How Use Classification of Choccolocco Creek Impacts Water Quality

This year’s summer bacteriological intensive study on Choccolocco Creek, a tributary to Logan Martin Lake, has concluded! Now that we have had some time to digest the data, here are some of the major findings from this year’s sampling: *4 of the 6 sites along Choccolocco Creek exceed water quality…

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Fishing for Answers: a brief history of PCBs in the Coosa Valley

When I was a kid, there was a small creek (more like a ditch) that was near my grandmother’s backyard in Anniston. My dad told me I couldn’t get in it because it might make me sick. Little did I know that years later, that experience would define my career. …

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Why We’re Saving the Skinny Water on our Birthday

Some of y’all have probably noticed us talking about saving the skinny water, like our upcoming event Save the Skinny Water Paddle on Saturday, September 14th in Oxford. More information is available here and info on how to reserve your boat! Well when we say “skinny water”…. we are referring to…

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Where to Float on the Coosa’s Skinny Waters

Looking for an adventure? Look no further… The Coosa has a lot to offer to those seeking an escape from the Alabama heat. One of my favorite ways to do that is to call up my friends and family and float down some her skinny waters. Here are some places…

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Samplers make Swim Guide Possible

Sarah, the Queen of the North Route 1. What is your ideal day on the river?  Tubing, good food, cold beer, and not getting sunburned! 2. What is your favorite river jam?  “Sweet” by Brock Hampton  3. What has been the most rewarding aspect of your internship? Knowing that she…

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Meet our Lead & Outreach Interns

Sawyer, the King of Puns 1. What is your ideal day on the river?  Kayaking followed by a cookout and a bonfire.  2. What is your favorite river jam?  “Julia” by Mountain Joy 3. What has been the most rewarding aspect of your internship? Meeting all the people who come…

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Defying all logic, coal ash is slated to stay on our waterways

Alabama Power has decided that despite their own groundwater data, legitimate public concern, and MAJOR health risks to communities across Alabama, they are going to just leave leaking, unlined coal ash ponds on YOUR waterways. In case you forgot, here is what coal ash is?   Coal ash is the toxic…

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There Must Be Something in the Water: Choccolocco Creek Bacteriological Intensive Study

This summer, Coosa Riverkeeper’s staff and interns from Talladega College’s McNair Scholarship Program are conducting an intensive 5 week study on Choccolocco Creek. Together we are investigating the presence of bacteria on Choccolocco Creek and several of its tributaries throughout Eastaboga, Oxford, and Anniston.   Wanna see this year’s data so…

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Summer 2019 Newsletter is Available for You to JUMP IN!

We’re excited to share our Summer 2019 Newsletter with you!    In this Issue: – What’s In Your Cannonball?– A Little Dirt Does Hurt…– Coal Ash is Contaminating Your River (AGAIN)– Meet our New Riverkeeper – Algae & Water Quality   We hope you look enjoy reading what we’ve been up to…

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A little dirt does hurt…

A large number of our citizen complaints lately have come from concerned folks living next to areas that are being developed. Folks tend to think, “So what? it’s just a little dirt!” At construction sites dirt is carried away by rainwater and into the nearest stormwater ditch or stream. That dirt…

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