Black Warrior Riverkeeper


Nelson Brooke
[email protected]
205. 458.0095

The Black Warrior River’s watershed is contained entirely within Alabama, drains 6,276 square miles & parts of 17 counties, and measures roughly 300 miles from top to bottom. The Black Warrior River watershed contains over 16,000 miles of streams and is home to 127 species of fish & over one million residents. Its headwater tributaries - Sipsey Fork, Mulberry Fork, & Locust Fork - begin within the rocky Cumberland Plateau. Once these rivers merge West of Birmingham, the Black Warrior flows southwest through the tail end of the Appalachian Mountains. Near Tuscaloosa, the river starts flowing through the sandy East Gulf Coastal Plain.  Here, the river’s vibrant floodplain, which floods thousands of acres of bald cypress and water tupelo wetlands, begins flowing through the Alluvial-Deltaic Plain within the Fall Line Hills and Alabama’s Black Prairie. At Demopolis the river flows into the Tombigbee River.

 Nelson Brooke has been the Black Warrior Riverkeeper since January of 2004. Nelson is an Eagle Scout and outdoor enthusiast who has enjoyed exploring, fishing, and hunting in the Black Warrior basin since he was seven years old. As Riverkeeper, Nelson patrols & photographs the Black Warrior River and its tributaries from the land, water, and air looking for pollution problems, responds to citizen complaints, researches and analyzes polluters’ permits, collects samples for laboratory analysis, coordinates with scientists & lawyers, works on finding solutions to pollution problems, advocates compliance with environmental laws, talks with media, educates the public, works to empower stakeholders throughout the watershed, and is the patrolman & spokesman for the Black Warrior River watershed. Nelson was named “2010 Alabama River Hero” by the Alabama Rivers Alliance.


712 37th Street South
Birmingham, Alabama 35222