A newsletter for organizational partners of the Alabama Rivers Alliance

Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to the November monthly newsletter from Alabama Rivers Alliance to our partner groups and organizations! This newsletter's purpose is to help us all sustain the flow & keep moving forward together in our respective work in Alabama. Open us up each month to read about upcoming events, funding opportunities, training sessions, job postings and news from folks working to #DefendRivers across the state. 

Click here to update your organization contact info or to sign others up!



Relevant environmental regulatory updates & opportunities to agencies to let them know how their decision can impact your work.



ADEM announced revisions to their Hazardous Waste Program, described in section 335-14 of ADEM's Administrative Code, and a subsequent public hearing and opportunity for comments will be held. Revisions are to codify two federal rules by the EPA into state law. Hearing will be on January 24, 2023 and comments are due the same day. Learn more.



Explain how environmental justice issues impact your community to the White House! The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) & National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) are hosting an public comment period and hybrid meeting to hear from communities about environmental justice topics. Register to join the oral public comment sessions on November 30 and December 1, comments are due by December 14, sign up and more details here.



Sign up on the Secretary of State's Open Meetings Act website to get email notifications when public meeting are scheduled for all public boards, agencies, commissions, and other governmental bodies around Alabama. Sign up for just your local community meetings or the whole state. This is particularly useful for governmental bodies that may call meeting irregularly! Learn more.



November 29 - Southern Exposure On Tour at Montevallo

  • Catch the 2022 Southern Exposure films on tour at the University of Montevallo

November 29 - December 1 - NEJAC/WHEJAC Public Comment Hybrid Meeting

  • A public opportunity to describe how environmental injustices impact your community

December 7 - Sougahoagdee Falls in Bankhead National Forest Hike

  • Hike with the Alabama Sierra Club & Wild Alabama!

December 10 - Star Party at the Grand Bay NERR

  • Join the Mobile Bay Sierra Club for an outing at the National Estuarine Research Reserve under the stars

December 11 - Charity Beer Release benefitting Cahaba Riverkeeper and Native Fish Coalition 

  • Live music, food trucks, vendors, art and good friends on the banks of Buck Creek in Old Town Helena!


  • Cindy is thankful for beautiful Alabama nature, hard-working, caring Alabama people and for Hallmark Christmas movies to help her escape from the stresses of the real world! 

  • Kelly is thankful for the Better Call Saul ending, and that she survived another year without setting herself off to sea!

  • Jack is thankful for rain and blustery, foggy fall days. And for Mucinex.

  • Martha is thankful for the amazing partners she gets to work with around the state, her friends and family that surround and support her, and the hopeful future of more baby goats in the spring!

  • Victoria is thankful to be working with all the lovely folks listed above and to be supplying y'all with this newsletter.

Hey, does your organization have most of your 2023 event calendar already planned out?

Send us your list of events & we can place them on our calendar far in advance so when other groups are planning their events, they can see others already scheduled & avoid overlap!

Keep our calendar bookmarked & we will keep it up to date throughout the year - with your help!



Amplifying the voices of those working for change in Alabama by celebrating news, wins of all sizes, milestones, AND ways others could use support! Submit your news so we can celebrate you!

  • Congrats to the Alabama Scenic River Trail on welcoming a new Executive Director, Andrew Szymanski, to their team! Read more about him in ASRT's update email.
  • Join the Southern Environmental Law Center in their petition to urge the EPA to protect our drinking water from PFAS and protect people over polluters. Sign on now!
  • Waterkeepers Alabama recently took a jaunt around the Mobile Bay with Mobile Baykeeper as a part of their Ten Rivers Project with the Mosaic Momentum. Check out some trip photos.
  • The Alabama Water Watch Program is running a holiday t-shirt fundraiser until midnight on Giving Tuesday, featuring their new mascot. Grab one for yourself. 
  • ARA's friend Dr. Bill Deutsch has written a new book! Check out Ancient Life in Alabama: The Fossils, The Finders, and Why It Matters.
  • Mobile area folks should visit the EX-Tabula RASA, a site-specific installation that takes waste & detritus of modern life & transforms it into art by Sally Heller, at the Alabama Contemporary Art Center through February 25th. Mobile Baykeeper partnered with the Alabama Contemporary Art Center through NOAA's Reduse the Use program. Get a sneak peak of the exhibit here.
  • The Sierra Club National has announced a new Executive Director, Ben Jealous, who is an experienced civil rights leader and community organizer. Read more about him.
  • Rep Alabama Rivers at your holiday party this year! Check out our new River Defender merch on Redbubble & deck your halls with this awesome design created by our Junior Board and inspired by the Alabama State Seal. All sales benefit the Alabama Rivers Alliance and ship directly to your door. Go check out our awesome merch options!

This newsletter is created by a small team with limited resources, please use the form below or reply to this email if you ever want to see a particular newsletter item or want to submit news from your organization! 




  • The CDC Foundation is seeking proposals to engage youth in raising awareness of climate change, up to $50k, apply by 12/19/22
  • Open Space Institute gives capital grants for land conservation projects in the Appalachian Forest, apply by 12/19/22
  • Ms. Foundation for Women, Ms. South supports leadership of Women & Girls of Color, deadline to apply 1/13/23
  • If your organization ever needs advice about grant writing or just to brainstorm grant ideas, ARA staff is always happy to assist!



  • Get some year-end fundraising planning tips from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, download here
  • Career prep series with the River Management Society. Join them on 11/30 with "Stand Out to Hiring Managers," learn more
  • "Exploring the Intersections of Environmental Justice & Equitable Development in Infrastructure Investments" hosted by River Network on 12/8, register here
  • Scholarship opportunity from the Friends of the Locust Fork River for high school students! Apply by 11/30



  • The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is hiring a Grant Contract Administrator and a Program Coordinator, learn more
  • South Alabama Land Trust is hiring an Administrator and Land Coordinator, learn more
  • The National Parks Conservation Association is hiring a Southeast Outreach & Engagement Manager, learn more
  • River Network is hiring two remote positions, Drinking Water Program Associate and Resilient Communities & Policy Associate, learn more

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