Lake Logan Martin: A Look Back

Logan Martin Lake is called the “Lake of a Thousand Coves.” This reservoir is densely populated with both full-time and seasonal residents! Logan Martin Stats 15, 263 acres 275 miles of shoreline 48.5 miles long Click here to dive into more info on Logan Martin Early History: During the time…

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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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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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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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