Voices for Clean Air (+ Water)

Our Executive Director, Justinn Overton, believes that clean air, water, and soil are all interconnected and that every Alabamian has a right to each of them. Learn about Justinn’s love for water, teaching yoga, and environmental justice in a short film produced by GASP as a part of their Partner for Clean Air campaign. 

 

Here’s Who’s Been Dumping Toxic Waste in the Coosa

Did you know that nearly one million pounds of toxic chemicals are dumped into the Coosa River each year? Nearly 95% of that waste comes from two Koch Foods chicken processing plants near Gadsden in the form of nitrate compounds. Excessive nitrogen pollution stimulates the growth of aquatic plants, weeds and…

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Happy 45th Anniversary to the Clean Water Act!

The Clean Water Act became law of the land on October 18, 1972.  The Act was intended to protect all of our waters – from the smallest streams to the mightiest rivers – from pollution and destruction. Today we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. It should be…

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Sewage Permits Stricter Under New Regulations

Sewage plants in Alabama will now have to meet tighter limits for E. coli bacteria in order to make it safer to swim and fish in the state’s creeks thanks to changes in the state’s regulations pushed for by river conservation organizations. The new regulations lower the maximum concentration of…

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New Tools to Protect You From Swimming in “Ewwwww”

Thanks to those who signed our petition asking for improved public notification of sewage spills, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management just released two new tools that are the first step in that direction. The first is a map which visualizes all current spills and the second is an opt-in…

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Threats Posed by Coal Ash in Wilsonville Highlighted in Recent Filings

  The Alabama Power Company released an Emergency Action Plan for the Gaston Steam Plant in Wilsonville including maps detailing areas that would be inundated with coal ash if the Plant’s dams were to fail. Failures have occurred at these types of dams in the recent past, like in the…

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Check Fish Guide for New Advisories

Last month, the Alabama Department of Public Health released the annual fish consumption advisories list. Our Fish Guide program takes that complicated list and distills it into easy to use maps and infographics that will get you up to speed and out fishing faster. We recently completed updating our interactive…

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Special Statement on Swim Guide Results for 6/22

See this week’s Swim Guide>>> Tropical Storm Cindy created poor water quality conditions across Alabama. The public should be extremely cautious around any river or creek and avoid recreation until conditions normalize. Currently, high levels of bacteria, debris and mud are washing down our creeks and rivers and into our lakes,…

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Lawsuit Against Oxford Proceeds

Last Friday, a federal court ruled that Coosa Riverkeeper and the Southern Environmental Law Center can proceed with claims against the Oxford Tull C. Allen Wastewater Treatment Plant on Choccolocco Creek. In response to a motion to dismiss filed by the Oxford Water Works and Sewer Board, the U.S. District Court…

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Waterkeepers Inform ADEM that Sewer Permits Don’t Comply with New Law

Alabama’s eight Waterkeeper Alliance member organizations submitted a letter to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and the Environmental Protection Agency today observing that ADEM recently noticed seven sewer plant permits (click for map) for public comment that do not comply with new regulations. In December 2016, the Alabama Environmental Management Commission,…

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