What a Waste

People believe that what they flush down the toilet gets cleaned at a wastewater treatment facility. But in Alabama, the lack of funding to repair and maintain aging infrastructure often leads to untreated wastewater being dumped in places where families swim, paddle and fish. Even worse, there is no comprehensive system to notify the public when water quality has been compromised. In the absence of agency enforcement, how can citizens take action and hold these facilities accountable?

Take Action: Support your local Swim Guide program: 

Cahaba Riverkeeper

Coosa Riverkeeper

Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper

Mobile Baykeeper

Take Action: If you see or smell a sewer overflow, take photos and submit a complaint or call ADEM’s hotline at (334) 274-4200.

Take Action: Report the spill to your local Riverkeeper:

Black Warrior watershed: email reportpollution@blackwarrior.org

Coosa River watershed: email pollution@coosariver.org

Cahaba River watershed: submit a pollution report with Cahaba Riverkeeper, contact Cahaba River Society: 205-322-5326

Mobile River watershed: submit a pollution report

Choctawhatchee River watershed: email riverkeeper@choctawhatcheeriver.org

About the Director

Hailing from Miami, Florida, Cai received her B.A. in Communications and Film Studies from Boston College in 2016. Her short film "Blake Bolden," which follows a professional female hockey player, aired on NESN's Next Producer in 2015. Cai traveled to Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 2016 as a Jacques Salmanowitz Moral Courage in Film Grantee to produce a documentary on gender inequity in waste management with Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO). An avid traveler, Cai enjoys connecting with different communities and telling their stories.

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