We invite you to join us each Tuesday from noon – 1 pm for the Water is Life Zoom Talk series! We highlight the role that water plays in our lives throughout Alabama and we share how you can participate in the efforts to protect water. You’ll hear from our partners across the state, and leading experts in water protection. We even have a few river and Alabama history lessons thrown in!
As we look around us in the midst of a global pandemic, our slogan, Water is Life, has taken on a whole new meaning, as having plenty of clean water to wash our hands becomes a life-saving ritual. The Alabama Rivers Alliance and our partners are always thinking about clean water and we know it means many things to many people in Alabama, that’s why we launched our new Water is Life webinar series on Rivers of Alabama Day in 2020!
UPCOMING WATER IS LIFE ZOOM TALKS
Tuesday, September 14 – Water is Life: Alabama Water Plan with Cindy Lowry!
Alabama has a long and interesting history with water management policy dating all the way back to 1955. Each time the issue of water use challenges and water resource management rises to the state level, typically following a major drought, some forward progress is made, but each time we fall short of developing a plan. The Alabama Rivers Alliance has long advocated the development of a statewide water plan to ensure accessible, affordable, and equitably shared water resources . Join us Tuesday to learn about the history of where we’ve been as we’ve advocated for a statewide plan, and hear about where we need to go from here to address the water needs of 2021 and beyond.
Watch any of the past Water is Life Zoom Talks either by clicking here or by selecting from the pull down menu in the player below.
PAST ZOOM DISCUSSIONS
Tuesday, April 14 – Water is Life: Intro to the Series
Tuesday, April 21 – Water is Life: On the Black Warrior River
with Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Friends of the Locust Fork River, and Friends of Hurricane Creek.
Tuesday, April 28 – Water is Life: On the Coosa River
with Coosa Riverkeeper. Learn the latest on fish consumption advisories and Swim Guide!
Tuesday, May 5 -Water is Life: On the Tallapoosa River
with Alabama Rivers Alliance, Save Our Saugahatchee (SOS), and Lake Watch of Lake Martin.
Tuesday, May 12 – Water is Life: On the Cahaba River
with Cahaba River Society, Cahaba Riverkeeper and Friends of Shades Creek.
Tuesday, May 19 – Water is Life: On Mobile Bay
with Mobile Baykeeper
Tuesday, May 26 – Water is Life: On the Choctawhatchee River
with Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper
Tuesday, June 2 – Water is Life: On the Alabama River
POSTPONED. Read more by clicking here.
Tuesday, June 9 – Water is Life: On the Tennessee River with Tennessee Riverkeeper, Huntsville Canoe Club and WELP
Tuesday, June 16 – Water is Life: In the Sipsey Wilderness with Wild South
Tuesday, June 23 – Water is Life: On the Alabama River with Bill Finch, Finch Conservation and Jason Throneberry, The Nature Conservancy in Alabama.
Tuesday, June 30 – Water is Life: On the Chattahoochee River with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and ACFS (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders).
Tuesday, July 7 – Water is Life: In the Great Outdoors with Land Trust of North Alabama, Alabama State Parks and the Nature Conservancy in Alabama
Tuesday, July 14 – Water is Life: Climate + Justice with Gulf Coast Law and Policy Center and Gasp
Tuesday, July 21 – Water is Life: On Little River with Little River Waterkeeper
Tuesday, July 28 – Water is Life: Energy with SELC and Energy Alabama
Tuesday, August 4 – Water is Life: Environmental Education with EEAA, Camp McDowell and Cahaba River Society
Tuesday, August 11 – Water is Life: Environmental Justice in Alabama and Beyond with Catherine Flowers
Tuesday, August 18 -Water is Life: Water Resource Centers with Alabama Water Institute (University of Alabama), Auburn Water Resource Center (Auburn University) and Center for Water Resource Economics (Troy University).
Tuesday, August 25 – Water is Life: Litter in our Waterways with River Network and Freshwater Land Trust
Tuesday, September 1 – Water is Life: Water Infrastructure with Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) and Black Warrior Riverkeeper.
Tuesday, September 8 – Water is Life: Make Your Voice Count! with Alabama Arise, League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and Conservation Alabama.
Tuesday, September 29 – Water is Life: Coal Ash with Mobile Baykeeper.
Tuesday, October 6 – Water is Life: Birding in Alabama with Alabama Audubon
Tuesday, October 13 – Water is Life: With Your Legislators with Senator Andrew Jones (R-10) and Representative Neil Rafferty (D-54)
Tuesday, October 20 – Water is Life: Biosolids with Julie Lay (impacted community member) and Barry Brock, Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC)
Tuesday, October 27 – Water is Life: Hydropower with Sarah Stokes (SELC) and Colleen McNally-Murphy (Hydro Reform Coalition). Moderated by Jack West (Alabama Rivers Alliance).
Tuesday, November 3 – BYE WEEK for Election Day.
Tuesday, November 10 – Turtles of Alabama! with Dr. Andy Coleman (Urban Turtle Project) and Sierra Stiles (Turtle Point Science Center)
Tuesday, November 17 – Water is Life: A Post-Election Conversation with Earthjustice and River Network
Tuesday, December 1 – Water is Life: Magnificent Mussels with Dr. Paul Johnson (Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) and Dr. Randy Haddock (Newly Retired from Cahaba River Society!)
Tuesday, December 8 – Water is Life: Responsible Retail with Jason Priest (REI) and more!
Tuesday, December 15 – Water is Life with Ben Raines, author of the new book, Saving America’s Amazon: The Threat to Our Nation’s Most Biodiverse River System.
Tuesday, January 5 – Water is Life: Year in Review + Look Ahead with Cindy Lowry
Water is Life: Why Government Matters with Dr. Akhlaque Haque (professor, UAB Department of Political Science and Public Administration) & Evan Milligan (Alabama Forward)
Water is Life: Groundwater in Alabama with Bennett Bearden and Greg Guthrie (both of Geological Survey of Alabama)
Prisons, People and Pollution with Carla Crowder (Alabama Appleseed), LaTonya Tate (Alabama Justice Initiative) and Morgan Duckett (Alabama Students Against Prisons).
Water is Life: Protecting and Promoting Native Fish with Matt Lewis (Native Fish Coalition, Alabama Chapter), Bob Mallard (Native Fish Coalition) and Emily Bastian (Native Fish Coalition).
Water is Life: With the Sierra Club with Stephen Stetson and Steven DeCaprio
Water is Life: Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Community Land Trust with Majadi Baruti and Susan Diane Mitchell
Water is Life: Riparian Forests with Friends of Shades Creek
Water is Life: Whitewater Paddling in Alabama with Alabama Cup Racing Association, Birmingham Canoe Club, Friends of the Locust Fork River and Stream Beam.
Water is Life: Energy, Water & Weather with SELC and Energy Alabama
Water is Life: Office of Water Resources
Water is Life: Restoring Watersheds Using Regenerative Design with Alan Booker
Water is Life: Rivers of Alabama Day: Telling Your Story with Glenny Brock (amazing writer and professor), Dr. Bill Deutsch (retired, Auburn University and Alabama Water Watch) and Cleo Stubbs (WELP, Wetlands Environmental Learning Projects).
Water is Life: Swim Guide with Coosa Riverkeeper, Cahaba Riverkeeper and Mobile Baykeeper
Water is Life: The Water Wars with Georgia Ackerman (Apalachicola Riverkeeper), Brad Moore (ACF Stakeholders) and Gil Rogers (SELC).
Water is Life: A Green New Deal with GASP’s Michael Hansen and Nina Morgan
Water is Life: Climate Impacts to Southeastern Rivers with Scot Duncan
Tuesday May 18 – Citizens’ Climate Lobby with John Northrop, Dr. Kenya Goodson and Debbie Chang
Tuesday May 25 – Youth + Climate with Ankur Shah (Sunrise Movement) and Ruby Krasnow (Alabama Environmental Youth Council)
Tuesday, June 1 – Water is Life: In The Netherlands with James Lowery
Tuesday, June 8 – Water is Life: Africatown with Joe Womack (C.H.E.S.S.)
Tuesday, June 22 – Water is Life: Water/Ways with Alabama Humanities Alliance and Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street
Tuesday, June 29 – Water is Life: Coal Mining in Alabama with Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s Nelson Brooke
Tuesday, July 6 – Water is Life: Labor and the Environment with Brett Wallace (artist and filmmaker) and Natasha Zaretsky (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Tuesday, July 13 – Water is Life: On the Alabama Scenic River Trail with Jay Grantland
Tuesday, July 20 – Water is Life: Coastal Restoration with Mary Kate Brown of The Nature Conservancy
Tuesday, July 27 – Water is Life: Oyster Shell Recycling with Alabama Coastal Foundation’s Mark Berte
Tuesday, August 3 – Water is Life: Department of Conservation and Natural Resources with Commissioner Chris Blankenship
Tuesday, August 10 -Water is Life: Energy and Water Efficiency with Southface Institute & Green Builder Coalition
August 17 – Water is Life: Fish Consumption Advisories with Coosa Riverkeeper’s Justinn Overton and Victoria Miller
Tuesday, August 24 – Water is Life: Waters of the U.S. with Keith Johnston (SELC)
Tuesday, August 31 – Water is Life: Redistricting with Felicia Scalzetti (Hometown Action)
Would you or your group like to be featured as a part of this series? Let us know today! Email Kelly Marshall at [email protected] to learn more.
ABOUT RIVERS OF ALABAMA DAY
Supported by both houses of the legislature, the purpose of this day is to recognize the many valuable assets rivers bring to the State of Alabama. According to the resolution, Alabama’s rivers are a blessing to the state since they provide habitat to high quality freshwater fish, mussel, snail, and crawfish species; supply the water essential to agriculture and industry; and support the state’s multimillion dollar tourism industry. Read more about Rivers of Alabama Day by clicking here.