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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How Use Classification of Choccolocco Creek Impacts Water Quality

This year’s summer bacteriological intensive study on Choccolocco Creek, a tributary to Logan Martin Lake, has concluded! Now that we have had some time to digest the data, here are some of the major findings from this year’s sampling: *4 of the 6 sites along Choccolocco Creek exceed water quality…

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Samplers make Swim Guide Possible

Sarah, the Queen of the North Route 1. What is your ideal day on the river?  Tubing, good food, cold beer, and not getting sunburned! 2. What is your favorite river jam?  “Sweet” by Brock Hampton  3. What has been the most rewarding aspect of your internship? Knowing that she…

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Meet our Lead & Outreach Interns

Sawyer, the King of Puns 1. What is your ideal day on the river?  Kayaking followed by a cookout and a bonfire.  2. What is your favorite river jam?  “Julia” by Mountain Joy 3. What has been the most rewarding aspect of your internship? Meeting all the people who come…

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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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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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There Must Be Something in the Water: Choccolocco Creek Bacteriological Intensive Study

This summer, Coosa Riverkeeper’s staff and interns from Talladega College’s McNair Scholarship Program are conducting an intensive 5 week study on Choccolocco Creek. Together we are investigating the presence of bacteria on Choccolocco Creek and several of its tributaries throughout Eastaboga, Oxford, and Anniston.   Wanna see this year’s data so…

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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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