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We’re Hiring!

Thank you for your interest but we are no longer accepting applications for this position. Wanna protect places like this? Do you love science, recreation, and holding polluters accountable? Do you want to make a difference in your neck of the woods?  Being the Staff Riverkeeper means you’ll be: the

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Our Staff Riverkeeper sets sail for an adventure of a lifetime

Dear Friends, It is bittersweet that I announce my resignation as your Coosa Riverkeeper. As my nine-year stint comes towards a close in June, I’ve reflected on the many amazing moments and experiences since I first hatched the plan to start Coosa Riverkeeper in January 2010. My wife Misha and

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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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Fish Guide

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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2018: a year at a glance

Learn why 2018 has been a great year by reading the blog post below and be sure to check out our infographic that shows all of this year’s successes! Hundreds of thousands of folks use the Coosa each year to cool off during the summer, to provide supper, to create

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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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Give to the Coosa this Holiday Season, not Landfills

While we anxiously await the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… give to the Coosa this holiday season, not to landfills or big box stores After Summer, many folks shift away from #lakelife or saving the skinny water. Not to mention, from Thanksgiving to New Years, in between the gift giving

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2016 Analysis of Toxics Release Inventory Data

Every day toxic chemicals are discharged into the Coosa River from factories and power plants that are permitted to do so by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. About Toxic Release Inventory… Some of these chemicals are especially toxic, being known or suspected to cause cancer, developmental or reproductive issues. In

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A Sign of Success

A Sign of Success   After many meetings, emails, and lots of important conversations…. Coosa Riverkeeper is excited to announce that with permission from Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Alabama Department of Public Health, we are posting fish consumption advisory signs at the following boat ramps: The Narrows

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Getting to know the Coosa, Wetumpka: For the Crater Good

With the watershed spanning over 5,000 square miles and 220 miles of river, getting to know the Coosa and her creeks is a lengthy project. “Getting to Know the Coosa” is a series of blog posts that will be highlighting special areas on the Coosa River. These posts are written

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