As part of our Riverkeeper Program, our staff Riverkeeper patrols 5 lakes and dozens of creeks in order to document both pollution and beauty and stay in tune with what’s happening on the river. We conduct extensive water quality monitoring for our Swim Guide program and our Citizen Science Monitoring program.
When we discover an issue, we seek to resolve it. That can be anything from working with state and federal agencies to remove a dam that is eroding a citizen’s stream-bank and blocking fish migration to filing legal action against a permitted polluter who refuses to comply with their pollution permit. To date, we have filed legal action on thousands of violations of the Clean Water Act at sewer plants across the Coosa Valley.
LEARN ABOUT THE ISSUES THE RIVER FACES
Our Fish Guide program works to educate fishermen about fish consumption advisories and fishing best practices. We speak to schools, civic groups, and professional conventions about the Coosa River, its economic and environmental value, the threats it faces, and how we can conserve it. We educate our members and the general public about the river year-round through newsletters, e-mails, radio shows, newspaper articles and events.
SCHEDULE A PRESENTATION
A river has a head and a mouth, but it has not a voice with which to speak in our classrooms, courtrooms and town halls. Coosa Riverkeeper advocates on behalf of the river to ensure it is spoken for when decisions that might impact it are made.
In a number of governmental decisions made every year that can impact the river, officials are required to solicit and respond to public comments. In these situations, our comments advocate for the best interests of the river and the people who use it.