Voices for Clean Air (+ Water)

Our Executive Director, Justinn Overton, believes that clean air, water, and soil are all interconnected and that every Alabamian has a right to each of them. Learn about Justinn’s love for water, teaching yoga, and environmental justice in a short film produced by GASP as a part of their Partner for Clean Air campaign. 

 

Here’s Who’s Been Dumping Toxic Waste in the Coosa

Did you know that nearly one million pounds of toxic chemicals are dumped into the Coosa River each year? Nearly 95% of that waste comes from two Koch Foods chicken processing plants near Gadsden in the form of nitrate compounds. Excessive nitrogen pollution stimulates the growth of aquatic plants, weeds and…

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Happy 45th Anniversary to the Clean Water Act!

The Clean Water Act became law of the land on October 18, 1972.  The Act was intended to protect all of our waters – from the smallest streams to the mightiest rivers – from pollution and destruction. Today we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. It should be…

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Sewage Permits Stricter Under New Regulations

Sewage plants in Alabama will now have to meet tighter limits for E. coli bacteria in order to make it safer to swim and fish in the state’s creeks thanks to changes in the state’s regulations pushed for by river conservation organizations. The new regulations lower the maximum concentration of…

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New Tools to Protect You From Swimming in “Ewwwww”

Thanks to those who signed our petition asking for improved public notification of sewage spills, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management just released two new tools that are the first step in that direction. The first is a map which visualizes all current spills and the second is an opt-in…

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Threats Posed by Coal Ash in Wilsonville Highlighted in Recent Filings

  The Alabama Power Company released an Emergency Action Plan for the Gaston Steam Plant in Wilsonville including maps detailing areas that would be inundated with coal ash if the Plant’s dams were to fail. Failures have occurred at these types of dams in the recent past, like in the…

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5 Spots to Beat the Heat & Back-to-School Blues this Weekend

It’s mid-August and (we hope) it’s about as hot as it’s going to get this summer. The water temperatures are also getting near the warmest they’ll be. It’s that time of late summer where jumping in a 90° lake doesn’t exactly cool you off the same way a swim did…

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Check Fish Guide for New Advisories

Last month, the Alabama Department of Public Health released the annual fish consumption advisories list. Our Fish Guide program takes that complicated list and distills it into easy to use maps and infographics that will get you up to speed and out fishing faster. We recently completed updating our interactive…

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Summer 2017 Newsletter is HERE!

Summer 2017 Newsletter >>>Click Here to Read!<<< In this Issue… 2017 Group of the Year New Fish Advisories Standards for Excellence Accreditation  Swim Guide Reaching More Users 2017 Swim Guide Interns Learn about Swim Club Thank you for your continued support our work! Have questions? Want to volunteer? Email us at info@coosariver.org! 

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Massive Sewage Spill near Choccolocco Creek in Oxford

On Tuesday July 11th, a massive spill of up to 1,000,000 gallons of sewage occurred at the Oxford Tull C Allen Wastewater Treatment Plant adjacent to Choccolocco Creek. Coosa Riverkeeper is advising the public to avoid recreation in the middle section of Choccolocco Creek from Oxford towards Jackson Shoals until…

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