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Tell Your Alabama Legislature To Find New Revenue To Protect Clean Water!

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Clean water protection in Alabama is severely at risk. After years of "kicking the can down the road," the budget situation in Alabama is in dire straits. An “austerity budget” that was created to show how bad things in Alabama would get if the Legislature could not find new revenue to fund the state government is now moving forward as a very real possibility. If passed, this budget would gut many of the agencies and programs that we rely on to protect Alabama’s natural environment and our public health and safety. 

 Under these cuts: 

Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) would get $0 from the General Fund and would actually have to send the state $9.5 Million from the water permit program. ADEM will no longer be able to conduct fish testing to determine if the fish are safe to eat. ADEM will not be able to conduct inspections and take enforcement action against polluters.ADEM will likely lose its authority to issue discharge permits. Department of Conservati…

Ahhhhchooo! Spring is Here: 10 Ways to Deal

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Spring has sprung! You're excited about the longer days, warmer weather, and finally being able to wear shorts again!  However, for allergy sufferers, it's not such a happy time of year. An estimated 54% of the American population has a reaction to at least one allergen (a substance, often a protein, that causes an allergy, such as pollen or dust). 

Although indoor allergens like dust mites, mold, pet dander and mildew can be problematic year-round, pollen is probably the major contributor to spring (outdoor) allergies.  Tree and grass pollens can start causing problems as early as late February and last through the beginning of summer.  While many seasonal allergy cases are considered to be fairly mild and mainly a big nuisance, some cases are severe with symptoms that can mimic the flu and persist for months.  Untreated symptoms can often lead to secondary infections of the sinuses, ears, throat, nose and lungs, because the fluid that builds up in reaction to the allergy pr…

Earthbound’s Earthfest Benefits Black Warrior Riverkeeper on April 18th

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A beloved event is returning for all who enjoy live music, clean water, and local food, beer, and art. Saturday, April 18 from 2pm to sundown, Earthbound will play their annual outdoor rock concert, Earthbound’s Earthfest, at Avondale Brewery (201 41st Street South, Birmingham, AL 35222).

The event’s purpose is to celebrate Earth Day and promote Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization. The Black Warrior River basin includes parts of 17 Alabama counties and provides approximately half of Birmingham’s drinking water plus all of the water for Tuscaloosa and many other cities.

 “Earthbound’s Earthfest is a blast each year while highlighting water, a key to survival and prosperity,” said Charles Scribner, Executive Director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper. “Water is threatened around the world, with California as a new example. We are blessed with reliable water in Alabama – let’s keep it that way.”

The family-friendly concert is open to all ages, althoug…