The Etowah River User's Guide, a joint book project of Georgia River Network and CRBI, is now available for purchase. This 160-page on-river guide with waterproof pages features more than 150 color photos and a wealth of information about the Etowah. Learn More and Purchase A Copy!
Save Rome's Central Park
Some 60 acres of Oostanaula River floodplain and wetlands that could become Rome's Central Park are slated for conversion into a regional shopping center.Click here to learn more.
CRBI: Protecting North America's Most Biologically Diverse River Basin
Fish Fry & Catfish Kissin' Set for Nov. 8
The CRBI WLAQ-95.7 The Ridge Fish Fry & Catfish Kissin' Contest is set for Saturday, Nov. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us for fried filets, hushpuppies, cole slaw, cheese grits and some of the best home-baked desserts in the world! While you're there you'll get to see four "lucky" Catfish Kissin' contestants smooch a big Coosa River catfish. View the contestants and make a donation in their name. The top three fundraisers kiss the fish along with the "bottom feeder" (the contestant that raises the least money). Fish Fry tickets are available online, at Cedar Creek Park in Cave Spring, Kroger in Rome and Lavender Mountain Hardware in Armuchee or can be purchased at the door.
CRBI Announces "Greenie" Awards; Nominations Accepted Through Dec. 5
On April 2, 2015 at CRBI's inaugural Green Gala at Barnsley Gardens Resort, CRBI will recognize five individuals, businesses, local governments or non-profit organizations for extraordinary efforts in protecting the land, water and air of the upper Coosa River basin. Efforts in sustainability, innovation, water conservation, land protection and outdoor recreation will be recognized. Nominations for these awards are currently being accepted. Submit a nomination on your behalf or on behalf of a friend, colleague or business associate. The purpose of the Green Gala and Greenies awards is to recognize and promote efforts to protect our natural resources in public and private sectors and generate funds to support CRBI's work to create clean rivers and strong communities throughout the upper Coosa River basin. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND SUBMIT A NOMINATON
What's all the fuss about the WOTUS Rule?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new rule clarifying what Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) are protected under the Clean Water Act. This rule follows a series of Supreme Court decisions upholding the Clean Water Act, but creating confusion and uncertainty about what rivers, streams, wetlands and other water bodies are protected under the federal law. A cadre of powerful anti-government lobbyists is now working to derail this important rule and dismantle the 42-year-old Clean Water Act. CRBI supports this rule and encourages its members--and all lovers of clean water--to submit public comments before the Nov. 14 deadline. Learn more and submit your comments through the EPA website.
Oostanaula Float Celebrates Swimmable Water
More than 50 people joined CRBI for the inaugural Swimmable Waters Action Day on the Oostanaula River, swimming, tubing and floating a mile and a half from Ridge Ferry Park through downtown Rome to Heritage Park. The event was part of an international celebration of clean water organized by the Waterkeeper Alliance, of which CRBI is a member as the Upper Coosa Riverkeeper. View the video below to see what you missed July 27 and then go GET ON YOUR RIVER!
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
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!
Georgia Water Coalition Announces 2013 Dirty Dozen: Two Sites in the Coosa
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.
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.