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

Reservoir Emissions › Videos   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


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 […]


Jack’s Spring Policy Update

POLICY UPDATES from Alabama Rivers Alliance Spring has more than sprung, and Alabama is buzzing with another regenerative season. Our native Oakleaf hydrangea is flowering, the turtles are basking in longer days of sunshine along our river banks, and we hope you’re flourishing right along with Alabama’s flora and fauna. I got to revel in […]


Alabama Water Rally 2022: Registration Open Now!

Reuniting for Clean Water in Alabama! In celebration of  25 years of the Alabama Rivers Alliance and 50 years of the Clean Water Act, we invite you to REUNITE with us at Camp McDowell March 25 & 26. After two years of virtual gatherings, we are so excited to get back together in person as […]


Jack’s Winter Policy Update

POLICY UPDATES from Alabama Rivers Alliance Leaves have fallen, special legislative sessions have come to an end, and as we enjoy the holidays, I give thanks for the restorative powers of Alabama’s marvelous creeks, streams, rivers, lakes and bays. Last month, I was generously gifted a visit to the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge on […]


ARA’s Executive Director’s Testimony to the EPA

On September 2, ARA’s executive director, Cindy Lowry, submitted verbal comments at EPA’s Public Hearing Revising the Definition of “Waters of the United States”. Click here to watch a recording of the hearing [link coming soon!] My name is Cindy Lowry and I am the Executive Director of the Alabama Rivers Alliance, a statewide nonprofit […]


Alabama River Journey 2050 by Scot Duncan

Join the journey with our friend Dr. R. Scot Duncan as he takes a trip down the Cahaba River in 2050. “[ARA’s Water is Life Zoom Talk] exercise inspired me to share a vision of how I hope our rivers—and our state—will be late in my life. Our rivers today are wonderful, and they provide […]