Coosa Riverkeeper and Coosa Valley Resource Conservation & Development (RC & D) Council have partnered to create the Coosa River Swim Guide, a project to conduct extensive water quality monitoring sampling on the Coosa River, lakes, and streams to both protect the public and improve water quality. The data collected will help provide answers to questions about safety levels for swimming. Throughout the summer, Coosa Riverkeeper will report E. coli testing results to the public every Friday.
The Coosa River Swim Guide will bring this valuable service to the thousands of Alabamians recreating on the Coosa River each weekend. Coosa Riverkeeper will monitor 14 popular swimming locations on the river for 16 weeks in the summer and provide swim advisories to the public each weekend. Results are then uploaded to the Swim Guide mobile app, Coosa Riverkeeper’s website, and social media. Citizens can use the information provided to ensure it is safe for their families to swim in their area.
“With an increase in pathogen-borne diseases, we are proud to be a part of a project that provides data for folks to make an informed decision, says Eddie May, Executive Director of Coosa Valley RC & D Council. ”
“Swimming is such a popular recreation for young and old alike. This program will offer peace of mind to parents and grandparents at popular swim sites.”
The equipment for this project was funded through an $8,000 grant awarded by Coosa Valley RC & D Council to Coosa Riverkeeper. All RC&D Councils are non-profit 501(C)(3) organizations dedicated to protecting, enhancing and developing natural and human resources. There are 9 RC&D Councils in Alabama. Coosa Valley RC&D proudly serves 11 counties in East Central Alabama (Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Etowah, Randolph, St. Clair, Talladega, and Tallapoosa).
Coosa Riverkeeper is a citizen-based river conservation non-profit whose mission is to protect, restore and promote the Coosa River and its tributaries in Alabama.We patrol the waters, educate the public, and advocate on behalf of the river. To learn more about our work visit our website. Coosa Valley RC&D’s mission is to solve local problems at the local level. They are encouraged by the leadership and participation at the community level, units of government and various partnerships in planning and implementing projects to solve area problems and to conserve and develop resources. We expect this leadership to broaden as the people become more aware of opportunities provided by the RC&D Program.