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CRBI Summer 2014 Mainstream Newsletter 

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CRBI's Mainstream newsletter is now online! Click here to read about what's happening in the Coosa River basin! The newsletter features stories about Georgia Environmental Protection Division's 8-year delay in developing a cleanup plan for the Coosa River; an overview of the 2014 Georgia General Assembly session; a summary of CRBI's water conservation audit of the City of Rome's water system; the update of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Control Manual for the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa river system, and much more. READ IT NOW! 

 

 

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

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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

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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

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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.

  

   
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