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Our goal for Alabama Water Rally 2020 is to build effective organizations and alliances for the future we want to have:  an inclusive, just and equitable future where our communities have clean water, a healthy environment and are prepared to face the challenges of climate change.  

Our environmental challenges are growing greater each day and at the forefront of them all is the overwhelming threat of climate change. The environmental movement has been at the center of the climate change conversation for many years, but it is not just an environmental problem. It is much bigger than just us and we need a much bigger, broader more inclusive movement to tackle it.

While it remains a controversial topic in some circles, there is no doubt that many predictions are already coming true and we must be prepared to address immediate disasters while debating long-term policy solutions.

Take a moment and check out our keynote speaker’s recently released Ted Talk to get inspired, then register for Alabama Water Rally today and join many other Alabamians in making a difference for your community and its waterways!




Colette is a generational native of Bayou Liberty, Louisiana.  As founder and executive director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, she develops programming focused on Equitable Disaster Recovery, Global Migration, Community Economic Development, Climate Justice and Energy Democracy.



Scot is a Professor of Biology at Birmingham-Southern College.  Scot is the author of Southern Wonder: Alabama’s Surprising Biodiversity.  His latest research focuses on how climate change is affecting rivers and streams in the Southeast.



  • PFOA/PFAS impacts in Alabama and practical policy solutions
  • Back-to-the-basics: organizing in the streets
  • Building and maintaining strong organizations – diversifying both human and financial resources
  • Improving transparency and public notification policies
  • Influencing power companies and water utilities
  • Dams and the importance of fish passage to Alabama’s aquatic biodiversity

And don’t miss our ever-popular Junior Board-led panel discussion on Sunday morning! This year’s focus will be on the youth-led climate movement in Alabama and beyond.


What is Alabama Water Rally?

Water Rally is Alabama’s clean water conference and celebration that unites citizens, connects conservation groups, shares ideas and educates attendees to strengthen the voices for clean water throughout our state.

Water Rally gives you the opportunity to learn the latest from experts from across the country, share successes and challenges with like-minded folks, and mix & mingle with the most fun group of people this side of the Tombigbee.

What happens at Alabama Water Rally?

Each year Alabama Water Rally brings more than 100 individual river defenders from a variety of backgrounds together to share, network, and learn — and celebrate — our 132,000 miles of rivers and streams. Participants include protectors of our rivers, community leaders, students interested in environmental advocacy, agency employees, teachers, elected officials, scientists, lawyers, engineers, concerned citizens, nature lovers, and other eco-minded folks. You’ll mix and mingle with attendees who all want to work together to #DefendRivers.


Alabama Water Rally participants receive professional development training from experts on the newest ideas and innovations in science, community organizing, advocacy work, campaign development, strategic planning and environmental policy work. It’s a great opportunity for professional development as well as a chance to commune with eco-minded people to hang out, celebrate our victories, share our challenges, and plan for the future. Days are packed with informative education sessions and each night features a spirit of celebration with live music, food & drink, and so much moreJoin us!