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!


We’re already salivating over the menu…

2014 Avondale Beer Dinner Menu


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


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 


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

Cambodian Red Curry Wings & Thighs | Lime Scented Jasmine Rice 


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!


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:



Fleets, Quarries, and Fishing for Answers


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!

Whole Foods

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!


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!

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! 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)