What You’ve Helped Us Accomplish in 2014

People like YOU make our work possible! 

Each time we launch our boat, grab a water sample, or speak to a civic group… you’re there with us in spirit! The Coosa River has a head and a mouth, but no voice. Coosa Riverkeeper is the voice of the Coosa River, speaking on its behalf. We consider people like YOU, our membership, to be the heart of our organization!

One of this year’s biggest successes has been the expansion of our patrol fleet by adding a truck and a large deck boat, the Laura Moore II. The Laura Moore II, named after the only steamboat to ever navigate the entire Coosa River, has increased our ability to patrol our lakes! Plus, it will allow us to take important members like you with us on the river to see its beauty and the issues it faces!

With your support, we make ripples in the community… 

will you donate today?

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In the past year, your membership dollars have helped us:

Thank you for your continual support and love for the Coosa River! Happy Holidays!

See you on the river in 2015,

Coosa Riverkeeper Staff & Board of Directors

Join Us for a Fall Harvest Dinner on November 12th

Join Coosa Riverkeeper and Stone’s Throw Bar & Grill on Wednesday, November 12 at 6:30 PM for a Fall Harvest Dinner and last Cheers to the Coosa dinner of 2014!

Chef Chris Harrigan, a Coosa Riverkeeper Board member, will prepared a seasonally inspired three course meal featuring local produce from Mt. Laurel Farm, Heron Hollow Farm, and foraged foods by Chris “Forager Man” Bennett. Hors D’oeuvres will be served at 6:30 PM and guest can take their seat at 7:00 PM for the 3 seated courses. Wine + local craft beer from Good People Brewing Co. Tickets are $65 per plate.

Tax, gratuity, and membership to Coosa Riverkeeper, your clean water advocacy group in the Coosa Valley, is included in your ticket purchase.

Buy your tickets TODAY! 

We dare you to try not to drool on your keyboard at the menu below…

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Starters (choose one)

Fall Crispy Potato & Leek Soup with Sorrell Creme Fraiche

Mt. Laurel Farm Baby Lettuces with radish, spiced pecans, honey crisp apple and cider vinagriette

Entree Choices (choose one)

Wood Grilled Gaucho Steak with smashed purple yams, caramelized brussel sprouts and salsa criolla

Greek Style Oven Roasted Alabama Catfish with lemon garlic spinach, red creamer potatoes, kalamata olives, and extra virgin olive oil

Pecan Crusted Chicken Breast on roast sweet potatoes, baby green beans, and maple butter

Marinated and Pan Seared Crusted Tofu with roast spaghetti squash, toasted pepitas, crispy sage and miso-balsamic glaze

Sweets (choose one)

Dulce de Leche Creme Brulee

Warm Dark Chocolate & Banana Bread Pudding

Cheers to the Coosa | Avondale Beer Dinner

Join Coosa Riverkeeper and Avondale Brewing Co. on Thursday, September 18, 2014 for the 2014 Cheers to the Coosa: Avondale Beer Dinner! This unique dining experience will feature local food prepared by Chef Sean Butler of Food Studio B (2014 winner of Iron City Chef Challenge) perfectly paired with Avondale Brewing Company beer.

$60 ticket includes:

  • 4 tasty Avondale brews
  • a delicious 4 course meal
  • 1 year membership to Coosa Riverkeeper
  • 1 ticket to River Dan Band show (concert follows beer dinner- starts at 8 PM)

Guests can walk around at their leisure to enjoy the pairings and a silent auction with a variety of items including 2 VIP tickets to CukoRakko Music & Arts Festival and much more! Guests may arrive as early as 6pm, and we recommend you get there by 7pm so you’ll get in on the eating while it’s fresh as the farm!

BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

We’re already salivating over the menu…

2014 Avondale Beer Dinner Menu

SNACKS

Nicoise Salad on Malted Grilled Flat Bread | Olive Oil Cured Tuna | Marinated Vegetables | 6 Minute Egg | Dijon Vinaigrette | Malted Potato Flatbread

Southernized  Cuban Whoopi Pie | Slow Smoked Pork Shoulder | White Cheddar Pimento Cheese | House  Chow-Chow | White BBQ Sauce | Corn Bread Griddle Cakes

VEGGIE

Kimchi Pancakes | Fermented Black Bean Pancakes | House Fermented Vegetables | Soy-Sesame Sauce

Peach & Arugula & Blue Cheese Toast Pickled Peaches | Herb Arugula Salad | Asher Blue | House Focaccia 

MEAT

Braised Lamb Short Ribs | Vanillaphant Braised Lamb Short Ribs |  Eggplant & Pepper Relish | Salt Roasted Fingerlings 

Cambodian Red Curry Wings & Thighs | Lime Scented Jasmine Rice 

SWEETS

Belgian Sugar Waffle Miss Fancy’s Brown Butter Syrup | Caramelized Macintosh Apples | Sweet Cream Gelato 

Beer & Peach Pot Pie | White Peach Vanilla Bean  Gelato |  Spiced Peaches in Avondale Saison | Buttery Pastry Crust 

 

 

Road to CukoRakko Series: August 30 – October 5

We are so excited to join forces with CukoRakko Music & Arts Festival & Avondale Brewing Company to raise awareness about the importance of the Coosa River and how it provides for us!

Over the next two months, we will benefit from the Road to CukoRakko Series and hope you’ll come join us for one, two, or ALL of these great events that are sure to be great fundraisers and friend-raisers! Help us spread the word!

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Downright’s BREWFEST/College Kick Off Party is THIS SATURDAY presented by Cadence Bank featuring performances from Downright, DJ Logic, The Uri Band, and NoeL! We’ll have big screens for the Alabama and Auburn games during the day, mobile climbing wall from Idlewild Adventure Co., tie dye booth, and great artists and vendors!

JOIN US! Buy your tickets here!

Brewfest 2014

 

Road to CukoRakko Events:

 

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Fleets, Quarries, and Fishing for Answers

THE COOSA CONNECTION

Issue 7: Summer 2014 Newsletter

Click here to read about the newest addition to our fleet, information on proposed White Rock Quarries in Vincent, the history of the River Legend the Laura Moore, and our Clean Fish, Healthy Communities program- addressing fish consumption advisories on the Coosa!

Don’t forget to renew your membership today!

               Summer 2014 Newsletter

Christmas in July

It’s been a great summer… our staff has been very busy working on our new patrol boat, the Laura Moore II, and our patrol truck. We‘ve been focused on outreach, hosting events around the watershed, and looking into 2015 when we received two “presents” that made it feel like it’s Christmas in July! 

Coosa Riverkeeper was selected for Whole Foods-Mountain Brook‘s 5% Giving Day on July 1st. Our staff and volunteers came in full force (with boat in tow) and spent the entire day engaging with customers about our work to protect and restore the Coosa River! We saw lots of our members and made some new friends too– thank you for coming to support us!

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We’re excited to say that it was the biggest 5% Day they EVER had–totaling $5,130.11! 

Additionally, Coosa Riverkeeper was selected to receive a percentage of sales from WaterWheel Foundation at the upcoming Phish show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on August 1st. The net proceeds raised at each show – fan donations plus the sale of WaterWheel logo merchandise and items autographed by the band – are donated to the organization tabling at the show (us!!!!), after deducting overhead costs. This is a HUGE opportunity for us to speak with the thousands of “phans” who will attend the SOLD OUT show about the importance of clean rivers!

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Thank you for all of your support and believing in our work. When opportunities like Whole Food’s 5% Giving Day & WaterWheel Foundation come our way, we’re reminded how far we’ve come… with you by our side.

Shop at Whole Foods on July 1st to support Coosa Riverkeeper!

Y’all- we can’t contain ourselves! Coosa Riverkeeper was selected by the staff at Whole Foods-Mountain Brook as the beneficiary of a 5% Giving Day on July 1st!

5% Giving Day!

Here’s Justinn (Executive Director) at Whole Foods with the paperwork! It’s a great time to stock up for the 4th AND help protect your river!

 

You’re probably thinking, what exactly does that mean?  Whole Foods-Mountain Brook will donate 5% of one days sales on July 1 to Coosa Riverkeeper!  Meaning the more you and your friends shop the more they donate! Donations help support our work to protect, restore, and promote the Coosa River and its tributaries! 

Not sure where this store is located? Click here for hours, directions, and more information!

 How can I help?

  • Come do your grocery shopping and stock up for your 4th of July party!
  • Tell your friends & family about Coosa Riverkeeper & encourage them to shop too!
  • Help us promote the event on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Don’t forget to follow Whole Foods-Mountain Brook on Facebook for deals, sales, and info about the event too!
  • Stop by our informational table at Whole Foods on July 1 and give us a high five!
  • Be sure to thank the Whole Foods staff for choosing Coosa Riverkeeper as the benefiting organization for this 5% Giving Day at check out!

We’ll see you on July 1st at

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Don’t miss the boat! Join us!

YOU ARE INVITED!

Join us for the christening ceremony of Coosa Riverkeeper’s newest patrol vessel, Laura Moore II, on June 6th at 6:30 PM at Back Forty Beer Co. in Gadsden! Live music will be provided by Bernie Worrell Orchestra, food will be available from Soulswine Catering Co, and delicious beer from Back Forty Beer Co (brewed with water from the Coosa)!

Laura Moore II

The Laura Moore II has 5 times the seating capacity of our old patrol boat, The Olive, which will improve our ability to conduct on-the-water research and education throughout the Coosa Valley of Alabama. Thanks to the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham for their support in acquiring this new equipment for the Riverkeeper Patrol Program!

Wanna show your love for the Coosa AND see your company’s logo on our truck/boat?       Please contact our office for sponsorship information at 205-981-6565 or info@coosariver.org!

Coosa River Whitewater Festival Recap

We’re back from the Coosa River Whitewater Festival which took place on a beautiful weekend in Wetumpka. We enjoyed watching the whitewater competition and live music while hosting the 2nd stage of our Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament. This stage was presented by River Bank & Trust. Our anglers set out at 5:30am and fished until nearly 5pm! They were tired but had a great day! Joseph Wayne Harris was crowned the Best Angler with a 59.5″ 3-bass stringer that also included a Best Bass of 21.75″. He broke the All-Time Record for Best Stringer by 2.75″. Jake Kiser claimed the Best Young Angler for the third consecutive stage with a 46.5″ stringer, slightly better than his father Michael; together the two claimed the Best Family Duo for the second consecutive stage with a combined 6-bass stringer of 92.5″. Rounding out the Top 5 Overall were Josh Tidwell (56″), Corey Galloway (54.75″), Tony Craig (54.25″), and Isaac Brinkley (49″). Our winners split over $1,500 in prizes from our amazing sponsors!

Check out the pictures from both the fishing and whitewater competition: