Hello from our new virtual offices! We hope this email finds you, your family and your friends safe and healthy. We have been hunkered down and hard at work figuring out what the next few weeks and months will look like for the Alabama Rivers Alliance and you, our members. Sadly, we had to postpone Alabama Water Rally and are working with Camp McDowell to confirm new dates for this fall – stay tuned!
As we look around us, our slogan, Water is Life, has taken on a whole new meaning during this time of COVID-19, 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 are excited to launch our new Water is Life webinar series on Rivers of Alabama Day this year!
This special day was established in 2007 when the Alabama State Legislature passed a resolution establishing the second Tuesday in April as, officially, Rivers of Alabama Day. We have always used this special day as our annual Lobby Day. Since we will not be able to meet with our legislators face-to-face this year, we have decided to keep our members and supporters engaged with this new Lunch & Learn series, Water is Life!
Each Tuesday, starting on Rivers of Alabama Day (April 14), we invite you to join us from noon – 1 pm for this virtual get-together…with a purpose! We will be highlighting the role that water plays in our lives throughout Alabama and we will share how you can participate in the efforts to protect water, even in this new “normal”. You’ll hear from our partners across the state, and leading experts in water protection. We’ll even have a few river history lessons thrown in!
Mark your calendars now for the upcoming Water is Life Zoom discussions:
Tuesday, June 2 – Water is Life: On the Alabama River
with Bill Finch, and Jason Throneberry, The Nature Conservancy in Alabama
Tuesday, June 9 – Water is Life: On the Tennessee River
with Tennessee Riverkeeper, Huntsville Canoe Club and WELP
Tuesday, June 16 – Water is Life
with Wild South and Little River Waterkeeper
Each webinar will be a Zoom video meeting from noon – 1 pm, with a portion of the time reserved for Q&A.
PAST ZOOM DISCUSSIONS:
Tuesday, April 14 – Water is Life: Intro to the Series
In the first of this new series, Dr. Bill Deutsch will share the importance of water in Alabama’s past and present, while thinking about our future, and our partners at Alabama Water Watch, Conservation Alabama and Southern Environmental Law Center will share the importance of citizen science and civic engagement in policy, even during these uncertain and unprecedented times.
NOTE: This first Water is Life will be 1.5 hours. Each one after will be 1 hour.
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. Learn more about these organizations, their current issues and how you can help!
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
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.