New Tools to Protect You From Swimming in “Ewwwww”

Thanks to those who signed our petition asking for improved public notification of sewage spills, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management just released two new tools that are the first step in that direction. The first is a map which visualizes all current spills and the second is an opt-in…

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Threats Posed by Coal Ash in Wilsonville Highlighted in Recent Filings

  The Alabama Power Company released an Emergency Action Plan for the Gaston Steam Plant in Wilsonville including maps detailing areas that would be inundated with coal ash if the Plant’s dams were to fail. Failures have occurred at these types of dams in the recent past, like in the…

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Check Fish Guide for New Advisories

Last month, the Alabama Department of Public Health released the annual fish consumption advisories list. Our Fish Guide program takes that complicated list and distills it into easy to use maps and infographics that will get you up to speed and out fishing faster. We recently completed updating our interactive…

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Special Statement on Swim Guide Results for 6/22

See this week’s Swim Guide>>> Tropical Storm Cindy created poor water quality conditions across Alabama. The public should be extremely cautious around any river or creek and avoid recreation until conditions normalize. Currently, high levels of bacteria, debris and mud are washing down our creeks and rivers and into our lakes,…

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Lawsuit Against Oxford Proceeds

Last Friday, a federal court ruled that Coosa Riverkeeper and the Southern Environmental Law Center can proceed with claims against the Oxford Tull C. Allen Wastewater Treatment Plant on Choccolocco Creek. In response to a motion to dismiss filed by the Oxford Water Works and Sewer Board, the U.S. District Court…

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Waterkeepers Inform ADEM that Sewer Permits Don’t Comply with New Law

Alabama’s eight Waterkeeper Alliance member organizations submitted a letter to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and the Environmental Protection Agency today observing that ADEM recently noticed seven sewer plant permits (click for map) for public comment that do not comply with new regulations. In December 2016, the Alabama Environmental Management Commission,…

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New Tools to Explore Pollution in Your Neighborhood

Today Coosa Riverkeeper published two new interactive maps to its website. These maps allow you to explore permitted polluters that are in your neighborhood. One map lists all of the 850 permitted polluters in the Middle & Lower Coosa Basins where Coosa Riverkeeper works. Another shows just the 67 permitted…

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Statement on Colonial Pipeline Explosion

MEDIA ADVISORY: November 2, 2016 BREAKING NEWS Alabama Riverkeepers Respond to Latest Colonial Pipeline Disaster in Alabama BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA — Alabama Riverkeepers completed a preliminary investigation of waterways surrounding the site of the latest Colonial pipeline accident near Helena, Alabama. Thanks to the rapid response of first responders, the Cahaba…

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Issue 8: Winter 2015 Newsletter

It’s cold outside, but this newsletter is HOT off the press!  In this issue: Toxic Waste in the Coosa River Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament Welcome New Board Members 2014: By the Numbers Thank you for your interest in our work and caring about the Coosa! Your Friends in River Conservation, Justinn & Frank

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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.…

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