2016 Analysis of Toxics Release Inventory Data

Every day toxic chemicals are discharged into the Coosa River from factories and power plants that are permitted to do so by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. About Toxic Release Inventory… Some of these chemicals are especially toxic, being known or suspected to cause cancer, developmental or reproductive issues. In…

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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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Getting to know the Coosa, Wetumpka: For the Crater Good

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…

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2018 Swim Guide Summary

With Labor Day weekend in the rearview mirror, the Coosa lakes are about to get a whole lot quieter. School and football reduce the number of boaters and swimmers on the lake dramatically, but for the true river rat September and October are some of the best times of the…

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Intern Highlight Takeover: The Story Tellin’ Sampler, James.

With a staff of three full time employees, it is near impossible to get EVERYTHING we want accomplished.  That’s why we are forever grateful for our interns.  Especially our summer Swim Guide interns. Not a second of their time goes unnoticed to us, but it’s not as easy for y’all…

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Cheers to the Coosa- let’s celebrate and connect!

Join Us for Cheers to the Coosa on Thursday, September 6th! We wake up every day to protect, promote & restore the Coosa River. But on, September 6th, we will be able to sit back, relax & celebrate the river at our annual farm to table dinner, Cheers to the…

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Special Statement on 8/3 Swim Guide Results

This week has had some of the heavier, sustained rains of the season and, as a direct result, water quality conditions in the Coosa River creeks are less than optimal right now. People recreating in the Coosa’s creeks should be extra cautious about where and how they make contact with the…

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Coosa Hydro License Thrown Out in Court

Big Win for the Coosa & its Critters! Last Friday a federal court tossed the decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to grant the Alabama Power Co. a 30-year license to operate the hydropower dams on the Coosa River. The case was filed by American Rivers and Alabama…

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Getting to Know the Coosa, A Coosa Homecoming to Lake Mitchell

A Coosa Homecoming by Kristin Trowbridge-Alford It’s been nearly a year since my husband and I temporarily moved our family to Lake Mitchell, taking a reprieve from city life and giving our children an experience we pray they’ll never forget.  We had conjured a plan to sell our home in…

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Is It Safe to Swim?

Is it safe to swim? This was the most common question we received at Coosa Riverkeeper in our first four years, and one that an answer wasn’t readily available for. No one was regularly testing popular swimming areas to make sure it was safe to swim. So, we decided to…

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