A Swim Down Memory Lane

This marks five successful years of sampling, analyzing & sharing data on some of the most popular swimming holes along the Coosa River. This season Sarah, Mikyla & Eyanna hit the road to sample 28 sites from Attalla to Wetumpka from the first week of May until Labor Day weekend.

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Silent Auctions: a Deal you Can Feel Good About

Before I dove into the non-profit world I didn’t see the value in Silent Auctions. I honestly was intimidated by the process and didn’t participate. Now, I find Silent Auctions to be the main attraction of any event- and it isn’t because of the bidding wars.

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Should we save you a plate?

Cheers to the Coosa is our annual farm-to-table benefit dinner and it’s coming up on Thursday, September 19th! At our 7th annual benefit dinner, you can expect to be wined & dined with folks who love the Coosa just as much (or more) than you do! 

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To Swim or not to Swim

We were getting constant phone calls & emails asking if it was safe to swim in the Coosa River- and we didn’t have a straight answer. After awhile, it became pretty clear that the lack of water quality information on the Coosa or any freshwater swimming hole in Alabama needed to be addressed- and the only way it could be was through regular water quality monitoring.

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What’s the deal with these advisories?

State governments have the primary responsibility for protecting their citizens from the risks associated with fishing in their local waterways— from eating contaminated fish to interacting with polluted water. In Alabama, the River State, fishing is more than just a past time, it’s a way of life. Fishermen should have the right to know what’s in their fish, and it starts with learning more about the advisories on the Coosa River and how they impact our health.

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What does a “swimmer” look like?

When we think of swimming our minds jump to kicking & splashing but that definition doesn’t even skim the surface of who could be at risk for contracting a recreational water illness.

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Where to catch the Fireworks on the Coosa

We hear that the fireworks this year will be BOOMIN’ so as you are finishing up your short work week, we thought we would give you an idea of where to catch the shows.

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Pools are so last summer

Since 2015, we have made it a priority for folks to know what they are swimming in. Each summer from May til the end of August we invest our time & resources to make sure that you and your family are informed of the water quality at your favorite swimming hole through our Swim Guide Program. We test for the same things that a lifeguard would test for at a swimming pool, but numbers do not mean much if you don’t know what they correspond with! 

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5 ways Swim Guide can Hook a Fishermen

Each summer we call on swimmers & boaters to “get the skinny before they dip”. But what about fishermen?  When we are out testing the first few weeks of Swim Guide, we see a lot of folks on the water. And they aren’t swimmers. Before school lets out & the…

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CSI, a Citizen Science Initiative

As a river flows, small indicators of an unhealthy waterway pass us by without a clue. Forests replaced with real estate developments & farms over saturated with nutrients, become the hand that spoon feeds the river we fish, swim & drink from. Suddenly our once coveted swimming & fishing holes…

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