3 river events near Birmingham in March, including Alabama Water Rally

Alabama rivers
Waterkeepers in Alabama honored by the Alabama Rivers Alliance. Photo from Facebook

With all the rain we’ve been having – 20+ inches! – since the new year, isn’t this a good time to learn how to defend our rivers, lakes and streams?

There are three big can’t miss events this March in Birmingham and at Camp McDowell for folks who care about clean water.

Birmingham Alabama
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Photo by Pat Byington

Learn more about them below!

Become a Watershed Steward – March 5th

Our good friends at the Alabama Cooperative Extension System Water Program, in partnership with Alabama Water Watch and  Auburn University Water Resource Center are holding an all day Alabama Water Steward Workshop at the Birmingham Business Alliance Financial Center (505 20th Street North, Suite 200) on Thursday, March 5th, beginning at 8:30am.

This day-long gathering is a crash course on how to protect and improve water quality and empower communities.

The workshop is open to the public, and it cost $25.  It is a bargain.  You can register at the door.

Alabama Water Rally – March 12-15

Alabama Water Rally – the annual gathering of our state’s water protection groups and supporters starts next Thursday on March 12th at “wonderful, wonderful CAMP McDowell!” in Nauvoo, Alabama (15 miles from Jasper).

Registration ends on Friday, MARCH 6th.

Our favorite author Scot Duncan (check out his book Southern Wonder) is giving the keynote.  Also, Colette Pichon Battle, founder and executive director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy will be on hand to fire up the river warriors.

See her TED Talk below which already has 75,000 views!

If you care about Alabama’s rivers and want to “plug-in” and make a difference, this event is for YOU. Organized by the Alabama Rivers Alliance, they have got scholarships available – but you MUST REGISTER by Friday, March 6th.  Get all the detals – HERE.

9th Annual AirWave at Good People – March 21

Mark your calendars.

Good People Brewing Company is once again hosting the 9th Annual AirWave festival to benefit Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Cahaba Riverkeeper and Coosa Riverkeeper, from 1 PM to 10 PM on Saturday, March 21. 

The family-friendly public event features dozens of live bands, talented craft vendors, a silent auction, local food trucks and Good People’s high quality beers brewed on premises.

This will be… like my 5th AirWave – and they never disappoint.

Visit the AirWave website – HERE – for all the details.

We look forward to seeing you!  Let us know if there are any other March Nature events.  Send the deets to hello@bhamnow.com


  • 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.