Coosa River Basin

Map provided by: Donn Rodekohr, Auburn University, Department of Agronomy and Soils
Mission Statement:To restore and protect water quality and the aquatic ecosystem of the Coosa River Basin to meet the Clean Water Act goals through a basin-wide public/private partnership.
The Watershed at a Glance

  • Originates at the confluence of the Oostanaula and Etowah Rivers in Rome, Georgia, also draining a small portion of southeast Tennessee.
  • Enters Alabama about ten miles northeast of Cedar Bluff, Alabama (Cherokee County), flowing approximately 250 miles before joining the Tallapoosa River north of Montgomery to form the Alabama River.
  • Drains 10,266 square miles, with 5,407 square miles being within the State of Alabama.
  • Drains portions of 13 Alabama counties.
  • One of ten river systems in Alabama that drains to the Mobile River and then into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Major impoundments (all supporting Alabama Power hydroelectric facilities): Weiss, Neely Henry, Logan Martin, Lay, Mitchell, Jordan.
  • Major Land Uses – Forestry, agriculture/pasture, urban.
  • The largest and most biologically diverse subwatershed of the Mobile River Basin in terms of overall number of fishes, mussels and aquatic snails.  
Coosa News
ADPH's Guidance Concerning Staph Issues and Recreational Waters Due to recent concerns of a possible association between Staphylococcus...Read More...
Lower Coosa Litter Clean up
Coosa Stakeholders Tour Yellowleaf Mitigation Bank
ACWP Stream Prioritization Project
Waters to the Sea: Discovering Alabama Interactive DVD Rom
The ACWP has teamed up with Hamline University's Center for Global  Environmental Education (St. Paul, MN), Discovering Alabama (Dr. Doug Phillips a...Read More...
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