Black Warrior Riverkeeper

The Black Warrior and Cahaba Rivers are the only two major river systems contained entirely within the state of Alabama. The Black Warrior River is 178 miles long and flows through five counties into the Tombigbee River, which empties into Mobile Bay. The South's rapid population increase now threatens the river's future. Even though there is a myriad of private and public agencies who each have some role in the health of the Black Warrior and its tributaries, there is no single, independent entity responsible for the protection of the Black Warrior River.

Nelson Brooke, a Birmingham native, has been the Black Warrior Riverkeeper since January of 2004. Nelson is an Eagle Scout and outdoor enthusiast who has enjoyed fishing and hunting along the banks of the Black Warrior River since he was seven years old. Nelson was named “2010 Alabama River Hero” by the Alabama Rivers Alliance. As Riverkeeper, Nelson enjoys protecting the Black Warrior River and its tributaries from pollution, responds to citizen complaints, researches and analyzes polluters’ permits, collects samples for laboratory analysis, educates the public, advocates compliance with environmental laws, and is a spokesman for the Black Warrior River watershed.


712 37th St. South
Birmingham, Alabama 35222