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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Samplers make Swim Guide Possible

Sarah, the Queen of the North Route 1. What is your ideal day on the river?  Tubing, good food, cold beer, and not getting sunburned! 2. What is your favorite river jam?  “Sweet” by Brock Hampton  3. What has been the most rewarding aspect of your internship? Knowing that she…

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Defying all logic, coal ash is slated to stay on our waterways

Alabama Power has decided that despite their own groundwater data, legitimate public concern, and MAJOR health risks to communities across Alabama, they are going to just leave leaking, unlined coal ash ponds on YOUR waterways. In case you forgot, here is what coal ash is?   Coal ash is the toxic…

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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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Frank Chitwood named 2019 River Hero

Want to congratulate Frank? He wants you to click here to support his Riverkeeper Transition Campaign. The Alabama Rivers Alliance recognized leaders from across the state at their River Celebration Awards Banquet Saturday, March 16 as part of their annual Alabama Water Rally conference at Camp Beckwith in Fairhope, Alabama. The…

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Winter Newsletter 2019

In this issue: Trispot Darter: threatened! Introducing CSI: Citizen Science Initiative 2019 Temp Track Season 2018 Financials Riverkeeper Sets Sail We hope you’ll take a few minutes to learn about these important issues we’ve been working on…

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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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Save the Clean Water Act

The Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public comments on a risky, unprecedented proposal dismantling the Clean Water Act, America’s bedrock environmental protection that protects your rivers, lakes, creeks, and skinny waters! Read up on our previous blog post about the “Waters of the U.S. Rule.” When you hear that…

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