Friends of the Locust Fork River
The National Park Service places the Locust Fork River in the top 2% of all United States’ rivers with “outstandingly remarkable” values. Based upon cultural heritage, fisheries, scenic beauty, geological interest, historical significance, recreational value and wildlife, ninety miles of the Locust Fork River qualified for recognition in all categories.
In January, 1991 The Birmingham News revealed that the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) was planning to build a municipal water supply reservoir on the Locust Fork River. The dam would be located just inside the Blount County, Alabama line.The article also stated that BWWB had been buying land in Blount County secretly through a third party. A small group of concerned citizens of Blount County met to discuss the proposed reservoir and how it would affect the natural integrity of this free flowing river and the lifestyle of the community surrounding it. After discussing the issue and the secretive actions of BWWB, it was unanimously decided that the river should be protected. The Friends of the Locust Fork River (FLFR) was formed and officers were elected. The official fight to save the Locust Fork River was initiated. In just a few short months, the support of other local environmental organizations was secured. Membership in the FLFR has steadily increased since our beginning in 1991 from the original founding members to approximately 900 from various parts of the U. S.