A CLEANER CHOCCOLOCCO CREEK - COOSA RIVER Featured

07 Aug 2018 Staff jrw

Coosa Riverkeeper is a place where science and passion for the Coosa intersect. We’re paving the way towards a better future for the Coosa and her lakes by getting out there to conduct the research that is needed to ensure our families can swim and fish without fear.

Our strong belief in the public’s right to know everything that’s happening on their river is backed up by the fact that all of our programs are free to the public to use. Hundreds of thousands of people rely on our Swim Guide every summer to make their weekend plans. Fortunately, you and our other members have consistently stepped up to support our vision of a clean, healthy Coosa River. Thank you for investing in our work to protect the Coosa, her lakes, and skinny waters!

It’s our vision to make every acre of lake and every mile of creek safe for swimming and fishing.

We’re equipping Coosa Riverkeeper to find the right solutions to the biggest problems facing our river and we can only do so with the support of members like you that believe in a science-based approach to conservation.   Your donations, volunteer hours, and social media shares help us continue to address the ever-changing needs of the river and the families who use it.

Don’t forget that supporting Coosa Riverkeeper is more than a donation, it’s about seeing positive results for the river we love!

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HOW OUR DATA MAKES AN IMPACT!

SWIM GUIDE:

    • Poor results at Choccolocco Creek testing site led to the Choccolocco Creek Monitoring Project which resulted in:
      • Legal action taken against municipal sewer system
      • Successful petition for state to classify a section of the creek as impaired for E.coli
      • Outstanding petition for Eastaboga and Snow Creeks to be classified as impaired
    • Our data collection at other locations led to a government recognized E.coliimpairment listings for Big Wills Creek, Tallaseehatchee Creek, and Shirtee Creek
    • Research on Alabama Swimming Regulations led to:
      • Successfully petitioning state to lengthen recreation season, which tightens bacteria limits on sewer plants across Alabama 
      • Securing stronger protections for three popular recreation areas: Big Wills Creek, the Coosa River below Jordan Dam, and Terrapin Creek
      • A current challenge to the State to strengthen protections for Choccolocco Creek
      • A petition to the State to enhance public notification of sewage spills which has resulted in an e-mail opt-in alert system and regulatory improvements.

FISH GUIDE:

    • Conducted a survey of 125 subsistence fishermen on the Coosa, showing that 91% of  fishermen would heed advisories, but only 6% know what they are. 
    • In response, we developed a toll-free hotline, an online interactive map, and informational signs to post at boat ramps.
 
Can you spare 5 minutes of your day to give us some feedback? 
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Coosa Riverkeeper is the VOICE
of the Coosa River in Alabama.

We PATROL the waters, EDUCATE the public,
and ADVOCATE for the river.

Join us in our fight to protect the Coosa River!
 
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