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

Save A River, Win A Canoe in WATERFEST XIV Canoe-a-thon!

Old Town Canoe
WATERFEST XIV. CRBI's paddlesports and environmental education extravaganza, splashes down May 2-3 at Ridge Ferry Park in Rome, BUT the WATERFEST Canoe-a-thon is already underway. Set up your fundraising page at and begin raising money to protect your rivers now. A canoe and a kayak from Johnson Outdoors and Cedar Creek Park & Outdoor Center will be awarded to the top fundraisers. And, sign up now for the 13-mile Oostanaula River Race, Canoe and Kayak Tug-O-Wars, the Cohutta Fishing Company Three Rivers Kayak Fishing Tournament and the GoGo Running/Just Sports & Tennis 5K Race. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER TODAY! 

Pig Paddle & Party Set for May 18

It's time to paddle and pig out at the annual CRBI Pig Paddle & Party. Join an intimate group of paddlers for a 6-mile tour of the Etowah River followed by a barbecue dinner, drinks and fun and games at the home of Todd & Dale Carroll overlooking the beautiful Etowah River. One lucky patron will go home with a new recreational kayak. To learn more and register for this fundraiser to support CRBI's efforts to create the 160-mile Etowah River Water Trail, CLICK HERE! 

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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