Frank Chitwood, Riverkeeper

oxford wastewater chitwo#99 copyAs the staff Riverkeeper, Frank oversees the Riverkeeper Patrol program, monitors water quality, patrols the river, responds to citizen complaints of pollution, and conducts research.

Frank has been the Riverkeeper since 2010 when he helped found the organization. His favorite part of the job is talking to people about the value of the river and finding out their “Coosa Connection.” His least favorite of the job is when he has to tell someone it’s not safe to eat the fish where they live.

The father’s side of Frank’s family has lived along the Etowah tributary of the Coosa River near Lake Allatoona since about 1830 (well before the lake was built). Frank, though, is a first-generation Alabamian. His favorite places in Alabama growing up were Camp Laney in Little River Canyon of the Coosa Valley and Talladega National Forest. He enjoys fishing, paddling, sailing and woodworking in his free time.

Frank graduated cum laude from Boston University with a B.S.B.A. with a dual concentration in Accounting and Entrepreneurship as well as a minor in Environmental Analysis & Policy. For grade school, he attended the Altamont School in Birmingham where he received the William Ransom Johnson Dunn III Award for commitment to his community. He is still active there as the Treasurer of the Altamont Alumni Association Board of Directors.

In 2016, the University of Virginia Environmental Law Journal published Frank’s law review article titled “Who Owns Alabama’s Coosa River.”