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Our Fall 2019 Newsletter

Click Here to Read Our Latest Newsletter Our Fall 2019 Newsletter is here and ready for you to enjoy!   In this Issue: A Swim Down Memory Lane Toxic Release Inventory History of PCBs in the Coosa Valley Mercury in Your Catch  Staff Changes Please click here to download the

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2017 Analysis of Toxic Release Data

Each year, we dig through tons of data to see which facilities are responsible for releasing toxics into the Coosa River.  This data is publicly available on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Toxic Release Inventory database from 2017. Wait, what? How can companies legally discharge toxins into the river? The Alabama Department of

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Words Fell on Deaf Ears: Director Lance Lefluer’s Job Performance Evaluation

Last Friday, I went to my first Environmental Management Commission (EMC) Committee meeting located at the Alabama Department of Environmental Management’s (ADEM) headquarters in Montgomery in hopes I’d leave with some answers. Why does Lance LeFleur and ADEM give so little dam(n)s about our river? The only reason I attended

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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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Impacts of Mercury on Your Catch

There are two major steam plants on the Coosa in Alabama. The Ernest C. Gaston Steam Plant in Wilsonville on Lay Lake. The Gadsden Steam Plant in Gadsden on Lake Neely Henry burns natural gas. When any plant burn fossil fuels, mercury is released into the atmosphere falls with rain/dust,

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Events

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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Swim Guide

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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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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