• One of three environmental groups carrying forward the petition to US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to demand that EPA to rule on a 2010 petition to remove ADEM’s permitting authority for inadequate performance (ruling, decision to be made by 12/31/16)
  • Conducted bacteriological testing each summer at high-use recreational sites on the Cahaba since 2014 (May-Sep)
  • Sampling expanded to 12 sites in 2016 and a close sampling partnership formed with Coosa Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance Swim Guide
  • Initiated sediment sampling in 2016 on Buck Creek, a major Cahaba tributary, partnering with Auburn University
  • Named Dave Butler first paid Riverkeeper in July 2015
  • Conducted 207 patrols; monitored 225 discharge reports; 10 comment letters; 2 testimonies
  • In Jul 2015, sampling exposed a 4,000+gallon sewage spill from Pelham Waste Water Treatment Plant not announced to the public (no ADEM penalty)*
  • In Aug 2014, sampling exposed to EPA and ADEM illegal chlorine spill from Riverview Waste Water Treatment Plant (no ADEM penalty)*
  • Investigated the recent mysterious “blue water” flowing in Homewood creek that led to Curb Appeal lawn service accepting responsibility for the accident / aquatic kill (no ADEM penalty)*
  • Investigated Birmingham’s denuding of Shades Creek exposing City had no ADEM or US Army Corps of Engineers permits (no ADEM or USACE penalty/City allowed to obtain permits)*
  • Investigated Dean Foods (dba Barber) several spills into Scott Creek that killed thousands of fish (initial ADEM penalty $1,211.69 of which $733.05 was for the fish) /after continuous exposure of violations final ADEM penalty $60,000*
  • Led Renew Our Rivers cleanup in 2015 at Helena’s Amphitheater Park, gathered 2 tons of trash; sponsored the 2016 ROR cleanup at the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Partnered with Friends of Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge to obtain a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation two-year (2015-16) award to replant trees, shrubs and wildflowers in the Refuge. Hundreds of trees planted in 2015
  • Executive Director and Riverkeeper sit on the Friends CRNWR board of directors
  • Held educational programs in area schools and with Scout troops and teen outdoor programs –  Birmingham Zoo, Fawn in Bibb County, and the Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River
  • Began operations in 2009 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, governed by a board of directors; founded by Myra Crawford, first Riverkeeper and current executive director

*No/low penalty from ADEM that has been financially decimated by the Alabama Legislature’s 2016 budget