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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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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All I Want To Do is Swim

“I’d rather swim than eat. I really would.” -The Moviegoer   I remember one of the first times my folks took me to Logan Martin. We had a small jon boat full of tackle and snacks for a long day of fishing. All I wanted to do is swim… all day…

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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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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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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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New Tools to Protect You From Swimming in “Ewwwww”

Thanks to those who signed our petition asking for improved public notification of sewage spills, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management just released two new tools that are the first step in that direction. The first is a map which visualizes all current spills and the second is an opt-in…

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5 Spots to Beat the Heat & Back-to-School Blues this Weekend

It’s mid-August and (we hope) it’s about as hot as it’s going to get this summer. The water temperatures are also getting near the warmest they’ll be. It’s that time of late summer where jumping in a 90° lake doesn’t exactly cool you off the same way a swim did…

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