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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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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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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What does a “swimmer” look like?

When we think of swimming our minds jump to kicking & splashing but that definition doesn’t even skim the surface of who could be at risk for contracting a recreational water illness.

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Where We’re Testing this Year

Lake Neely Henry + Tributaries Little Canoe Creek Big Canoe Creek- 231 Canoe Creek Launch Big Wills Creek Mills Pond- Hokes Bluff Gadsden Riverfront Lake Gadsden Rainbow Landing Ten Islands Park Logan Martin Lake + Tributaries Seddon Point Pell City Lakeside Park Cropwell Branch Stemley Bridge Road Lower Choccolocco Coldwater…

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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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“That… looks… infected…”

We frequently get photographs or videos sent to us of bass who have seen better days. Sores, blisters, sometimes red in places that are normally white. “What’s wrong with the bass?”is the logical question that accompanies these photos. We received one such video this week that is such a good…

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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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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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A Sign of Success

A Sign of Success   After many meetings, emails, and lots of important conversations…. Coosa Riverkeeper is excited to announce that with permission from Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Alabama Department of Public Health, we are posting fish consumption advisory signs at the following boat ramps: The Narrows…

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