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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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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