What we do:
Our purpose is to protect & restore Alabama's rivers. To do this, we advocate smart water policy, organize at the grassroots level, and teach citizens how they can protect their water. We are privately funded and accomplish our mission with the financial support of people like you. Our goal is to achieve healthy rivers, healthy people, and a healthy system of government for the state of Alabama.
ALABAMA RIVERS ALLIANCE
ALABAMA WATER RALLY
ARA is thrilled to bring Alabama Water Rally to Mobile as part of River Network's River Rally 2016! As a special treat, the first 100 registrants will get to attend the Alabama Water Rally portion (Friday, May 20) for FREE!
Thank you to our generous sponsors EBSCO, Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation and Dell & Dixon Brooke for this special treat. Hurry and register today!
NEW! Alabama Rivers Alliance now seeking applications for Alliance Coordinator. Click here for complete job description.
SB367 is a bill that Senator Orr has introduced that will define the major watersheds in Alabama for the purposes of future data collection and water management. This identifies four watershed areas in the state at the "30,000 foot" level:
- Tennessee River watershed
- Mobile Bay watershed and surrounding coastal areas
- Coastal Plains*
- and the Chattahoochee River**
*The reasoning behind the coastal plain grouping is that this area relies primarily on ground water aquifers that do not follow watershed boundaries.
**The Chattahoochee was singled out due to the ongoing ACF dispute.
The greatest benefit from this bill is the official recognition of the Mobile Bay watershed.
While we wholeheartedly support SB367, this bill should in no way substitute for a statewide #AlabamaWaterPlan, nor do we suggest that this would dictate how the state will ultimately manage interbasin transfers which, in our opinion, should be considered on at least the sub-watershed level. However, this is a great starting place for discussions in the statehouse as we continue our work in the Focus Panels.
LEGISLATIVE LUNCH & LEARN
ARA Program Director Mitch Reid hosted a Legislative Lunch & Learn on January 27 to update our members and partners on the upcoming Legislative Session and how it relates to our work as we #DefendRivers. Click here to listen to the call.
Click here to download the slides from the presentation.
CAN WE COUNT ON YOUR SUPPORT FOR 2016?
Click here to read our year-end review and 2016 appeal from ARA Executive Director, Cindy Lowry.
Click here to read a letter from newest ARA Board Member, Tom McLeod.
Click here to Gift a Membership!
NEW COAL ASH REGULATIONS
as of September 30, 2015
On September 30, 2015, the EPA finalized a rule revising the regulations for the Steam Electric Power Generating category. The rule sets the first federal limits on the levels of toxic metals in wastewater that can be discharged from power plants, based on technology improvements in the steam electric power industry over the last three decades. Read more here.
Alabama Rivers Alliance is carefully reviewing the new rule and will offer our analysis soon.
In the meantime, please take a look at these documents outlining the many problems with Coal Ash throughout Alabama.
For more information, please contact Mitch Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alabama Rivers Alliance is Alabama's statewide, nonprofit, water protection organization.
Networking over fifty grassroots water protection organizations across Alabama at the local level and advocating smart planning and reasonable laws at the state level, we work to ensure healthy waters for future generations by empowering the citizens of Alabama to protect our waterways.