Coosa Riverkeeper to sue Oxford Water Works Board over Choccolocco Creek E.coli levels

Choccolocco Creek. (Al Ratcliffe/CBS42)

TALLADEGA COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Concerns of water safety prompted one environmental group to sue an East Alabama water works board.

The Coose Riverkeepers have notified the Oxford Water Works and Sewer Board of their intent to file a lawsuit over pollution in the Choccolocco Creek, a major tributary of the Coosa River, which flows into Logan-Martin Lake. The group claims discharge from the treatment plant is hazardous, and samples taken from the creek over the past six months show unusually high concentrations of E.coli. According to the Riverkeeper, the results contained the highest concentration of the E.Coli bacteria that they’ve seen in their collections over the past two years.

“Choccolocco Creek is a beautiful creek that is popular for swimming, fishing, paddling and tubing,” the Riverkeeper said. “The pollution from the Oxford Plant has caused harm to our members whose safety has been put at risk while recreating on Choccolocco.”

Coosa Riverkeepers has given the board 60 days to respond and stop the reported pollution of the creek from the treatment plant, or they will file a citizen suit.

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