Coosa Riverkeeper is a citizen-based river conservation group with a mission to protect, restore and promote the Coosa River and its tributaries in Alabama. We patrol the waters, educate the public, and advocate for the river. The organization was founded in 2010 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in response to the Coosa River being listed by American Rivers as one of the ten most endangered rivers in the country due to the impacts of hydropower.
From humble beginnings in a small mini-storage warehouse office in Riverside on the banks of Logan Martin Lake, the organization has grown to three full-time staff, an excellent Board of Directors, an Advisory Council, dozens of volunteers and interns and hundreds of members. The organization is nearly equal thirds funded by private foundations, membership from the general public and fundraising events. Our financial disclosures which detail our diverse fundraising sources and how we spend that money to improve the Coosa River can be found in our annual Form 990s.
Coosa Riverkeeper is a proud member of Waterkeeper Alliance, an international network of over 250 organizations working to protect their local waterways on 6 continents. Waterkeepers are found across the globe and within Alabama we are joined by seven other Waterkeepers: Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Cahaba Riverkeeper, Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper, Hurricane Creekkeeper, Mobile Baykeeper, Little River Waterkeeper, and Tennessee Riverkeeper.