Water is Life series with ARA + partners!

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.

Click here to register!

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 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE 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.

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, April 28 – Water is Life: On the Coosa River

with Coosa Riverkeeper. Learn the latest on fish consumption advisories and Swim Guide!

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, May 5 -Water is Life: On the Tallapoosa River

with Alabama Rivers Alliance, Save Our Saugahatchee (SOS), and Lake Watch of Lake Martin.

Click here to watch this zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, May 12 – Water is Life: On the Cahaba River

with Cahaba River Society, Cahaba Riverkeeper and Friends of Shades Creek.

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, May 19 – Water is Life: On Mobile Bay

with Mobile Baykeeper

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, May 26 – Water is Life: On the Choctawhatchee River

with Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

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

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, June 16 – Water is Life: In the Sipsey Wilderness with Wild South

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, June 23 – Water is Life:  On the Alabama River with Bill Finch, Finch Conservation and Jason Throneberry, The Nature Conservancy in Alabama.

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, June 30 – Water is Life:  On the Chattahoochee River with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and ACFS (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders).

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

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

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, July 14 – Water is Life:  Climate + Justice with Gulf Coast Law and Policy Center and Gasp

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, July 21 – Water is Life:  On Little River with Little River Waterkeeper

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, July 28 – Water is Life:  Energy with SELC and Energy Alabama

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, August 4 – Water is Life: Environmental Education with EEAA, Camp McDowell and Cahaba River Society

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, August 11 – Water is Life:  Environmental Justice in Alabama and Beyond with Catherine Flowers

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

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).

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, August 25 – Water is Life: Litter in our Waterways with River Network and Freshwater Land Trust

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, September 1 Water is Life: Water Infrastructure with Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) and Black Warrior Riverkeeper.

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, September 8 Water is Life: Make Your Voice Count! with Alabama Arise, League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and Conservation Alabama.

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, September 29 – Water is Life: Coal Ash with Mobile Baykeeper.

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, October 6 – Water is Life: Birding in Alabama with Alabama Audubon

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, October 13 – Water is Life: With Your Legislators with Senator Andrew Jones (R-10) and Representative Neil Rafferty (D-54)

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, October 20Water is Life: Biosolids with Julie Lay (impacted community member) and Barry Brock, Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC)

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

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).

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

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)

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, November 17 – Water is Life: A Post-Election Conversation with Earthjustice and River Network

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, December 1Water is Life: Magnificent Mussels with Dr. Paul Johnson (Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) and Dr. Randy Haddock (Newly Retired from Cahaba River Society!)

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, December 8 – Water is Life: Responsible Retail with Jason Priest (REI) and more!

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

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. 

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, January 5 – Water is Life: Year in Review + Look Ahead with Cindy Lowry

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Water is Life: Why Government Matters with Dr. Akhlaque Haque (professor, UAB Department of Political Science and Public Administration) & Evan Milligan (Alabama Forward)

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Water is Life: Groundwater in Alabama with Bennett Bearden and Greg Guthrie (both of Geological Survey of Alabama)

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk

 

Prisons, People and Pollution with Carla Crowder (Alabama Appleseed), LaTonya Tate (Alabama Justice Initiative) and Morgan Duckett (Alabama Students Against Prisons).

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk

 

Water is Life: Caves and Quarries featuring Michael Ray Taylor (author, Hidden Nature: Wild Southern Caves) and Vicki Carroll (Neighborhood Preservation Coalition)

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk

 

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).

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk

 

Water is Life: With the Sierra Club with Stephen Stetson and Steven DeCaprio

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Water is Life: Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Community Land Trust with Majadi Baruti and Susan Diane Mitchell

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Water is Life: Riparian Forests with Friends of Shades Creek

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Water is Life: Whitewater Paddling in Alabama with Alabama Cup Racing Association, Birmingham Canoe Club, Friends of the Locust Fork River and Stream Beam.

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Water is Life: Energy, Water & Weather with SELC and Energy Alabama

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Water is Life: Office of Water Resources

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Water is Life: Restoring Watersheds Using Regenerative Design with Alan Booker

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

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).

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Water is Life: Swim Guide with Coosa Riverkeeper, Cahaba Riverkeeper and Mobile Baykeeper

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Water is Life: The Water Wars with Georgia Ackerman (Apalachicola Riverkeeper), Brad Moore (ACF Stakeholders) and Gil Rogers (SELC).

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Water is Life: A Green New Deal with GASP’s Michael Hansen and Nina Morgan

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Water is Life: Climate Impacts to Southeastern Rivers with Scot Duncan 

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday May 18 – Citizens’ Climate Lobby with John Northrop, Dr. Kenya Goodson and Debbie Chang

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday May 25 – Youth + Climate with Ankur Shah (Sunrise Movement) and Ruby Krasnow (Alabama Environmental Youth Council)

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, June 1 –  Water is Life: In The Netherlands with James Lowery

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, June 8 – Water is Life: Africatown with Joe Womack (C.H.E.S.S.)

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, June 22 – Water is Life: Water/Ways with Alabama Humanities Alliance and Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, June 29 – Water is Life: Coal Mining in Alabama with Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s Nelson Brooke

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, July 6 – Water is Life: Labor and the Environment with Brett Wallace (artist and filmmaker) and Natasha Zaretsky (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, July 13 – Water is Life: On the Alabama Scenic River Trail with Jay Grantland

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, July 20 – Water is Life: Coastal Restoration with Mary Kate Brown of The Nature Conservancy

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, July 27 – Water is Life: Oyster Shell Recycling with Alabama Coastal Foundation’s Mark Berte

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, August 3 – Water is Life: Department of Conservation and Natural Resources with Commissioner Chris Blankenship

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, August 10 -Water is Life: Energy and Water Efficiency with Southface Institute & Green Builder Coalition

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

August 17 – Water is Life: Fish Consumption Advisories with Coosa Riverkeeper’s Justinn Overton and Victoria Miller

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, August 24 – Water is Life: Waters of the U.S. with Keith Johnston (SELC)

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

Tuesday, August 31 – Water is Life: Redistricting with Felicia Scalzetti (Hometown Action)

Click here to watch this Zoom Talk!

 

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.