“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.
State 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.
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.
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.