Coosa Hydro License Thrown Out in Court

Big Win for the Coosa & its Critters! Last Friday a federal court tossed the decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to grant the Alabama Power Co. a 30-year license to operate the hydropower dams on the Coosa River. The case was filed by American Rivers and Alabama…

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How to celebrate the 4th on the Coosa

Whether your family spends every independence day at the river OR y’all are searching for new traditions– everyone can agree there is no better place to view a firework show than at the river. Thanks to Home & Boat Owner Associations and local citizens, there are a number of different…

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Getting to Know the Coosa, A Coosa Homecoming to Lake Mitchell

A Coosa Homecoming by Kristin Trowbridge-Alford It’s been nearly a year since my husband and I temporarily moved our family to Lake Mitchell, taking a reprieve from city life and giving our children an experience we pray they’ll never forget.  We had conjured a plan to sell our home in…

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Is It Safe to Swim?

Is it safe to swim? This was the most common question we received at Coosa Riverkeeper in our first four years, and one that an answer wasn’t readily available for. No one was regularly testing popular swimming areas to make sure it was safe to swim. So, we decided to…

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Getting to Know the Coosa, Big Canoe Creek

With the watershed spanning over 5,000 square miles and 220 miles of river, getting to know the Coosa and her creeks is a lengthy project. “Getting to Know the Coosa” is a series of blog posts that will be highlighting special areas on the Coosa River. These posts are written by…

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Our Summer Newsletter is Here!

Issue 14: Summer 2018 Newsletter CLICK HERE to read the full newsletter! In this Issue: An Overview of the 2018 Swim Guide program including a site list broken down by lakes and tributaries How Alabama Bacteria Standards Inform our Swim Guide Alerts Temp Track is a Wrap + Average Spring…

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What’s the Deal with Swim Club?

What is Swim Club? Swim Club is all about community. River don’t care care of themselves, y’all. They rely on good-hearted folks like you and me to care for them… so your favorite swimmin’ holes aren’t full of beer cans, tires, and even… E.coli. We started Swim Club last summer…

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Alabama Summer Recreation Season Starts Today As Sewage Threats Persist

Alabama’s legally defined summer recreation season starts today, May 1st. Millions of Alabamians are ready for outdoor recreation, but their nearby sewage treatment facilities may not be. Alabama still lacks comprehensive regulations for minimum standards of public notification when sewage spills occur. Fortunately, new tools are available that help Alabamians…

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Meet the 8 Endangered Mussels of the Coosa

How seriously do you take a blaring fire alarm in the middle of the night? Even in a drill, we take an alarm seriously enough to drag ourselves out of bed–and why wouldn’t we? Our lives could be at risk! So why do we glaze over the fact that there…

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Keep the Coosa Crappie (How to Catch the Fish and the Shirt)

by Frank Chitwood, Staff Riverkeeper With our latest Richie Gudzan game fish shirts featuring the white crappie, there’s no better time to talk about the health of the Coosa River crappie population and learn a few things about their life cycle that may help you to catch more. Before we…

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