Alabama Rivers Alliance is a statewide network of groups working to protect and restore all of Alabama’s water resources through building partnerships, empowering citizens, and advocating for sound water policy and its enforcement.

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Jack West
(205) 322-6395

Resources from Alabama Rivers AllianceAll resources

Presentations and trainings › Reservoir Emissions   11/3/2022

G-Res Tool Tutorial

Collections › Videos   9/30/2021

Heal The River

Comments & Filings › Reservoir Emissions › Sample pleadings   8/16/2021

Motion to Intervene & Comments on Draft Supplemental EIS on the Coosa Project

Comments & Filings › Laws, court cases, and filings   4/23/2021

Office of Public Participation Comment

Presentations and trainings › Videos   5/11/2022

Pairing Hydro & Batteries

Reservoir Emissions › Sample pleadings › Tools and Guides   12/8/2022

Sample Study Request for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Presentations and trainings › Videos   10/27/2020

Water is Life: Hydropower in Alabama


News and updates from Alabama Rivers AllianceAll news


Registration Open for Alabama Water Rally 2024!

Alabama Water Rally 2024 Alabama’s annual gathering of clean water advocates March 15 – 17 | Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, Alabama Alabama Water Rally 2023 attendees REGISTRATION OPEN NOW! Click here to register. Full Scholarships Available! WHAT TO EXPECT AT WATER RALLY 2024 Speakers & Workshops | Training Sessions | Deep Dives Into Trending Topics  […]


ARA’s Growing Team!

Updates to the Alabama Rivers Alliance Team! We are thrilled to welcome Charles Miller to the ARA team as our Policy Director! Charles will join us full time in January of 2024 as our Policy Director focusing on government affairs and he will be leading our policy advocacy work. A long-standing key volunteer and trusted […]


Victory Declared on Chandler Mountain!

                Victory Declared on Chandler Mountain Land, Waters and Endangered Wildlife Saved from Destructive Project;  Advocates Celebrate Local Community’s Successful Efforts Today we celebrate a significant victory for the people of Chandler Mountain, for the Big Canoe Creek watershed, and for all the living things that call this […]


Chandler Mountain Pumped Storage Proposed Project

Alabama Power is moving forward with its plans to build and operate a large pumped storage hydropower facility in the vicinity of Chandler Mountain in the Coosa River watershed. HOW DOES THIS PROJECT IMPACT COMMUNITIES NEAR CHANDLER MOUNTAIN?  If this project moves forward, residents could be displaced by the new reservoirs. Ancestral lands, cultural artifacts, […]


Recap from Rivers of Alabama Day!

River Defenders from across Alabama met in Montgomery on April 11, which is Rivers of Alabama Day, for ARA’s annual Rivers of Alabama Day! We had a busy day filled with great conversation and celebration of Alabama’s rivers and streams at ARA’s annual Lobby Day on Rivers of Alabama Day yesterday! Partners and friends across […]


Alabama Water Rally 2023 – Registration Open Now!

Alabama Water Rally 2023 Alabama’s annual gathering of clean water advocates March 24 – 26 | Camp Beckwith in Fairhope, AL There is an incredible opportunity before us – as River Defenders – as we pass the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Together, we must be ready for the Next Era of Clean […]


BREAKING: Recent Report Shows hydropower Reservoirs in Alabama Emit *Substantial* Amounts of Methane

The Alabama Rivers Alliance (ARA), in partnership with PhD students from the Virginia Scientist-Community Interface (V-SCI), has used the G-res modeling tool to analyze the net methane and carbon dioxide emissions of two of Alabama Power’s hydropower facilities, and the results show that these supposedly “clean” and emissions-free hydropower dams and reservoirs actually create and emit significant quantities of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.


Clean water required the will to act 50 years ago

Clean Water Required the Will to Act 50 Years Ago by Cindy Lowry, executive director, Alabama Rivers Alliance CLICK HERE TO READ THIS OP-ED AS PUBLISHED ON AL.COM Last week the Supreme Court opened its session by hearing oral arguments in a case about whether the Clean Water Act protections should include certain wetlands adjacent […]


Water is Life returns October 11 with a celebration of the Clean Water Act!

It’s fitting for today, as SCOTUS hears oral arguments in a case that may severely limit the coverage of the Clean Water Act, that we announce the return of #WaterIsLife with ARA and our partners! Returning to the second Tuesday of each month, the Water is Life Zoom Talk series on October 11 will be […]


River, interrupted

This article was published on Southern Science. Click here to see the article on Southern Science. RIVER, INTERRUPTED Study could restore fish migration path from Gulf to Cahaba River by Sydney Cromwell The 318-mile-long Alabama River is a highway for fish that migrate between the Gulf of Mexico and inland waterways, including the Coosa and Cahaba […]