Lyngbya

There’s an organism that has been growing in the Coosa River for decades that has massive potential to damage our lakes, yet few lake homeowners and fishermen may be aware of it. It can cause skin irritation, respiratory issues and even fish kills and on top of it all, it smells very bad.

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Coosa Riverkeeper Notifies Eddleman of Intent to Sue for Pollution

On April 16, Coosa Riverkeeper, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, notified Doug Eddleman of their intention to file suit for violations at the Village at Highland Lakes Development in Shelby County. “Sediment from the construction site at the Village at Highland Lakes Development is inundating the river system,…

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“That… looks… infected…”

We frequently get photographs or videos sent to us of bass who have seen better days. Sores, blisters, sometimes red in places that are normally white. “What’s wrong with the bass?”is the logical question that accompanies these photos. We received one such video this week that is such a good…

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Coosa Riverkeeper, Oxford Water Works Board, and State Reach Settlement Agreement

Last week, an Order of the Settlement was entered resolving two lawsuits alleging violations at the Oxford Tull C. Allen Wastewater Treatment Plant, which discharges treated wastewater into Choccolocco Creek. Coosa Riverkeeper, Oxford Waterworks and Sewer Board, the State of Alabama, and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management reached a…

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Why the Coosa Floods

Why do some lakes on the Coosa flood when others don’t? As we’ll explain, it’s because some lakes are flood control lakes whereas other lakes are what we call “run of river.” Lay Lake, Lake Mitchell and Lake Jordan are run of river lakes. Their levels do not vary considerably…

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Protecting the Trispot Darter

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service recently announced a proposal to protect the trispot darter under the Endangered Species Act as a “Threatened” species. This cute little fish, growing to only a little over one inch long, is currently known to occur in only 20% of its historical range, which…

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“Waters of the United States”

We should protect from the pollution the waterways that we use for drinking water, commercial fisheries and recreation. Who couldn’t agree with that? Polluters, apparently. When you hear that there are laws like the Clean Water Act that protect our waterways, you might think those laws apply to, well, all…

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2018 Swim Guide Summary

With Labor Day weekend in the rearview mirror, the Coosa lakes are about to get a whole lot quieter. School and football reduce the number of boaters and swimmers on the lake dramatically, but for the true river rat September and October are some of the best times of the…

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Special Statement on 8/3 Swim Guide Results

This week has had some of the heavier, sustained rains of the season and, as a direct result, water quality conditions in the Coosa River creeks are less than optimal right now. People recreating in the Coosa’s creeks should be extra cautious about where and how they make contact with the…

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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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