Our Story

Friends of the Locust Fork River (FLFR) is an all-volunteer river advocacy organization. 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. After discussing the issue and the secretive actions of BWWB, FLFR Founders unanimously decided the river should be defended.

The Friends of the Locust Fork River (FLFR) non-profit 501(c)3 formed. The official fight to save the Locust Fork River began. In just a few short months, other local environmental organizations joined with support. Membership in FLFR has steadily increased since our beginning in 1991 from the original founding members to approximately 900 from various parts of the United States.

FLFR continues to empower people to proudly steward a free-flowing Locust Fork River for healthy water in a healthy watershed for the wellbeing of all. In 2015, FLFR received from the Blount County Chamber of Commerce: The Eldridge Bynum Award for Excellence in Community Service.

Our Mission

As Friends of the Locust Fork River, we join together to actively preserve the natural integrity of the river in its free-flowing state, and to that end, the lifestyle of the community that surrounds it.

We protect the Locust Fork River by educating youth, getting people out on the river through guided monthly outings, watchdogging polluters, and working with other statewide partner organizations to advocate smart water policy and better protection of rivers statewide.