What We Do

We Patrol the River.

  • As part of our Riverkeeper Program, our staff Riverkeeper patrols 5 lakes and dozens of creeks in order to document both pollution and beauty and stay in tune with what’s happening on the river.
  • We conduct extensive water quality monitoring for our Swim Guide program and our Choccolocco Creek Monitoring Project to keep tabs on the health of these waterways.
  • When we discover an issue, we seek to resolve it. That can be anything from working with state and federal agencies to remove a dam that is eroding a citizen’s stream-bank and blocking fish migration to filing legal action against a permitted polluter who refuses to comply with their pollution permit. To date, we have filed legal action on over 3,700 violations of the Clean Water Act at sewer plants across the Coosa Valley.

We Educate the Public.

  • Our Fish Guide program works to educate fishermen about fish consumption advisories and fishing best practices.
  • We speak to schools, civic groups, and professional conventions about the Coosa River, its economic and environmental value, the threats it faces, and how we can conserve it. Schedule a Presentation….
  • We educate our members and the general public about the river year-round through newsletters, e-mails, radio shows, newspaper articles and events.

We Advocate on Behalf of the River.

  • A river has a head and a mouth, but it has not a voice with which to speak in our classrooms, courtrooms and town halls. Coosa Riverkeeper advocates on behalf of the river to ensure it is spoken for when decisions that might impact it are made.
  • In a number of governmental decisions made every year that can impact the river, officials are required to solicit and respond to public comments. In these situations, our comments advocate for the best interests of the river and the people who use it.

How You Can Help

You can help by becoming a member. As a citizen-based organization, we need your support!

Who We Work With

Although we are the only watchdog-advocate on the Coosa River, we aren’t alone. We work closely with many other groups towards common goals of a healthy river.

We are members of Waterkeeper Alliance, an international alliance of over 250 conservation groups on 6 continents working to protect their local waterways .

In the Coosa Valley we work with the Friends of Big Canoe Creek and Alabama Rivers Alliance. On the lakes of the Coosa River we work with homeowner organizations on every lake: Neely Henry Lake Association, Logan Martin Lake Protection Association, Lay Lake HOBO, Lake Mitchell HOBO, and Lake Jordan HOBO.

In Alabama we are joined by our fellow Waterkeepers: Black Warrior RiverkeeperCahaba RiverkeeperChoctawhatchee RiverkeeperHurricane CreekkeeperMobile Baykeeper, Little River Waterkeeper, and Tennessee Riverkeeper.

Other citizen-based organizations with which we work with on various issues include the Alabama Clean Water Partnership, Freshwater Land Trust, Southern Environmental Law Center, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

The regulatory/governmental agencies we work with (and sometimes against!) include the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Alabama Department of Public Health, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Geological Survey of Alabama, the Alabama Surface Mining Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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