Volunteers remove nearly 3 tons of trash from Black Warrior Watershed in 2021

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Black Warrior Riverkeeper cleanups in 2021. Photo via Black Warrior Riverkeeper Watershed

Back in January of this year, Bham Now reported on an important Black Warrior Riverkeeper initiative to rid the watershed and local neighborhoods of trash. Three months into 2021, they have enlisted the help of more than 250 volunteers to remove nearly 3 tons of debris. 

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See Birmingham’s first “flex” lanes and learn why it matters (photos)

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Flex lane on Birmingham’s 20th Street North. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Have you driven toward downtown Birmingham on 20th Street between 1st Avenue North and 3rd Avenue North lately? The right lanes on both sides of the boulevard are colorfully painted green, orange and purple with the word “FLEX” painted on the street. What is it? Answer: Birmingham’s first permanent flex lanes. 

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is April 24. Here are the details.

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Jefferson County Household Hazardous Waste Day in 2020. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Save the date Jefferson County!  The annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is fast approaching. Start gathering up all the items you need to toss NOW. Need details?

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List of tornado relief efforts underway in the Birmingham metro area

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Photo of March 25, 2021 tornado damage in Pelham, Alabama. Photo via Pelham Police Department Facebook page

On March 25th, a string of destructive tornadoes and storms struck numerous communities in the Birmingham metro area. A partial list of local cities and neighborhoods reporting damage include Pelham, Helena, Hoover, Indian Springs, the Roebuck neighborhood in Birmingham and adjacent residential and commercial areas. 

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Hunker down Birmingham, “High Risk” in the forecast for Alabama

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The March 25, 2021 , 5:00a.m. forecast via the NWS Birmingham Office

Be prepared Birmingham. Today, the Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the severe weather potential for most of Northwest and Central Alabama to “High Risk,” it’s highest severe and dangerous weather threat level. 

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3 remarkable women who left their mark on girls’ high school sports in Alabama

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Alabama girls’ high school sports pioneer Noona Kennard. Photo via Noona Kennard for Bham Now

Trailblazer. Character builder. Champion. 

This month in honor of Women’s History Month, I interviewed three remarkable women, Noona Kennard, Yvonne Michelle Simmons and Cat Reddick-Whitehill. Each one made a lasting impact on girls’ high school sports in Alabama

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Jefferson County launches 1st sewer overflow warning system in Alabama

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Jefferson County EverBridge notification system is being used to notify citizens about sewer overflows. Photo via Jefferson County

Jefferson County is one of the first communities in Alabama to use a multi-outlet early warning and notification system to alert local residents about sewer overflows in nearby rivers, creeks, streams and lakes. 

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Former Bayer Properties HQ to get a major facelift, secures new anchor tenant

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Rendering of the renovated former Bayer Properties Headquarter building on Birmingham’s Southside. This view is from Arlington. Image via D&A Companies

Remember in the fall of 2019 a red balloon floating on Birmingham’s Southside near Sirote Permutt’s Crescent Building? At the time there was a proposal to build a 10 story boutique hotel, condominium and spa at the site of the former Bayer Headquarters. The red balloon was used to help local residents get an idea how tall the building would stand in the Redmont/Highland Park neighborhoods.

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