coosa-basin_mapCoosa River Basin

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 10 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 the overall number of fishes, mussels, and aquatic snails.


Watershed Management Plan

Basin Documents

Title Type Size
pdf Upper Coosa Watershed Management Plan pdf 3236 KB Download
pdf Map - Lower Coosa River pdf 6904 KB Download
pdf Coosa River Basin Educational Newspaper Insert pdf 3518 KB Download
jpg Map - Coosa River Basin Land Use (Urban) jpg 1237 KB Download
jpg Map - Coosa River Basin Land Use (Forestry) jpg 1251 KB Download