Black Warrior River named one of nation’s most endangered rivers

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – A river in Alabama is one of the nation’s most endangered rivers.

The non-profit organization “American Rivers” says a proposed coal mine would threaten clean drinking water as well as river health, wildlife and private property.

The Black Warrior River is threatened by a proposed coal mine at Shepherd Bend on the Black Warrior River’s Mulberry Fork in Walker County.

“Water bills could also go up, because if this mine goes in, the Birmingham Water Works Board would have to invest in more infiltration technology at their source,” Charles Scribner the Executive Director of the Black Warrior Riverkeeper said.

The mine would discharge wastewater at 29 points, including one that is located 800 feet across from the Birmingham Water Works board drinking water intake facility.

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