To Swim or not to Swim

We were getting constant phone calls & emails asking if it was safe to swim in the Coosa River- and we didn’t have a straight answer. After awhile, it became pretty clear that the lack of water quality information on the Coosa or any freshwater swimming hole in Alabama needed to be addressed- and the only way it could be was through regular water quality monitoring.

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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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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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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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Pools are so last summer

Since 2015, we have made it a priority for folks to know what they are swimming in. Each summer from May til the end of August we invest our time & resources to make sure that you and your family are informed of the water quality at your favorite swimming hole through our Swim Guide Program. We test for the same things that a lifeguard would test for at a swimming pool, but numbers do not mean much if you don’t know what they correspond with! 

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Our Watering Hole Series is Back

Things you may be thinking right now… at the start of summer: It‘s not the heat—it’s the humidity. Is it hot enough for ya? Man, it’s hot as all get-out! It must be 90 in the shade. You could fry an egg on the sidewalk. The lake feels like bath…

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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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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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