James Lowery served on Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s Board from 2003 through 2009, and returned in 2011. James is retired as UAB’s Director of Management Support Services and considers himself an "amateur scientist." He is active in environmental education as a member of eight environmental and science related Boards and serves as an officer on four of those Boards. James’ widespread involvement in Alabama non-profit organizations was featured in the August 28, 2005, Birmingham News edition of “Good Work.” In 2011, the Alabama Rivers Alliances named James its "Volunteer of the Decade" and started an annual award in his name.
Along with countless environmental awards, James was honored three times as a member of Alabama’s Civil Air Patrol, Squadron 01090. James gives excellent presentations concerning constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment, as well as about urban streams he has walked. He is also an experienced speaker about Antarctica and the Netherlands and leads guided tours of Alabama’s Wetumpka Astrobleme (Impact Crater). During rare breaks in his multifaceted community service, James enjoys paddling whitewater rivers as a member of the Birmingham Canoe Club. James has traveled to Antarctica four times and states that it is his favorite place on Earth.
James Lowery on the Cahaba River. Photo by Beth Maynor Young.