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					S a v e t h e D a t e : Wa t e r s h e d L e a d e r s h i p C o n f e r e n c e • M a r c h 1 4 - 1 6 , 2 0 0 8 • C a m p B e c k w i t h o n We e k ’s B a y, F a i r h o p e A L

                                                                            River Ties
                                                                             The newsletter of the Alabama Rivers Alliance
                                                                                                                                   Autumn 2007

          Alabama Rivers Alliance flows into second decade
         T    his is an exciting time of big changes for
              the Alabama Rivers Alliance! So far this
         year we have launched the Alabama Water
                                                                                                     Despite the loss of some wonderful and
                                                                                                   dedicated staff, we are pleased to announce
                                                                                                   two new staff members hired in July: Liz
         Agenda, transitioned to a new Executive                                                   Salter as the Watershed Organizer and Katie
         Director, celebrated our ten-year anniversary,                                            Robertson-Shaddix as the Administrative
         produced the largest and most successful                                                  Assistant (see their profiles below). We are
         Watershed Leadership Conference ever,                                                     also grateful for the continued dedication
         organized the first River Action Day, produced                                            of senior program staff member April Hall,
         the second annual River Revival, and hired two                                            who has now been with the organization for
         new staff members.                                                                        almost five years.
           In January, as the Alabama Rivers Alliance                                                As the saying goes, “Change is inevitable;
         staff and Board of Directors prepared for our                                             growth is intentional.” The Alabama Rivers
         big tenth Anniversary celebration, (more on                                               Alliance staff, board of directors, and
         page 6), we also faced a leadership transition.                                           advisory board members are committed to
         After more than six years of service to the                                               ensuring this period of change will be a time
         Alliance, Adam Snyder announced he was                                                    of enhanced growth for the organization,
                                                                        Cindy Lowry
         moving to his next phase in life as director of                                           enabling us to continue addressing the ever-
                                                                    Executive Director
         the group Conservation Alabama (formerly                                                  increasing needs of Alabama’s rivers and
         AlaLEAVs).                                                                                watershed guardian organizations.
           Grateful for Adam’s service and poised                                                    As the Alliance flows into our second
         with strong Board leadership, the Alliance was able to transition      decade of working to empower Alabama’s citizens to protect
         smoothly, and they appointed me as the new Executive Director          clean, healthy waters, we are excited about the movement
         in April. After serving two years as the Watershed Leadership          on many important water protection initiatives, such as the
         Coordinator for the organization, I am honored and excited to be       Alabama Water Agenda. As you read through this newsletter,
         taking on this important new role.                                     you will be updated on many of our ongoing projects as well
           We were also sad to see the departure of Jennifer Rupe Cromer        as important emerging issues facing our waterways. With each
         earlier this year. Jennifer, who served as Development Director,       article, we hope that you will see the great strides being made in
         was married this spring and moved to Georgia with her new              Alabama’s river protection movement and be proud that you are
         family.                                                                the foundation of support for these important efforts.

                                             Liz Salter is ARA’s new Watershed                                                     Katie Robertson-Shaddix joins
                                             Organizer. An Alabama Native                                                          our staff as an administrative
                                             and graduate of Jacksonville                                                          assistant. A lifelong outdoor
                                             State University, Liz has a major                                                     enthusiast, she grew up
                                             in Geographic Information                                                             swimming, fishing, and kayaking
                                             Systems. She has been actively                                                        in our state’s rivers. She received
                                             involved in environmental issues                                                      her BA in English from the
                                             since graduating and moving                                                           University of Montevallo and will
                                             to Birmingham in 2003. Liz                                                            receive her MA in English from
                                             recently finished a year working                                                      UAB this spring. In her free time,
                                             for the Cahaba River Society in the                                                   she and her husband David enjoy
                                             Lower Cahaba Basin, serving in                                                        camping, hiking, and paddling
                                             AmeriCorps.                                                                           with their three dogs.

                                                         w w w. A l a b a m a R i v e r s . o rg
    A l a b a m a R i v e r s A l l i a n c e • 2 0 2 7 2 n d Av e n u e N o r t h , S u i t e A • B i r m i n g h a m , A l a b a m a 3 5 2 0 3
Alabama Rivers Alliance
    2027 2nd Avenue North, Suite A                River Resolution
        Birmingham, AL 35203
                                                    During the 2007 Legislative session, the Alabama Legislature passed a River Reso-
         Phone: (205) 322-6395                    lution officially designating the second Tuesday in April as Rivers of Alabama Day.
                                                  Thanks the efforts of our partners at Conservation Alabama (formerly AlaLEAVs) and
          Fax: (205) 322-6397                     caring legislators like Senator Ted Little (D, District 27) who introduced the resolution,
 www.alabamarivers.org                            we now have an official day dedicated to celebrating our magnificent rivers.
                                                    April 8, 2008 will mark the first Rivers of Alabama Day. The Alabama Rivers Alliance
                                                  will celebrate this day by holding our second annual River Action Day in Montgomery.
      Board of Directors                          All citizens are invited to join us in Montgomery on this special day to celebrate rivers
                                                  and let your elected officials know how important it is to protect Alabama’s water
                2007-2008                         resources. More details about River Action Day will be coming soon.

  President                    Dr. Robert Angus
  Vice President               E. Alston Ray           Alliance Director Travels to Mexico with
  Treasurer                    William East                      Global Water Watch
  Secretary                    David Branham
                                                                                                Alliance Director Cindy Lowry gathers
              John Ackerman                                                                     samples from the Pixquiac River during
          Rev. Mark Johnston                                                                    a Total Suspended Solids and Stream
                                                                                                Discharge training in Coatapec, Mexico.
              Edwin Lamberth                                                                    Cindy traveled to Mexico for 12 days
           Eartha McGoldrick                                                                    in August with Auburn University’s
                                                                                                Global Water Watch Veracruz program.
                 Phil Sankey                                                                    During her trip she was able to share the
              Wendy Seesock                                                                     work of the Rivers Alliance with citizen
                                                                                                monitors in Mexico who are working to
       L.Simone Washington, Esq
                                                                                                protect their local watersheds through
              Susanna Whitsett                                                                  development of a community-based
      Of Counsel William Andreen                                                                water monitoring program, designed by
                                                                                                our Alabama Water Watch partners.

         Advisory board

                2007-2008                         River’s Alliance Staff Appreciates
  Dr. Ramble Ankumah           Karan Bailey       Summer Interns
  Bill Bennet                  Sean Flynt
  Ben Ferrill                  Randy Haddock      The Rivers Alliance staff and Board of Directors would like to thank Birmingham
                                                  Southern College for providing our wonderful 2006 and 2007 summer interns through
  Henry Hughes                 Joseph B. Mays     their Hess Center Fellow program. Farley Lord and Rebekah Pine were a huge help to
  Michael Mullen               John Scott         the Alliance staff during their 8 week summer internships with us and we are so grateful
                                                  for their contribution. Farley graduated last year, but Rebekah, a junior, continues to
  Beth Young                   Dr. Art Benke      volunteer with the Alliance once a week.

                                                       The work of the Rivers Alliance would not have been possible without the
                   Staff                              generous support of the following funders during our 2006-2007 fiscal year:
           Executive Director                                                          ABAHAC
                Cindy Lowry                                                         American Rivers
                                                                            Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
    Watershed Protection Specialist                                   Clean Water Network Sate Assistance Fund
                April Hall, PE                                      Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
                                                                                 Corps Reform Network
          Watershed Organizer                                             Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation
                                                                                 Southern Partners Fund
                  Liz Salter
                                                                                  World Wildlife Fund
        Administrative Assistant
                Katie Shaddix
                                                   River Ties        Water Is Life
                                     Grassroots Highlights
Wolf Bay Recieves                               classified as OAW. The newest to receive
                                                this classification and the only bay is Wolf
                                                                                                during this period of rapid development,
                                                                                                and reducing or eliminating effects of
OAW Status                                      Bay, situated on the eastern side of the
                                                mouth of Perdido Bay, near Orange Beach
                                                                                                  To achieve the OAW classification,
                                                and Gulf Shores. OAW provides stronger          WBWW members provided ten years of
    ADEM Administrative Code 335-6-             protections on water bodies with this classi-   citizen monitoring data and data from other
10-.09 establishes seven water use clas-        fication, such as increased requirements for    state agencies to the Alabama Department
sifications, the highest of which is called     new or additional point sources of pollution    of Environmental Management. They
Outstanding Alabama Water (OAW).                and more stringent water quality standards.     also developed a watershed management
According to the Code, “high quality waters       For over ten years, the citizens of Wolf      plan and worked hard to gather the support
that constitute an outstanding Alabama          Bay have been monitoring water chemistry        of city and county officials. Petitioning
resource, such as waters of state parks and     in the bay. They started as Alabama Water       ADEM for a higher use classification on
wildlife refuges and waters of exceptional      Watch volunteers and then formed a grass-       your water body is no easy task, and we,
recreational or ecological significance,        roots watershed protection group called         at the Alabama Rivers Alliance, are proud
may be considered for classification as an      Wolf Bay Watershed Watch (WBWW). The            of all of the hard work WBWW members
OAW.”                                           primary goals of WBWW are raising public        and other concerned citizens have done to
  Only five water bodies in Alabama are         awareness about the bay and its tributaries,    achieve this important goal for Wolf Bay.
                                                creating a baseline of environmental data

                                                    Other Important Distinctions
Outstanding National Resource Water (ONRW) – ONRW is a                  National Wild and Scenic Rivers - The National Wild and Scenic
designation established by the EPA through the Clean Water Act.         Rivers Act was signed into law in 1968 by President Lyndon B.
ONRW waters as defined in ADEM Administrative Code 335-6-10-            Johnson and is administered by the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau
.10 are “high quality waters that constitute an outstanding National    of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
resource, such as waters of national and state parks and wildlife       Service, and U.S. Forest Service to protect, “certain selected rivers
refuges and waters of exceptional recreational or ecological signifi-   of the Nation which, with their immediate environments, possess
cance.” Protections for waters designated as ONRW include no new        outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and
or increased discharges that lower water quality to the river or its    wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar value.” It also ensures
tributaries. ONRW must be state designated before receiving final       that the waters, “be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that
EPA approval. The Little River and certain tributaries in DeKalb        they and their immediate environments shall be protected for the
and Cherokee Counties are designated ONRWs, along with the              benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.” Sipsey
Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior and certain tributaries, and a 2.7     Fork of the Black Warrior River is the only river in Alabama that has
mile stretch of Weeks Bay.                                              a National Wild and Scenic Designation.

Discovering Alabama:                            Vice President and Huntsville City Ecolo-
                                                gist Soos Weber, renowned outdoor writer
                                                                                                   Thanks to the Flint River Conservation
                                                                                                  Association for inviting the Alabama
                                                                                                  Rivers Alliance to take part in this event.
“The Flint River”                               J. Wayne Fears, UAH biologist Dr. Bruce
                                                Stallsmith, and Alabama’s oldest living           Quotes are taken from the FRCA August
                                                farmer, Thomas McCrary.                           007 newsletter.
                                                 We hope that this initiates ongoing and           Note: The Flint River Conservation
  Discovering Alabama is an Emmy nomi-                                                            Association has produced teacher guides
nated documentary series about the rich         positive discussion between local conser-
                                                vationists and developers and inspires            for Discovering Alabama: “The Flint
natural history and heritage of Alabama.                                                          River” for teachers in Madison County
An episode featuring the Flint River aired      new generations to protect the Flint River
                                                Watershed.                                        and is collecting funds to distribute guides
on Alabama Public Television on August                                                            to neighboring counties.
21st and 22nd. The premiere was hosted
in Huntsville by the Flint River Conserva-
tion Association at the Monte Sano State       About the Watershed Leadership Program
Park Lodge with overwhelming atten-
dance of FRCA members, landowners,
and developers, and local citizens.              The Watershed Leadership Program is ARA’s networking, outreach, and education arm.
  “Discovering Alabama has many                The Alliance is working to establish a guardian in every Alabama watershed. This program
friends in the Huntsville area,” says series   helps organizations by providing tools and training, organizational development workshops,
creator and producer Dr. Doug Phillips.        one-on-one consultations, and offers one of the best environmental learning experiences
“We know there are lots of good people         of the year with our Watershed Leadership Conference (WLC.) The WLC is a three-day
working to raise awareness about issues
facing the Flint. We hope this episode will    training packed with workshops on watershed science, policy, and capacity building, all led
aid in that endeavor.”                         by local, state, and national experts.
  The episode tracks Dr. Phillips and            ARA is working to build, support, and unite grassroots groups through our e-newsletter,
the Discovering Alabama team as they           action alerts, and critical news information. Benefits of joining ARA include: discounts to
head downstream toward the Tennessee           the Conference, free booth at our annual River Revival, online resources, online directory of
River, interviewing folks with special
connections to the river along the way.        other citizen-based watershed organizations, consultation and workshops, meeting facilita-
Among those interviewed were FRCA              tion, organizational assessments, and much more.

                                                     River Ties         Water Is Life
                                                 Current Issues
ADEM Update                                                              Water Agenda Update
  A diverse group of organizations, individu-      Thanks to the support of Alliance members,
ally and collectively as the ADEM Reform        grassroots groups, and citizens, we have more
Coalition, continue to work on many fronts      than 350 endorsements of the Alabama Water
to improve the Alabama Department of            Agenda. We also have more than 35 endorse-
Environmental Management and hold               ments from local, regional, and national groups,
them accountable for protecting the state’s     representing thousands of Alabama citizens!
environment.                                    These endorsements will help the Alliance
Cancer                                          illustrate strong support for clean, healthy
  This past April, 18 organizations lead by     waters as we work with volunteers and groups
the Alabama Rivers Alliance filed a peti-       to improve water policy in our state. Please
tion to the Environmental Management            continue to encourage your friends, neighbors,
Commission (ADEM’s oversight board) to          and coworkers to endorse the Agenda. Endorse
strengthen the regulations governing the        on-line at www.AlabamaWaterAgenda.com.
amount of cancer-causing pollutants allowed        In May, the first annual River Action Day was
in our state’s waters. In spite of this seem-   held in Montgomery to promote the Alabama Water Agenda to state legislators and support
ingly sensible public health policy to reduce   environmental legislation. With almost 30 people in attendance and some great River
the risk of getting cancer from contact with    Action Day t-shirts (see photo), we really made an impression in the State House. Mark
Alabama’s waters, the EMC insisted on           your calendars for April 8, 2008 (Rivers of Alabama Day) and join us for the next River
further study before making a ruling. A         Action Day.
study committee was convened by ADEM
which included state agencies, academic
experts, business leaders, and two represen-    sion-making, better deterrence for potential     for environmental justice. So far, the only
tatives from the environmental community.       polluters, and improved compliance assis-        component we have seen from this plan
The study group held one meeting and was        tance for violators. We are encouraged that      that is being implemented is EJ training
asked to submit answers to a long list of       these efforts are now being discussed and we     for ADEM staff. The ADEM Reform
questions regarding many technical aspects      look forward to seeing how the new policies      Coalition continues to push for cumulative
of the issue. The findings of this committee    are implemented within the Department.           risk assessments to address the problem
have not yet been discussed and cancer-         Environmental Justice                            of pollution in low-income and minority
causing pollutants continue to be discharged      Environmental justice (EJ) is the practice     populations. While we are encouraged to
into Alabama’s waterways at levels higher       of applying environmental laws uniformly         see ADEM initiating conversation about EJ,
than most other states and with protection      for the protection of all people and commu-      the real problems will not be addressed until
measures at the bottom end of the range         nities and continues to be a priority for the    ADEM begins to move beyond education
recommended by the Environmental Protec-        ADEM Reform Coalition. Members of                and outreach and incorporates real solutions
tion Agency. The issue is on the agenda for     Coalition partner Alabama Arise once again       for Alabama’s environmental injustices.
the December EMC meeting.                       voted EJ as a priority
Enforcement                                     issue for their legisla-
  The Alliance, along with the ADEM             tive advocacy efforts
                                                in 2008. This further                Duck River Dam Update
Reform Coalition and various individual
organizations, has been pushing the Depart-     strengthens the ability
ment to improve enforcement practices and       of the Coalition to            The Corps of Engineers has issued a second permit to
policies for many years. Lack of strong         work at the legislative      Cullman-Morgan Water Authority for the construction of a dam
enforcement actions that deter polluters        and agency level to          and 640-acre reservoir on the Duck River in Cullman County.
and lack of policies that provide clarity and   increase the effective-      The first permit was overturned in 2003 in federal district court
consistency in the enforcement of permit        ness of EJ programs.         in a case brought by the Alliance and partner organizations.
violations are issues of great concern to       At the August EMC            The Duck River is one of the major tributaries of the Mulberry
the Alliance and partners. At the August        meeting, ADEM                Fork of the Black Warrior River and provides outstanding class
EMC meeting, ADEM Director Trey Glenn           Director Trey Glen           I/II whitewater paddling. The Alliance and several partner
announced that the agency has developed         announced ADEM’s             organizations are taking steps to appeal the permit as issued by
a “new and improved” enforcement and            “11 Steps to a Better        the Corps. We still need help with our legal expense, so please
compliance strategy. Some of the goals          Alabama” plan, which         consider a special contribution to the Alliance.
of this new strategy include increased          is reportedly the
clarity, transparency, consistency in deci-     Department’s plan

                                                     River Ties         Water Is Life
                                                   Current Issues
The Drought and                                ably withdrawn from a body of water and
                                               still preserve the instream ecological uses
                                                                                                agriculture and energy and our valuable
                                                                                                water resources, the Alliance will continue
Agriculture                                    and downstream needs.
                                                 With energy issues at the forefront of
                                                                                                to push for comprehensive water policy
                                                                                                and sustainable use and management of our
                                               national media focus, many in Alabama            water resources.
  The exceptional drought covering much        have a strong interest in the developing
of north and central Alabama has put a         ethanol industry. While ethanol may be part
spotlight on agricultural needs. With many     of the solution to our energy crisis, and corn              Water-Wise Tips:
crops suffering this year, especially corn,    is among the most common crops used for
the need to consider irrigation has been the   ethanol, irrigation availability may play         • Follow all mandatory and voluntary
topic of many news articles and agricultural   a large role in Alabama’s race for ethanol        water use restrictions.
journals and publications. The Alabama         production. However, we need to take a            • Use native plants in landscaping to
“irrigation initiative” is a study of how to   step back and consider the overall impact         reduce irrigation needs.
use small farm ponds and fill them with        to our agricultural communities as a whole,       • Wash your car only at facilities that
water pumped from rivers and streams           and the impact of corn crops in particular.       recycle their water.
during the rainy season that will be used      In addition to the water-intensive nature         • Re-use stormwater from roof drains and
for irrigation in the drier summer months.     of growing corn, studies show that other          bath water for outdoor irrigation.
While this could potentially bring relief to   ethanol-based crops, such as switchgrass,         • Take quick showers instead of baths
farmers during times of drought and prevent    can provide more fuel energy. We also have        • Repair leaking faucets and toilets.
additional decline of local agriculture and    to consider the economic impacts of using         • Don’t run water while brushing teeth or
rural economies, the environmental impacts     food crops as an energy source and the            shaving.
of such water storage need to be studied.      potential for the conversion of undeveloped       • Install low-flow showerheads, faucets,
Without a comprehensive statewide instream     land to agriculture, which can lead to water      and toilets.
flow policy, there is no formal method to      quality pollution.                                • Saving energy also saves water; reduce
determine how much water can be sustain-         As we continue to explore the ties between      your electricity usage

                                                    Water Wars Update
                                                     With most of the potential relief for the Alabama, Florida, Georgia “water wars”
                                                   tied up in courts, Alabama has been seeking temporary drought relief from the Corps
                                                   of Engineers in Mobile, who operates dams in Georgia and Alabama, and the Federal
                                                   Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees private hydropower dams. The Corps
                                                   has altered the flows from Lake Allatoona in the headwaters of the Coosa River basin,
                                                   both increasing and decreasing the flows based on rainfall, downstream impacts, and
                                                   political influences. In addition, Alabama Power has been granted permission to reduce
                                                   its required flow releases from its Coosa and Tallapoosa dams. Meanwhile, litigation
                                                   continues in various courts across the country, with court schedules issued for the ACT
                                                   case in federal district court in Birmingham and for the ACF cases in district court in
                                                   middle Florida. The Corps is also in the process of updating the operational plan for its
                Crop IrrIgatIon                    dams on the Chattahoochee.

Water Woes                                     required through the Office of Water             strain water supplies in times of drought.
                                               Resources, but the program does not              To reduce water demand during critical
  With exceptional drought bearing down        decide if the withdrawals are harmful to         times, consider implementing the conserva-
across north and central Alabama, many         downstream users or instream uses (such          tion tips in the sidebar. Mandatory conser-
of us see the impacts in our local rivers      as water quality and aquatic habitat).           vation was in place for several months
and streams. We have had several reports         As the drought continues, increased            in the Birmingham area and voluntary
of dry creek beds, often as a result of        withdrawals are needed in many parts of          conservation measures are in effect in many
local water pumping. To the astonishment       the state to keep up with the increased          other cities. It is important for us to be
of many concerned citizens, there is no        demand due to residential, commercial, and       conservation-minded at all times and do
water withdrawal regulation program in         agricultural irrigation. Use of municipal        our best to reduce our water demand and
Alabama. Registration of withdrawals           water supply for watering lawns and crops        the impacts we have on our waterways.
more than 100,000 gallons per day is           increases in the summer months but can

                                                    River Ties         Water Is Life
                                                Alliance Events
               The 2007 Watershed Leadership Conference
T    he 9th annual Watershed Leadership
     Conference and River Reunion celebra-
tion, held March 16-18, 2007 at beautiful
                                                connection between water conservation and
                                                energy conservation, as well as real solu-
                                                tions for making some realistic differences
Camp McDowell, was the most well                right now. Ringo focused on his work as the
attended and successful Conference yet. A       Chair of the National Wildlife Federation
gathering of more than 130 citizens from        and the President of the Apollo Alliance,
all across the state, representatives were in   highlighting the concern of the United
attendance from more than 30 local, state,      States’ dependence on foreign oil. Both
regional and national organizations.            speakers enlightened and stirred participants.
  Each year the Conference brings together        As always, the Conference provided
citizen activists, river lovers, government     participants with a variety of educational
agencies, and community leaders from all        workshops ranging from public health issues
across Alabama for a weekend of education,      to Alabama’s incredible biodiversity to how
networking and rejuvenation for one of the      to write a winning grant proposal. The three
largest environmental education events in       tracks offered, watershed policy, watershed
the state geared solely toward adults.          science, and watershed leadership, always
  Highlights of the 2007 event included our     provide a broad array of topics to meet the
10th Anniversary River Reunion celebra-         educational interests of a diverse group of
tion and River Hero Awards banquet. The         participants.                                         Jerome rIngo, key note
keynote speakers, Don Elder of River              Many of the Alliance’s founding members
Network and Jerome Ringo of the Apollo          and partner organizations were on hand           American Rivers were also represented.
Alliance, provided thought provoking and        to reminisce and celebrate the successful        Entertainment was provided each evening
motivational presentations on the current       organization that has grown out of their         featuring String Theory on Friday night and
issue of climate change. Elder’s presenta-      earlier vision. National partners, such as       Dread Clampitt on Saturday night to round
tion provided a revolutionary look at the       River Network, World Wildlife Fund, and          out the weekend.

                             Honoring The 2007 River Heroes
E    ach year at the Water Leadership
     Conference, the Alliance names three
exceptionally hard working and committed
                                                board member and current legal advisor for
                                                the Alabama Rivers Alliance. Each of these
                                                people has made a profound and lasting
                                                                                                 Organization of the Year is awarded to the
                                                                                                 local watershed group that has worked
                                                                                                 especially hard that year and, hopefully,
individuals as River Heroes. This year’s        impact on the protection of watersheds and       achieved some important success. The
River Hero Awards were given to three           the entire river protection movement in          2007 Watershed Organization of the Year
particularly special individuals who have       Alabama. Their efforts are nothing less than     was Wolf Bay Watershed Watch who,
been working tirelessly and thanklessly for     heroic and they continue to provide leader-      shortly after the conference, won their long,
many years protecting Alabama’s water-          ship and inspiration to everyone working to      hard-fought battle to achieve Outstanding
sheds and whose efforts helped make the         protect rivers in Alabama.                       Alabama Water classification for their bay.
Alabama Rivers Alliance a reality.                In addition to recognizing individuals         We also had a special award in 2007 for the
  The 2007 River Heroes were Beth Stewart,      who have played an important role in             Best New Organization of the Year, which
Executive Director of the Cahaba River          protecting rivers, the Conference would          was given to the Lookout Mountain Heritage
Society; Dick Bronson, longtime leader and      not be complete without recognizing the          Alliance, which was formed to help protect
member of Lake Watch of Lake Martin;            other pillars of our efforts, our grassroots     Little River and its watershed.
and Bill Andreen, longtime supporter, past      watershed organizations. The Watershed

                           A thank you to 2007 Conference sponsors
 • Birmingham Weekly • EBSCO, Inc • Serra Toyota • Dr. Cameron Vowell • Whole Foods Market • Dr. and Mrs. Edward V. Colvin •
          •Discovering Alabama • James V. Fairley, Jr. • Henry Hughes • Perret Financial Group • Jennifer Rupe Cromer •
• Gulf Restoration Network • Mark Johnston • Rip Pfeiffer • E. Alston Ray • Ross Land Design, PC • Sunbelt Business Solutions, Inc •
       •Birmingham Canoe Club • Conecuh/Sepulga Watershed Alliance • East Central Alabama Alliance for Quality Living •
          • Friends of Chewacla and Uphapee Creek Watershed • Friends of Locust Fork River • Friends of Shades Creek •
   • Ragsdale LLC • Save Our Saugahatchee, Inc • Acoustic Cafe-Steve Masterson • Rob & Kathy Angus • Higher Ground Coffee •
                                   •Johnny Greenseed Wines • Sweetwater Brewing Company •

                                                     River Ties         Water Is Life
                                                   Alliance Events
              ARA kicks off the Second Annual River Revival
   T    he Alabama Rivers Alliance produced
        its second annual River Revival on
   September 30. The event was an enormous
                                                   Environmental Council,
                                                   Friends of the Locust Fork
                                                   River, and Hulsey Little
   success as over three hundred attendees         River Trust were present
   gathered for an afternoon of fun, food, and     to enlighten visitors about
   fellowship at King’s Bend on the banks          their respective missions.
   of the Locust Fork River. Young and old            In addition to great
   alike enjoyed local bluegrass music from        music and inspiring words,
   the Oxy Morons, Over the Hillbillies, the       visitors were treated to
   Sarah Green Band, and Herb Trottman. The        some fun local flavor.
   show was emceed by Stephen Guesman and          Charles Seifried and Jim
   guest speakers included Nelson Brooke of        Felder were in attendance
   Black Warrior River Keeper, Sam Howell of       with autographed copies
   Friends of the Locust Fork River, and Cindy     of their books for sale.
   Lowry of the Alabama Rivers Alliance.           Local artists Leslie Martin,         over the hIllbIllIes playIng bluegrass favorItes
     Guest speakers weren’t the only ones          Beth Ragland, Bridgette
                                                                                                   Revival 2008. It is a fun and effective oppor-
   offering inspiring words. Grassroots repre-     Shealy, and Nealy Vardaman peddled their
                                                                                                   tunity for friends and families to gather
   sentatives from The Nature Conservancy,         wares, Gavin Rains of Alabama Small Boats
                                                                                                   outdoors on the banks of a river and be
   Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform,     offered an array of outdoor gear, and profes-
                                                                                                   reminded of the importance of protecting
   Cahaba River Society, Black Warrior River-      sional kayaker Jeremy Adkins promoted his
                                                                                                   our state’s waterways. River Revival
   keeper, Alabama Water Watch, Alabama            upcoming kayaking clinics.
                                                                                                   brought in over 80 new endorsements for
                                                     The festival fare included hickory
                                                                                                   the Alabama Water Agenda, and many new
                                                   smoked barbecue, funnel cake, shaved
                                                                                                   people were introduced to this important
                                                   ice and veggie burgers as well as coffee
                                                                                                   proactive policy campaign for the first time.
                                                   generously supplied by local coffee guru
                                                                                                   As River Revival grows and begins to move
                                                   Michael Comstock of Higher Ground Coffee
                                                                                                   around the state, we hope support for the
                                                                                                   Alabama Rivers Alliance and the Alabama
                                                     Festival goers were also given opportuni-
                                                                                                   Water Agenda will continue to grow as well.
                                                   ties to win fun prizes. A lucky few managed
                                                                                                     The Alabama Rivers Alliance would like
                                                   to catch vintage Alabama Rivers Alliance
                                                                                                   to extend a special thank you to volunteers
                                                   t-shirts launched from a potato cannon,
                                                                                                   Kathy Angus, Chris Dean, Rebekah Pine,
                                                   others won some exciting merchandise from
                                                                                                   and Ben Wells. Thanks also to Pat King, who
        mary Jordan, age 6, modelIng               Sojourn’s, Safari Cup Coffee, and High
                                                                                                   allowed us to host the event on hsis property.
                 her faCe paInt                    Country Outfitters.
                                                                                                   The festival would not have been possible
                                                     Plans are already underway for River
                                                                                                   without their support.

                          I want to partner with the Alabama Rivers Alliance in order to protect the waterways of Alabama!

      City:                                                         County:                             State:           Zip:
      Day Phone:                        Evening Phone:                         Email:

      Individual & Family Partnership
              Protector $5,000        Sustainer $1,000               Patron $500                Supporter $250
              Friend $100             Family $40                     Individual $25             Other

      Organizational Partnerships
               Watershed Network Supporter $150             Watershed Network Partner $100               Watershed Start-up Organization $50
The Alabama Rivers Alliance is a nonprofit organization working to unite the citizens of Alabama to protect our right to clean, healthy water.
      _____    I would like my gift of $ _________ auotmatically deducted from my checking or savings account in 12 equal
               parts on the 18th of each month.
      _____    Voided check enclosed.
      _____    Savings account # _____________________________ at ___________________________ (bank).

      Mail to: 2201 2nd Avenue North, Suite A • Birmingham, AL 35203 • Phone: 205-322-6397 www.alabamarivers.org
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             Save the da
                       6, 2008
           March 14-1
            Camp Beck
                       airhope, AL
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                                                             permIt no. 361
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   Birmingham, AL 35203