The protected land is a (7,000 acre) natural buffer filtering stormwater runoff, providing clean drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people, and recharging the water supply while keeping treatment costs low for all water users.
“We are relieved that after more than 20 years, the Birmingham Water Works Board has finally honored the commitment they made to legally protect this land,” said David Butler, Cahaba Riverkeeper and Staff Attorney.
For customers of the Birmingham Water Works Board, this agreement means that no matter who sits on the board, this land will be legally protected for the next 75 years, ensuring lower treatment costs for our drinking water.
And we are especially grateful to the Southern Environmental Law Center, the Cahaba River Society, and our donors who have stood with us in this fight.
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