Equal parts investigator, scientist, educator, lawyer, and advocate, Little River Waterkeeper® functions as the guardian and spokesperson for the Little River watershed and is committed to protecting the public’s right to clean water and a healthy watershed through citizen involvement and community action.
Working in unison with individuals, businesses, government entities, and community groups, the Little River Waterkeeper® seeks to become a community leader and key resource for people who have pollution concerns within the Little River watershed and its tributaries. We work to find effective solutions to local pollution problems by involving other community leaders.
As LRW advocates for clean water and educates the public about the state of our waters, citizens will be encouraged and inspired to reclaim the natural and cultural heritage of Little River. By stimulating the public’s connection with and commitment to the forks and streams of Little River, LRW is working to keep Little River as the biological, economic, and cultural heart of this region.
We hope you will read more about our Clean Water Programs below and get involved by becoming a member or by making a tax-deductible contribution.
DeKalb County Drinking Water Festival
A free field trip held annually at Northeast Alabama Community College for over 1000, 4th grade students from Fort Payne City Schools and DeKalb County Schools. Partner organizations and volunteers come together to teach students about the importance of clean water, recycling and wildlife through hands-on learning activities, presentations and educational entertainment. ***Canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions***
Erase the Waste
A local anti-litter program to engage the community in river and road cleanups to prevent litter entering our local waterways. Since 2014, thousands of pounds of litter have been removed from Little River, the Fort Payne Drinking Water Reservoir and throughout the communities of Mentone and Fort Payne.
Because so many people rely on clean water in Little River for swimming, fishing and boating, LRWK conducts weekly water testing from Memorial Day to Labor Day as part of the national SwimGuide.org program. Samples are taken from popular swimming sites on Little River and tested for E coli, a harmful bacteria that can affect users. Results are then posted for public knowledge on our website, www.theSwimGuide.org/find and our social media pages.
Year Around Patrol & Monitoring
LRWK responds to citizen complaints regarding pollution issues as well as patrols regularly throughout the watershed by canoe, drone and plane. We work with private and governmental agencies on Little River to prevent and remediate degradation.
LRWK is an acting member of a partnership of 10 Waterkeeper® Affiliates to work on statewide issues such as Fisherman’s Right to Know, Sewage Right to Know and industrial pollution that are affecting our state rivers and public health. The 10 groups that make up Waterkeepers® Alabama are Little River Waterkeeper® , Tennessee Riverkeeper, Coosa Riverkeeper, Cahaba Riverkeeper, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Hurricane Creekkeeper, Choctowahatchee Riverkeeper, Mobile Baykeeper, Chattahoochie Riverkeeper and CRBI.