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 launched our new Water is Life webinar series on Rivers of Alabama Day (April 14) this year!
Each Tuesday, 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, 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).
Our academic institutions play a vital role in collecting data and conducting research about our abundant and globally-recognized water resources. Join us Tuesday as we talk with the leaders of three of Alabama’s Water Resource Centers to discuss their important work. We’ll discuss how they can contribute to conservation and advocacy efforts in solving existing and future water challenges, and position Alabama as a global water data and research hub.
Tuesday, August 25 – Water is Life: TBD
Tuesday, September 1 – Water is Life: Water Infrastructure with Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC).
The next Tuesdays are TBD. This series will continue every Tuesday until the end of 2020. Each Zoom Talk will be a 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
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
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
Join us Tuesday (August 11) as we talk with Catherine Flowers, the founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice. From Lowndes County, Alabama to the United Nations, Catherine’s internationally recognized advocacy focuses on the intersection of race, justice and the human right to clean water and sanitation. She will discuss her work to raise awareness and seek solutions for these issues in long-ignored rural America as highlighted in her upcoming book, Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret.
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.