CRBI Named Watershed Group of Year

Report Published in the Rome News-Tribune


Coosa River Basin Initiative has been named Watershed Group of the Year by the Georgia River Network. The River Celebration Awards Ceremony will be held Feb. 19 at Jekyll Island in conjunction with the 2010 Georgia River Network Annual Conference.

CRBI was chosen because its advocacy, education, restoration and water monitoring programs have helped improve water quality in the Coosa River Basin and have helped citizens better understand water resource issues, according to a press release.

Other accomplishments noted by Georgia River Network were:

- Winning a half-million dollar settlement against a developer for Clean Water Act violations.

- Winning a lawsuit requiring the EPA to set limits on the amount of pollution allowed to enter already-polluted waterways.

- Stopping a plan to “transfer” metro Atlanta sewage to the Coosa River Basin by working successfully with state legislators to force metro Atlanta communities to rethink their growth strategies.

- Stopping a hot water discharge on Smith-Cabin Creek in Floyd County.

- Training hundreds of citizens to monitor rivers and creeks throughout their river basin.

- Teaching hundreds of the children about water pollution control and water protection in classrooms.

- Getting hundreds of local people out on their rivers through their regular guided river trips.

- Celebrating and raising needed funds at their many events including an annual fish fry, adventure race, community WaterFest and River Revelry celebration.

- Educating thousands of citizens in civic meetings, public forums, workshops, print and broadcast media, Web site, blog and in their quarterly newsletter.

- Working alongside fellow river, environmental and conservation groups to advocate for strong statewide protections for our waterways.
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