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Join CRBI for Trust Fund Honesty Rally and Scrapitol Build March 1 in Atlanta 

Join fellow CRBI members and dozens of other concerned citizens from across the state as we gather at Liberty Plaza March 1 to tell our legislators to restore the trust in our state trust funds. Each year, legislators divert millions of dollars from important environmental programs to fund other portions of the state budget. To bring attention to this issue, CRBI and others are organizing the Georgians For Trust Fund Honesty Rally, a rally and press conference that will feature a giant replica of the state capitol built from scrap tires. Bring a tire, bring a friend and make a sign telling legislators you're "TIREd of the lies." 

CRBI's 2016 Annual Report 

2016 Annual Report
CRBI's 2016 Annual Report is now available online. The document highlight's the organization's successes and activities during the past year. 

Click Here to View CRBI's 2016 Annual Report


Winter 2017 Mainstream Newsletter

2017 Winter Mainstream
CRBI's Winter 2017 Mainstream newsletter is now available online. CLICK HERE TO READ IT! This edition of the Mainstream includes stories about CRBI's efforts to update Georgia's regulations to protect communities from the risks associated with fracking for natural gas, CRBI's new executive director and riverkeeper and the organization's success in protecting 72 acres of wetlands and floodplain in Rome that had been threatened for the past ten years as the proposed site of a regional shopping center. Additionally, in the newsletter you can learn about issues expected to be debated during the 2017 Georgia General Assembly session.  

New Riverkeeper Takes the Polar Plunge! 

Jesse Plunge
New CRBI Executive Director and Riverkeeper Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman was successful in taking the plunge Jan. 14 during the annual Polar Bear Paddle. Members and supporters donated just over $1000 to reach our fundraising goal. Thanks to all of you who made the good, cold fun possible! 

Coal Plants, Fracking Highlight 2016 Dirty Dozen Report 

Dirty Dozen

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 

Paddle Georgia logo

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.  




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. 


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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