Preventing the Duck River Dam

About the Duck River

The Duck River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the state of Alabama. It is a tributary to the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River and provides unique whitewater paddling opportunities which are limited in Alabama.


About the proposed Duck River Dam

The City of Cullman and Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a $110 million dam on the Duck River, one of the last free-flowing rivers in the state of Alabama. The proposed dam would flood 640 acres of beautiful north Alabama forest.


The Alabama Rivers Alliance, along with Black Warrior Riverkeeper, WildSouth, Friends of the Mulberry Fork, and several individuals, filed a suit in federal district court against the Corps of Engineers challenging the issuance of a permit for the construction of the Duck River dam.  On March 31, 2009, U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre granted motions for summary judgment made by the defendants, dismissing the suit after years of deliberation in court.


“This is a really sad day for rivers in Alabama,” Alabama Rivers Alliance Executive Director Cindy Lowry said. “At a time when water conservation and efficiency and other smarter alternatives are being sought nationwide, we are still focused on the traditional, more expensive, less environmentally friendly ways of doing things.”


Conservation and efficiency are still viable, inexpensive, and non-destructive measures with which to meet Cullman’s water supply needs, and are excellent alternatives to a building a costly, destructive dam that would destroy one of Alabama’s natural treasures. Click here to read the American Rivers report, Hidden Reservoir: Why Efficiency is the Best Solution for the Southeast.

photo by Nelson Brooke


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