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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Where to Float on the Coosa’s Skinny Waters

Looking for an adventure? Look no further… The Coosa has a lot to offer to those seeking an escape from the Alabama heat. One of my favorite ways to do that is to call up my friends and family and float down some her skinny waters. Here are some places…

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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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Where to catch the Fireworks on the Coosa

We hear that the fireworks this year will be BOOMIN’ so as you are finishing up your short work week, we thought we would give you an idea of where to catch the shows.

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Why the Coosa Floods

Why do some lakes on the Coosa flood when others don’t? As we’ll explain, it’s because some lakes are flood control lakes whereas other lakes are what we call “run of river.” Lay Lake, Lake Mitchell and Lake Jordan are run of river lakes. Their levels do not vary considerably…

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2018: a year at a glance

Learn why 2018 has been a great year by reading the blog post below and be sure to check out our infographic that shows all of this year’s successes! Hundreds of thousands of folks use the Coosa each year to cool off during the summer, to provide supper, to create…

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Getting to Know the Coosa, Big Canoe Creek

With the watershed spanning over 5,000 square miles and 220 miles of river, getting to know the Coosa and her creeks is a lengthy project. “Getting to Know the Coosa” is a series of blog posts that will be highlighting special areas on the Coosa River. These posts are written by…

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How to Use Temp Track to Catch Bass

Chuck Graham just won $10,000 at the Alabama Bass Trail Lay Lake stop. Chuck helped us develop the Temp Track program, where dozens of volunteer monitors report water temperatures during the peak fishing season. He uses Temp Track himself to stay in tune with the spring rise in water temperatures…

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Removing Goodwin’s Mill Dam

We set Big Canoe Creek free in November 2013 for the first time in 130 years by removing Goodwin’s Mill Dam! Check out our short video highlighting the history of the dam and actual footage of the dam removal and bank restoration! Big Canoe Creek is an important tributary to the Coosa. Removing…

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