Our Fall 2019 Newsletter

Click Here to Read Our Latest Newsletter Our Fall 2019 Newsletter is here and ready for you to enjoy!   In this Issue: A Swim Down Memory Lane Toxic Release Inventory History of PCBs in the Coosa Valley Mercury in Your Catch  Staff Changes Please click here to download the…

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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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A Swim Down Memory Lane

This marks five successful years of sampling, analyzing & sharing data on some of the most popular swimming holes along the Coosa River. This season Sarah, Mikyla & Eyanna hit the road to sample 28 sites from Attalla to Wetumpka from the first week of May until Labor Day weekend.

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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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Why We’re Saving the Skinny Water on our Birthday

Some of y’all have probably noticed us talking about saving the skinny water, like our upcoming event Save the Skinny Water Paddle on Saturday, September 14th in Oxford. More information is available here and info on how to reserve your boat! Well when we say “skinny water”…. we are referring to…

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What’s the deal with these advisories?

State governments have the primary responsibility for protecting their citizens from the risks associated with fishing in their local waterways— from eating contaminated fish to interacting with polluted water. In Alabama, the River State, fishing is more than just a past time, it’s a way of life. Fishermen should have the right to know what’s in their fish, and it starts with learning more about the advisories on the Coosa River and how they impact our health.

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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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Summer 2019 Newsletter is Available for You to JUMP IN!

We’re excited to share our Summer 2019 Newsletter with you!    In this Issue: – What’s In Your Cannonball?– A Little Dirt Does Hurt…– Coal Ash is Contaminating Your River (AGAIN)– Meet our New Riverkeeper – Algae & Water Quality   We hope you look enjoy reading what we’ve been up to…

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A little dirt does hurt…

A large number of our citizen complaints lately have come from concerned folks living next to areas that are being developed. Folks tend to think, “So what? it’s just a little dirt!” At construction sites dirt is carried away by rainwater and into the nearest stormwater ditch or stream. That dirt…

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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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