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2020 Swim Guide Sites

Every summer from Memorial Day until Labor Day, you can count on Coosa Riverkeeper to help your family get the skinny before you dip on the Coosa by testing water quality at popular places on the river.  Our team starts sampling water quality conditions weekly starting May 21st and will

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Swim Guide

Swim Guide Season is Always on Our Mind

As many of you already know, our Swim Guide sampling season happens during the time of year that is generally considered to be the best time to be swimming in Alabama (between Memorial Day and Labor Day)! But summer time is always on our mind, and not just because we

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Advocacy

Our Strive For Excellence

Well y’all, we’ve done it again! After over a year of editing, revising, evaluating, discussing, voting, and submitting our robust policies, procedures, and other supporting documents… followed by seven months and three cycles of reviews later… Coosa Riverkeeper has been re-accredited by the Standards for Excellence Institute for the highest standards

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Advocacy

Statewide Coal Ash Website

Coosa Riverkeeper and other environmental nonprofit groups have been fighting against Alabama utilities’ plans to “cap-in-place” their coal ash ponds- a decision that puts the health and well-being of Alabamians at risk. This is certainly the case for communities located on the Coosa. The Gaston Steam located on Lay Lake

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Advocacy

An Open Letter to Our Lay Lake Family

The fight against the proposed Coosa River Toll Bridge is over. Last night, the Shelby County Commission unanimously voted to deny Tim James Inc. the license to build a toll bridge over the Coosa River at Perkins Landing on Lay Lake.  Since we first spoke out on this issue at the Talladega

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Advocacy

Coosa River Toll Bridge: a fight for Lay Lake

Coosa Riverkeeper has been fighting a proposed privately developed tollbridge over Lay Lake at Perkins Landing since late 2019. We’ve attended and spoken at multiple commission meetings in Talladega and Shelby County as well as working with grassroots organizers to fight this unnecessary bridge that will negatively impact Lay Lake

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Advocacy

Early 2020 Newsletter

2020 has started with a bang! Dive into our Early 2020 Newsletter to read about our position on the proposed Coosa River Toll Bridge, learn about E.C.Gaston Steam Plant’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit hearing, get the skinny on how many sewer spills were in your neck of the

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Science

Sanitary Sewer Overflows: A Really Crappy Problem

The term”Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO)” in itself probably invokes an “ew” reaction from most folks, but SSO’s are more of a problem than just being gross.  SSOs carry all of that nasty stuff that gets flushed down the toilet, carrying with it harmful pathogens such as E. coli that adversely

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Fish Guide

We are Fishing for a Fish Guide Coordinator

Fish Guide is designed to engage and educate fishermen about current fish consumption advisories as determined by the Alabama Department of Public Health and offers a variety of information and resources to help folks reel in large game fish on the Coosa through interactive citizen science programs, online maps, and

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Advocacy

Three Public Hearings That Impact the Coosa

Whew, what a start to the new year! Since 2020 began, our team has been hard at work advocating for the river and folks like you that love her. At the beginning of the month I attended an ADEM hosted public meeting regarding “beneficial use byproducts” aka biosolids. I was

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