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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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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Protect Groundwater Today

The Clean Water Act (CWA) has been the backbone of protecting rivers, lakes, streams, etc. in the United States for over 45 years. In February of 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took comments regarding the interpretation of multiple aspects of the CWA. One of those being the “Application of…

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New Interactive Maps of Groundwater Pollution Reveal Threat Posed by Alabama Power Coal Ash Pits

Four Alabama environmental organizations have released new interactive maps highlighting groundwater pollution reported by Alabama Power and Power South at coal ash pits throughout the state. Alabama Power’s federally required monitoring shows significant pollution of groundwater with arsenic, radium, and more. Pollution has persisted even after Alabama Power closed their leaking Gadsden pit…

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