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.
Protecting North America's Most Biologically Unique River Basin Since 1992
Greenie Award Nominations Now Being Accepted Through Dec. 4
CRBI's 2nd annual Green Gala and Greenie Awards are set for April 2016 and we are currently accepting nominations for our awards recognizing extraordinary efforts in the fields of sustainability, innovation, water conservation, land protection and outdoor recreation. The gala and awards will recognize five individuals, local governments, non-profits or businesses in the upper Coosa River basin doing extraordinary work to protect natural resources. Last years honorees included the City of Lyerly, the Rome law firm of McRae, Stegall, Peek, Harman, Smith & Manning, Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery, Mohawk Industries and Green Carbon. Click here to learn more and submit a nomination for this year's Greenie Awards.
Summer 2015 Newsletter Now Online!
CRBI's Summer 2015 edition of its Mainstream newsletter is now online. This edition includes stories about the recent Georgia Supreme Court ruling impacting protections for the state's water; a report on the opening of a new boat launch on the Etowah River Water Trail, an update on the ongoing water wars between Georgia and Alabama and previews of upcoming events including River Revelry, Paddling Through History and the Etowah River Water Trail . Click here to catch up on what's happening in the Coosa River basin!
2014 Annual Report Highlights Successes
The 2014 CRBI Annual Report is now available online, highlighting CRBI's successes in the areas of advocacy, education, water monitoring and restoration as well as organizational development. Among the organizati
on's accomplishments in 2014 were securing protections for wetlands in Rome threatened by deelopment, improving pollution controls at the basin's largest wastewater treatment plant, investing $23,000 to construct new public access points on the Etowah River, educating more than 3,200 school children, removing more than 20,000 pounds of trash from our rivers and training some 100 citizens to enable them to monitor local streams. READ THE FULL REPORT HERE.
Coosa River on Dirty Dozen List
Continuing pollution problems on the Coosa River in Floyd County associated with Georgia Power Co.'s Plant Hammond and other wastewater discharges into the river landed the Coosa on the Georgia Water Coalition's Dirty Dozen list for 2014. Though Georgia's Environmental Protection Division decided new cooling towers were needed at Plant Hammond in 2003, the state agency has still not finalized a cleanup plan for the Coosa and Plant Hammond is still operating using 20th century technology that sucks massive amounts of water from the river and returns it at an elevated temperature, harming habitat for fish and other wildlife. Learn more about this issue and view the full Dirty Dozen report. The annual report highlights the most egregious affronts to Georgia's water.
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!
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.