Bham Now’s Nature Roundup – April 14th – Rivers of Alabama Day edition


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River advocates stormed the Capitol in Montgomery

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup April 14th edition sponsored by the JSU Little River Canyon Center.

Last Tuesday, April 11th was Rivers of Alabama Day.  This year, water protection groups throughout Alabama released a comprehensive interactive map detailing the 1200 plus sewage spills that occurred in 2016.  The map was a wake-up call.  As of today, three days later, the map has been viewed over 30,000 times.

Alabama Sewage Spills
Location of 2016 Alabama Sewage Spills

Along with the map, American Rivers announced their 2017 Most Endangered Rivers naming the Mobile Bay River Basin the 4th most endangered nationally.

Both stories this week have pushed to the forefront the need for a state water management plan (remember the drought of 2016?) and stronger “right to know” rules in Alabama.  With virtually no support financially coming from state government and much less money expected to be provided to the ADEM from EPA, how are we going to address these critical issues?  Stay tuned….

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Bham Now – Spot the two boys in the photo? They were swimming downstream of a 4000 gallon sewage spill… nobody told them

Bham Now – Mobile Bay River Basin makes American River’s 2017 “Most Endangered” list

Bham Now – For conservation – Birmingham Zoo brings back the Easter Ostrich Egg Auction (photos)

Bham Now – Celebrate darters, bikes and sunshine at the Darter Festival

Mobile Bay River Basin


WBRC – Water protection groups release map showing sewage spills across Alabama – Alabama had at least 1,271 sewage spills in 2016; See where they happened – America’s Amazon labeled one of ten most endangered river systems in nation

Alabama Rivers Alliance – Mobile Bay Rivers Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2017

WVTM – America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2017

Alabama NewsCenter – Millennials at University of Alabama pitch in with Renew Our Rivers on the Black Warrior River
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Visit Bham Now’s complete calendar at: Bham Now Outdoor Events Calendar

Cahaba River Society – Headwaters : The Cahaba River – April 18th

Coosa Riverkeeper – Fly Fishing Film Tour benefiting Coosa Riverkeeper – April 19th

Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Community Land Trust  – Dance Like There’s No Climate Change – April 21

Alabama Rivers Alliance – 2017 Earth Fest celebration – University of Montevallo – April 21

Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Earth Day at the Gardens– April 22nd

Black Warrior Riverkeeper – Earthbound’s Earthfest 2017 – April 22nd

University of Alabama – Earth Day BioBlitz at Moundville Archaeological Park – April 22

Little River Canyon Center – Earth Day at the Canyon – April 22nd

McWane Science Center – Earth Day at McWane – April 22nd

Birmingham Zoo – Tails in the Trails – April 28th

Ruffner Mountain – Spring Native Plant Sale – April 29th

GASP – Good People Brewing Beer of the Week – May 8-12

Birmingham Audubon – Birmingham Audubon Society’s Mountain Workshop – May 11-14

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Birmingham Public Library – Celebrate World Turtle Day – May 22nd

Cahaba River Society – Cahaba River Ramble 2017 – June 10th

Birmingham Zoo – 2017 Calendar of Events

Birmingham Audubon Society – 2017 Events

Sierra Club Alabama Chapter – Meetings and Hikes – December & January

Fresh Air Family – 2017 Calendar

Alabama Birding Trails Calendar

Ruffner Mountain – Calendar

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  • Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.