Black Warrior River
Threat: Coal mining
At risk: Drinking water quality and fish and wildlife habitat
The Black Warrior River provides drinking water, recreational opportunities, and supports threatened fish and wildlife. However, the river’s clean water is threatened by the Shepherd Bend Mine, which would discharge polluted wastewater from coal mining into the river’s Mulberry Fork in 29 places, including one only 800 feet from a drinking water intake. To mine the proposed area, Drummond Company must obtain leases from property owners, particularly the University of Alabama. The University must stand up for the health of students and area residents, and permanently refuse to sell or lease land or mineral rights at Shepherd Bend for mining.