5 key moments that shaped environmental history in Birmingham since the first Earth Day

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Volunteers at W.E. Putnam Middle School’s Audubon-Datnow Forest Preserve. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Happy Earth Day Birmingham! On this day, April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated not only here in the Magic City, but across the planet. 

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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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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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3 reasons you need to go to Good People Mar. 21 for the AirWave Block Party

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AirWave is back for its 9th annual block party supporting clean rivers. Photo courtesy of AirWave.

NOTICE: EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. PLEASE CONTINUE TO CHECK HERE FOR UPDATES.

Our rivers do A LOT for us Birmingham so it’s about time we celebrate them with a block party! Enjoy live music, beer, art and fight water pollution at the 9th annual AirWave Block Party on Sat., Mar. 21 at Good People Brewing. Come out and support the Black Warrior Riverkeeper and two other waterkeepers.

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My Heart Through Art

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Join us for an evening featuring a collection of small works carefully curated, perfect for Valentine’s gift giving! 100% of proceeds benefit the Black Warrior Riverkeeper. A portion of the sales from our permanant collection will also be donated. Our neighbor, Thomas Andrew Art will also be open and contributing. Wine & small plates to be served!

Want to stay safe from pollution while swimming in Alabama’s waters this summer? What to know before you go

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Photo via Coosa Riverkeeper Facebook page.

As a result of a recent major sewage spill and fish kill, caused by Tyson Foods/River Valley Ingredients 220,000-gallon wastewater spill two weeks ago, Birmingham area residents have growing concerns about swimming safely in our rivers, lakes and streams.

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In lieu of Valentine flowers go to “My Heart through Art” benefiting Black Warrior Riverkeeper on February 8

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“My Heart through Art” at the Liz Lane Gallery in Homewood on Friday, February 8th, 5:30PM  to 7:00PM. Photo from the Black Warrior Riverkeeper Facebook page

Forget flowers for Valentine’s Day. We just found the best place to purchase a gift for a loved one and show your deep affection for our rivers

Don’t miss “My Heart through Art” at the Liz Lane Gallery in Homewood on Friday, February 8th, 5:30PM  to 7:00PM.

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Black Warrior Riverkeeper Nelson Brooke featured in Field & Stream

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Nelson Brooke, Black Warrior Riverkeeper since 2004. Photo from Black Warrior Riverkeeper Facebook page.

This week, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Nelson Brooke, was featured in Field & Stream, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected popular publications on outdoor life.

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Explore Alabama’s natural wonders. Register today for The Alabama Beta, the state’s first 48 hour adventure race benefiting local conservation efforts

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Photo of Little River Canyon 2017 – by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Want to explore Alabama’s natural wonders, raise money for a good cause and do it all in one weekend? Register for the upcoming The Alabama Beta September 28-30.

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