NEW Redeye Bass Shirts Available!

Check out these great redeye bass shirts designed by artist Richie Gudzan of Paddle Out for our second shirt in our series of Coosa River game fish. These great shirts are available for purchase for $25 (shipping included) here!

Read on to learn about why it’s important to Save the Skinny Water!

Close up of the back of the shirt:

SkinnyWater BACK

skinny water – \’skinē wä-tər \ – n. –

a shallow creek which often houses a diversity of fish,
mussels, snails & crawfish.

exampleHey buddy, let’s go fish some skinny water this weekend!
origin: Deep South, USA.

The skinny waters of the Coosa harbor dozens of unique species of fish like the redeye bass (Micropterus coosae). They are a member of the black bass family and while they don’t grow super large- the state record is 3 lbs., 2 oz.- they are every bit as beautiful as the skinny waters in which you find them!

Skinny waters on the Coosa are also home to the shoals spider-lily (usually called the Cahaba lily ’round these parts). The creeks that make up the skinny waters of the Coosa provide an abundance of fresh water to our lakes and take charge of the difficult task of protecting our native biodiversity which has been fragmented and altered by dams.

Saving the skinny water is vital to the health and future of the Coosa River, and that’s why we’re out there working to protect it. From removing abandoned dams, to monitoring water quality, and taking action against illegal pollution, there’s no shortage of work that must be done to save the skinny water! So help us keep up the good work with your purchase of one of these great tees!

$25 each, shipping included.


Cheers to the Coosa teams up with Back Forty Beer Co!

Join us for the first Cheers to the Coosa dinner of 2015 with Chef Rob McDaniel at Back Forty Beer Co. on March 5th in Gadsden!

This family-style meal will be served on Earthborn pottery to our guests seated at a single long table running the length of the brewery. Chef McDaniel is the general manager and executive chef of SpringHouse and was named a 2013 James Beard Best Chef of the South semifinalist.

This is a meal not to be missed! The food will be served with your choice of any of Back Forty’s flagship beers: Naked Pig Pale Ale, Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale, Freckle Belly IPA and Kudzu Porter.

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Thank you to our sponsors:

Event Rentals Unlimited

Mt Laurel Farm

Owls Hollow Farm

E.A.T. South

and our friends at Back Forty Beer Co.

& SpringHouse Restaurant!


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?


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…


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!


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.