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A little dirt does hurt…

A large number of our citizen complaints lately have come from concerned folks living next to areas that are being developed. Folks tend to think, “So what? it’s just a little dirt!” At construction sites dirt is carried away by rainwater and into the nearest stormwater ditch or stream. That dirt

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Swim Guide

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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Protect Groundwater Today

The Clean Water Act (CWA) has been the backbone of protecting rivers, lakes, streams, etc. in the United States for over 45 years. In February of 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took comments regarding the interpretation of multiple aspects of the CWA. One of those being the “Application of

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New Interactive Maps of Groundwater Pollution Reveal Threat Posed by Alabama Power Coal Ash Pits

Four Alabama environmental organizations have released new interactive maps highlighting groundwater pollution reported by Alabama Power and Power South at coal ash pits throughout the state. Alabama Power’s federally required monitoring shows significant pollution of groundwater with arsenic, radium, and more. Pollution has persisted even after Alabama Power closed their leaking Gadsden pit

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Events

Our Watering Hole Series is Back

Things you may be thinking right now… at the start of summer: It‘s not the heat—it’s the humidity. Is it hot enough for ya? Man, it’s hot as all get-out! It must be 90 in the shade. You could fry an egg on the sidewalk. The lake feels like bath

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Coal Ash Contaminating Groundwater on Your River (AGAIN)

Clean water is vital to a healthy lifestyle, good coffee/beer/sweet tea/lemonade, and good times for the many who enjoy swimming, fishing, and boating. But y’all, we have a problem and it’s name is coal ash .    So, what is coal ash?    Coal ash is the toxic waste that

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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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Fishing

Where We’re Testing this Year

Lake Neely Henry + Tributaries Little Canoe Creek Big Canoe Creek- 231 Canoe Creek Launch Big Wills Creek Mills Pond- Hokes Bluff Gadsden Riverfront Lake Gadsden Rainbow Landing Ten Islands Park Logan Martin Lake + Tributaries Seddon Point Pell City Lakeside Park Cropwell Branch Stemley Bridge Road Lower Choccolocco Coldwater

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Advocacy

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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Advocacy

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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