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CRBI: Protecting North America's Most Biologically Diverse River Basin

Paddling Through Cherokee County History Event Set For Aug. 3

Sunday, Aug. 3, join CRBI, Upper Etowah River Alliance and the Cherokee County Historical Society for this special event to explore the history of the Etowah River near Canton and promote the Etowah River Water Trail. This event includes a short paddle on the river followed by a dinner with beer and wine at the Cherokee County Historical Society's "Rock Barn." A program about the history of Cherokee County's gold mines will also be included along with a kayak raffle. Reserve your tickets and your complimentary canoe or kayak online NOW. 


Swimmable Water Event July 27 on the Oostanaula; Take the Swimmable Challenge

July 26-27 is the international Waterkeeper Alliance's Swimmable Water Weekend, and CRBI is celebrating by hosting a 1-mile swim/float from Rome's Ridge Ferry Park to Heritage Park on Sunday, July 27, at 2 p.m. Just show up at Ridge Ferry Park with a floatation device (innertube, life jacket, float, etc.) and beat the heat with a cooling float on the Oostanaula River. CRBI will provide shuttle service. In the meantime, take the CRBI challenge to create a video of your favorite swimming hole and post it on social media using the hashtag #swimmablewater and the tags Coosa River Basin Initiative and Waterkeeper Alliance. 

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



Why Do We Need An Etowah River Water Trail? 

CRBI is working with a consortium of non-profit organizations, local governments, private businesses and individuals to create a 160-mile-long water trail with public boat launches located at strategic locations along the Etowah's length. The good news is two new public access points will be built before year's end (in Cartersville and Kingston). But, more still needs to be done! Take a look at the video below to understand how developed boat launches can help! 


CRBI announces new Executive Director

David Tucker

CRBI has named David Tucker as its new Executive Director! A Floyd County schools teacher and administrator since 1985, he is retiring as the prinicipal at Model Middle School this year and will join CRBI full time in July. David brings to the organization a proven track record of fundraising and executive management. Click here read CRBI's full press release announcing this exciting news! Though David is a career educator, his background is in biology and he is excited to return to his "roots" to help protect North America's most biologically unique river system. Click here to read more about David. 



2013 Annual Report 

Read CRBI's 2013 Annual Report highlighting the organizations actions in one of CRBI's most successful years ever! Highlights include thwarting funding for an unnecessary reservoir, educating more than 2,000 school children, removing 12,500 pounds of trash from our rivers and training 50 new volunteer citizen water monitors. READ THE REPORT NOW! 

Winter 2014 Newsletter Now Online! 

Alabama Shiner

CRBI's Winter 2104 edition of the Mainstream newsletter is now online, featuring stories about the 2014 Georgia General Assembly Session, Georgia Water Coalition's Dorty Dozen, proposed hog farm rules in Georgia and the Etowah River Water Trail. Click here to read the newsletter. 



Georgia Water Coalition Announces 2013 Dirty Dozen: Two Sites in the Coosa

Sheep Wallow
The Georgia Water Coalition has issued its 3rd annual Dirty Dozen list, the 12 worst offenses to Georgia's water. Included on the list are the proprosed Richland Creek Reservoir in Paulding County, the recipient of more than $50 million in funding from Gov. Nathan Deal's water supply prorgam, and an unmaintained road in Lumpkin County that is being abused by off-road vehicle enthusiasts, sending a flood of dirt into Hurricane Creek, a trout stream and tributary of the Etowah River. 



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.



Etowah River User's Guide Now Available! 

Fish Weir at Indian Mounds

The Etowah River User's Guide, a 160-page comprehensive recreational guide to the Etowah River Water Trail is now available for purchase! The book features more than 150 color photos and 16 color maps of the river. Printed on waterproof paper, it's the ideal guide for a day trip or a journey down the entire 160-mile length of the river. Published by the University of Georgia Press and produced by CRBI, it is a must have for all lovers of the Etowah River. In addition to basic information about river access points, the guide includes information about historic sites, natural history, navigational obstacles and more. To purchase your copy, call CRBI at 706-232-2724 or order one online. Information included in the book is also available at the Etowah River Water Trail website:



CRBI halts development in Rome wetlands

Burwell Creek Wetlands During Flood

Four years of work by CRBI to stop a 60-acre retail development on floodplain and wetlands in Rome along the Oostanaula River have resulted in the temporary halt to the development. On May 2, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended the permit for the Citi Center project; two weeks later, the developer, Ledbetter Properties, withdrew its permit application for the project. The developer is expected to re-apply for a new permit. This time, the permit process should include a public review and comment period (an important procedure that the developer by-passed to secure its initial permits for the project). Read a Rome News-Tribune article about the permit suspension. Read more about this issue on the CRBI website.



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