Coosa Hydro License Thrown Out in Court

Big Win for the Coosa & its Critters! Last Friday a federal court tossed the decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to grant the Alabama Power Co. a 30-year license to operate the hydropower dams on the Coosa River. The case was filed by American Rivers and Alabama…

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Getting to Know the Coosa, A Coosa Homecoming to Lake Mitchell

A Coosa Homecoming by Kristin Trowbridge-Alford It’s been nearly a year since my husband and I temporarily moved our family to Lake Mitchell, taking a reprieve from city life and giving our children an experience we pray they’ll never forget.  We had conjured a plan to sell our home in…

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Is It Safe to Swim?

Is it safe to swim? This was the most common question we received at Coosa Riverkeeper in our first four years, and one that an answer wasn’t readily available for. No one was regularly testing popular swimming areas to make sure it was safe to swim. So, we decided to…

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Our Summer Newsletter is Here!

Issue 14: Summer 2018 Newsletter CLICK HERE to read the full newsletter! In this Issue: An Overview of the 2018 Swim Guide program including a site list broken down by lakes and tributaries How Alabama Bacteria Standards Inform our Swim Guide Alerts Temp Track is a Wrap + Average Spring…

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What’s the Deal with Swim Club?

What is Swim Club? Swim Club is all about community. River don’t care care of themselves, y’all. They rely on good-hearted folks like you and me to care for them… so your favorite swimmin’ holes aren’t full of beer cans, tires, and even… E.coli. We started Swim Club last summer…

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Alabama Summer Recreation Season Starts Today As Sewage Threats Persist

Alabama’s legally defined summer recreation season starts today, May 1st. Millions of Alabamians are ready for outdoor recreation, but their nearby sewage treatment facilities may not be. Alabama still lacks comprehensive regulations for minimum standards of public notification when sewage spills occur. Fortunately, new tools are available that help Alabamians…

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5 Free Ways to Get Involved

5 Free Ways to Get Involved to Support Coosa Riverkeeper We get it. You’ve got bills to pay. Mouths to feed. Lights to keep on. Presents to buy. So, we’ve put together a short list of FREE ways you can help us make an impact in your neck of the woods… …

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Wilsonville Groundwater Contaminated by Alabama Power Coal Plant

Last Friday, the Alabama Power Company released groundwater monitoring data for the Gaston Steam Plant in Wilsonville to the public for the first time. The disclosures, totaling over 2,500 pages, indicate that both the coal ash pond and the gypsum pond (areas where waste is stored) are leeching into groundwater.…

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What is a Watershed?

Take a look at where you are standing. No matter where you are in the world, you are a part of a watershed. If you are in Alabama right now, you are most likely standing in one of the most biologically diverse watersheds in the country. Watersheds can be tricky…

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New Temperature Tracking Tool for Fishermen

Today we launched a new feature called Temp Track on our Fish Guide platform which enables fishermen to check recent river temperatures reported by a network of citizen-scientist volunteers. Fishermen can use this information to better understand the changing river conditions during the spawning season. Our goal is to connect…

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