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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!

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY! 

 

Job Opening!

NEW! Alabama Rivers Alliance now seeking applications for Alliance Coordinator. Click here for complete job description.

 

SB367

Mobile Basin

 

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.

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE BILL.

 

Mark your calendars!


There are a few important dates coming up for our members and partners regarding our work for a comprehensive Alabama Water Plan. We invite you to join us for the following meetings and events.

MARCH 15 -- Permanent Joint Legislative Committee for Water Policy & Management (Water Committee) meeting. ARA's Program Director Mitch Reid will be addressing the Water Committee about the Alabama Water Plan. Make plans to attend and show your support for an #AlabamaWaterPlan.

NEW! CLICK HERE to see Mitch's handout for the Water Committee concerning flows in Alabama. 
 
APRIL 5 -- Alabama Water Agencies Working Group (AWAWG) Meeting in Auburn, AL  This will be the first public meeting for citizens to hear the progress report from the governor-appointed focus panels convening to develop a Water Plan for Alabama. Details will be announced soon so please stay tuned.

1 PM | CASIC Building | Auburn, AL 36832


APRIL 12 -- Rivers of Alabama Day. We're bringing it back! Make plans now to join us in Montgomery for a special day of celebrating rivers and meeting with our elected officials to ask them to consider water and the importance of protecting water in all of their legislative actions. More details soon but trust us, you do NOT want to miss out!


Rivers of Alabama Day was established in 2007 when the Alabama State Legislature passed a resolution establishing the second Tuesday in April as Rivers of Alabama Day. Supported by both houses of the legislature, the purpose of this day is “to recognize the many valuable assets rivers bring to the State of Alabama.” 


Click here to read the resolution recognizing Rivers of Alabama Day.

MAY 20 -- Alabama Water Rally in Mobile, AL. Have you registered yet? Don't miss the boat! CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

JULY 9 -- #DefendRivers paddle! Join the Alabama Rivers Alliance for a trip down the river to send a message to our elected officials to consider water and the importance of protecting water in all of their legislative actions. Details coming soon, but mark your calendar today!

If you have any questions about any of the upcoming events, please contact us at info@alabamarivers.org or by calling us at 205-322-6395. 

 

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?

 
 

*NEW* Click here to read our 2015 Annual Report.

 

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.

 

COAL ASH FACT SHEET

ALABAMA COAL ASH FACT SHEET

MAP OF ALABAMA DRINKING WATER AND COAL ASH PLANTS NEARBY

COAL ASH IN ALABAMA COMPREHENSIVE REPORT

 

IMPORTANT DATES -- ENFORCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND THE FEDERAL CCR FINAL RULE.

 

For more information, please contact Mitch Reid at mreid@alabamarivers.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.


Alabama Rivers Alliance Program Director Mitch Reid discusses the Alabama Rivers Alliance's mission and the Alabama Water Agenda with Leslie Grill of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System

He explores water policy, enforcement, coordination, and funding issues as outlined by the Alabama Water Agenda.

 

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