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:

Registration closes Thursday night for Coosa River Whitewater Festival

Only 36 hours remain to register for the Coosa River Whitewater Festival stage presented by River Bank & Trust as part of the 2014 Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament. Despite heavy storms across much of the state earlier in the week, Jordan Dam will be releasing the scheduled flow for Saturday of about 8,000 cfs. Weather forecast calls for a bright, sunny day with air temps rising from the low 50s to the high 70s. We couldn’t ask for more! Fishing will be great, live music and parties both nights will provide fun and camaraderie. So what are you waiting for? Get your friends together! Register at www.coosakayakfishing.com! Registration closes Thursday at midnight!

Coosa Riverkeeper Opposes White Rock Quarries’ Permits

Today the Southern Environmental Law Center submitted written scientific and technical arguments on behalf of Coosa Riverkeeper and our 400+ members to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management with regards to the proposed White Rock Quarries limestone quarry in Vincent on the banks of the Coosa River at Lay Lake. This comment letter argues that the permit may not be issued as drafted because it will cause damage to private property, potentially harm three federally-protected threatened and endangered species, endanger a public water supply, and introduce an excessive sediment load into the Coosa River and Spring Creek, among other issues.

If you’d like to read our comment letter, choose from the links below. The first link will download faster but will not include the exhibits which contain maps and photographs.

Read letter without exhibits (1 MB)

Read letter with exhibits (7 MB)

New Coosa River Maps Give You a New Perspective

Today Coosa Riverkeeper releases two new maps which present a new look on a river that’s flowed through Alabama since before maps were even a thing! First, our new “Coosa Valley of Alabama” map updates our basin-wide map of the Coosa, it’s six main lakes, and many important tributaries. Now you can enjoy learning the names of many of the Coosa’s important creeks! Secondly, the “Coosa River Transit System” map presents a non-conventional way of viewing our river system as though it were a subway system.

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Maps are far more than an educational tool or a conversation starter, they are an insight into the way we view the world around us. What we choose to display on a map, and just as importantly-what we choose to leave off, says a lot about the way we see ourselves within our environment. Alabama’s rivers feature prominently on any map of our great state, and are even the central figure of the Great Seal of the State of Alabama.

Our “Coosa Valley of Alabama” map shows some of the larger cities in the watershed as well as the names of our six large lakes and the names of the most significant creeks. We use this map, which we display at events with a four foot tall print-out, to help people find their Coosa Connection and put a geographical pin to the places we work so passionately to protect. This map is a fairly standard projection of our watershed, generated by former Director Dr. Miriam Hill from JSU, with labels added by our staff Riverkeeper.

Coosa River Metro MapThe “Coosa River Transit System” map on the other hand is an endeavor designed to present a new way of looking at the Coosa. According to the map’s creator, our Riverkeeper Frank Chitwood, “The primary purpose of this map is to illustrate the disconnected state of the Coosa River. Due to an almost complete impoundment of the Coosa in Alabama with eight Alabama Power dams, the Coosa’s six lakes are each detached from one another in many ways. Though water flows from one lake to the next as the river descends from the highlands towards the Gulf, neither fish nor man can cross these large structures.” As such, each lake and it’s associated tributary creeks are displayed on this map as though they were their own line on a subway system, each connected only by the Blue Coosa River Line.

White Rock Quarries Public Hearing Shows Public Opposition to River Threat

Last night at a public hearing in Vincent, Coosa Riverkeeper Frank Chitwood delivered oral arguments that the proposed White Rock Quarries will threaten water quality in the Coosa River. The public hearing was part of the public comment period which ends at 5PM on April 21, 2014. Martin Reed of Al.com wrote an article summarizing the public’s overwhelming opposition to the limestone quarry. Interested citizens can learn more about the quarry and how to submit their own comments on our webpage.

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Karen Jensen, a member of the public who loves the Coosa River, speaks in opposition to the quarry.

New Coosa Connections!

chris-harrigan-2Join Coosa Riverkeeper and Stone’s Throw Bar & Grill on March 6th at 6 PM for a fabulous dinner! Tickets are available here for this one of a kind dinner!

Chef Chris Harrigan of Stone’s Throw Bar & Grill located in Mt. Laurel just off Yellow Leaf Creek is one of our newest Board members! We’re excited to share and highlight both of their connections to the Coosa River at this dinner! 

Hors D’oeuvres will be served with a special cocktail using Virginia Pine Needle and the 4 seated courses will be paired with wines (local craft beer pairing from Avondale Brewing Company is also available). $65 per plate, tax and gratuity included.

We look forward to sharing a meal with you and raising a glass to the river! Click here to buy your tickets today!

The Menu

Enjoy Hors D’oeuvres and socialize beginning at 6PM

  • Virginia Pine Needle cocktail
  • Alabama River Alligator Fritters
  • Nilgai Sausage Crostini
  • Buffalo Meat Balls

Guests will take their seats around 6:30PM for 4 seated courses

Sea Course: Alabama Bouillabaisse with Speckled Trout, Grouper and Red Snapper

Air Course: Quail, Pheasant, Chucker

Land Course: Venison with Wild Mushroom Pappardelle noodles

Sweet: McEwen & Sons Cornmeal Poundcake with Alabama Fruit Preserve and Honey Rosemary Ice Cream

2014 Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament Dates

2014 Tournament Trail Announced

SAVE THE DATES and GET READY!

2014 Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament Series features:

March 29th: Lay Lake Open
May 3rd: Coosa River Whitewater Festival
June 7th: Lake Neely Henry Open
September 6th: Logan Martin Open
October 25th & 26th: Coosa Classic

Y’all check out the CCKFT Facebook page & website for more information. This year is going to be a blast and we hope we’ll see you on the river! Stay tuned for some great PRIZES!

Go on & register for individual stages OR purchase a…

VIA YEAR PASS(Very Important Angler)

Get registered for all 5 stages AND receive a Paddle Out/Coosa Riverkeeper Spotted Bass t-shirt* for only $225! That’s like paying only $41 to enter each stage if you attend all 5 or $51.25 per stage if you only make it to 4! You can either pay the full price outright now by clicking BUY NOW or pay for the package in 4 payments of $56.25 that will be drafted every two weeks by clicking SUBSCRIBE.

*while supplies last