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Jan. 14 Polar Bear Paddle To Feature New CRBI Executive Director Taking the Plunge

New CRBI Executive Director Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman will take the plunge into the icy water of the Etowah River during the Polar Bear Paddle Jan. 14 IF CRBI supporters and members donate at least $1000 to CRBI before Jan. 14! 
The Polar Bear Paddle is a free event sponsored by CRBI, Keep Rome Beautiful and the Rome ECO River Education Center. Complimentary canoe and kayaks are available for this six-mile paddle down the Etowah from Dixon Landing to Heritage Park. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE PADDLE AND RESERVE YOUR COMPLIMENTARY BOAT. 
DemonbreUn-Chapman comes to CRBI after serving more than two years as watershed outreach coordinator with Ogeechee Riverkeeper based in Savannah. He formerly worked for four years as director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia. 



CRBI Membership Meeting Set for Jan. 31, Documentary on Clean Energy to Be Featured

CRBI's annual membership meeting will be held Jan. 31 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Rome-Floyd ECO River Education Center in Rome. At the meeting, CRBI will screen a documentary film titled "The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy" followed by a brief discussion of CRBI's advocacy efforts focused on cleaning up the region's coal fired power plants and preventing fracking from polluting local drinking water. Light dinner and refreshments will be served. At the meeting, CRBI will also elect new board officers, present the 2016 Annual Report, provide a preview of 2017 activities and recognize key volunteers and supporters. The meeting will also be a chance to meet CRBI's new Executive Director and Riverkeeper, Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS. 

Coal Plants, Fracking Highlight 2016 Dirty Dozen Report 

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Continuing pollution problems associated with Georgia Power Co.'s Plant Hammond on the Coosa and Plant Bowen on the Etowah as well as the threat of energy companies fracking for natural gas landed the upper Coosa River basin on the Georgia Water Coalition's Dirty Dozen list for 2016. 

The last time Georgia's Environmental Protection Division reviewed and updated the water pollution control permits for Hammond and Bowen, George W. Bush was still our president. The permits are supposed to be updated every five years. As a result, toxic pollutants continue to be discharged to the Etowah and Coosa Rivers. CLICK HERE TO READ THE REPORT 

CRBI is urging EPD to update these permits. You can help by sending an e-mail to the EPD Director asking him to take action to stop pollution of the Etowah and Coosa. CLICK HERE TO SEND AN E-MAIL IN A FEW EASY STEPS. 

Fracking for natural gas in the Conasauga Shale formation of the upper Coosa River basin is a possibility, but unfortunately, the state law regulating drilling activity is 40 years old and fails to adequately protect local communities from the risk associated with modern-day drilling practices. CRBI is working to introduce legislation during the 2017 General Assembly session to get this law updated. CLICK HERE TO READ THE REPORT. 


Etowah River Water Trail Progress Continues 

During the past several years, CRBI has worked with other stakeholders to create new public access points and signage promoting the Etowah River Water Trail. A decade ago, there were only three public access points on the entire length of the river; today there are 11 and more are on the way. View this video to learn how CRBI is making a difference in building the Etowah River Water Trail. 


Fracking in Northwest Georgia  


On Feb. 18, nearly 100 citizens attended an information meeting about fracking and mineral rights leases sponsored by CRBI and the Southern Environmental Law Center. At the meeting, citizens learned that the upper Coosa River basin is "ground zero" for oil and natural gas exploration in Georgia. CRBI is currently working with citizens and community leaders to educate them about the dangers of oil and natural gas exploration and extraction in our area. TO LEARN MORE, VISIT CRBI's "Fracking in Northwest Georgia" webpage. 

400-plus Paddlers Explore Upper Coosa During Paddle Georgia 2016 

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CRBI played host to more than 400 paddlers June 18-24 as part of Georgia River Network's Paddle Georgia 2016 on the Conasauga and Oostanaula Rivers. The event covered 103 miles of river over the course of seven days, beginning in Beaverdale in Whitfield County and ending in downtown Rome. The paddlers experienced a revived river, one that is on the road to restoration after suffering from decades of industrial and municipal pollution. READ THE CRBI MUSSELHEAD BLOG ABOUT THE TRIP.  




Spring Mainstream Newsletter Now Online 

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CRBI's Spring 2016 Mainstream newsletter is now available online. CLICK HERE TO READ IT NOW.  This edition of the Mainstream includes stories about CRBI's review of state and local laws regulating oil and natural gas exploration and fracking, the threat of a natural gas pipeline crossing of the Etowah River, a review of the 2016 Georgia General Assembly session, CRBI's efforts to cleanup an illegal tire dump in Paulding County and previews of CRBI's upcoming events.

Rome's Big Float Puts 200-Plus on Etowah  

A BIG thank you to the more than 200 people that participated in the inaugural ROME'S BIG FLOAT! We had a great time on this 6-mile river celebration for canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, tubes, rafts, homemade rafts and anything else that floats your long as it floats--and for the most part, they did float. A Big Float shout out to Calandra Goss who won a new kayak from Cedar Creek Park in the Float-a-thon fundraising competition (as well as an award for best decorated vessel). Other winners included Julia Pope, Shae Warner and Angel Power (best raft); Wright Athletic Training (largest flotilla), Jim Dent (2nd place, best decorated vessel) and Rome High BEAR Club (best homemade raft). To view photos and video visit CRBI's facebook page. 


2015 Annual Report  

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From helping to change the way Romans think about wetlands to improving protections for local rivers and streams to establishing new public access points on the Etowah River Water Trail, CRBI's 2015 was a busy year filled with many clean water victories. You can read about CRBI's accomplishments in our 2015 Annual Report. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL REPORT

CRBI offers recommendations for making Rome a water-saving community


A CRBI report examining the City of Rome's water use and water conservation and efficiency program shows how the city could reduce water demand by 28 percent by implementing several common sense water efficiency practices. From fixing leaks to pricing water right, much can be done to improve the efficiency of the city's water distribution system AND help protect the Coosa River and downstream communities. While many of these water efficiency practices are mandatory in the metro Atlanta area, other communities around Georgia may soon be required to implement similar practices. READ THE FULL REPORT ONLINE



2o Years of Protecting the Coosa Video

In January 1993, a cadre of concerned citizens started a revolution for clean water in Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama. This video tells their story. Today, CRBI is considered on of Georgia's oldest watershed protection organizations.


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