said Charles Scribner, Executive Director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper. "The program returns to Birmingham for the first time since 2012 while continuing its 8-year streak in Tuscaloosa."


Holiday festivities on Black Warrior River Dampened by Sewer Spill at City of Northport

Sewer spill on the Black Warrior River over 4th of Jully holiday weekendUPDATE: July 5th from Black Warrior Riverkeeper.

The Black Warrior River seems to have been besieged with contaminating pollution spills in recent weeks. First there was the chemical spill at the Alabama Power Gorgas Steam Plant, and now a major sewer spill at the City of Northport where repairs were being made on the sewer system.

On Sunday July 3, Northport posted this statement on their Facebook page which also fed to their website:

"Temporary repairs to the damaged wastewater force main located on 5th Street have been made. All sanitary sewer overflows have been stopped. Permanent repairs will begin Tuesday. 5th Street will be closed beginning at 9:00 a.m. and will remain closed throughout the day while repairs are made. City personnel will continue to monitor the situation and will work with ADEM accordingly on reporting and clean up requirements."


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