Protecting North America's Most Biologically Unique River Basin Since 1992
Rome's Big Float Splashes Down June 3 "Pirates and Pisces" Themed Rafts Sought
Join CRBI for this 6-mile celebration on the Etowah River for canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, tubes, rafts, homemade rafts and anything else that floats your boat...so long as it actually floats. Prizes will be awarded for best float designs with "Pirates and Pisces" being the guiding theme. An after party at River Dog Outpost featuring SweetWater beer will follow the float. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER!
CRBI's 2016 Annual Report
Winter 2017 Mainstream Newsletter
New Riverkeeper Takes the Polar Plunge!
Coal Plants, Fracking Highlight 2016 Dirty Dozen Report
Continuing pollution problems associated with Georgia Power Co.'s Plant Hammond on the Coosa and Plant Bowen on the Etowah as well as the threat of energy companies fracking for natural gas landed the upper Coosa River basin on the Georgia Water Coalition's Dirty Dozen list for 2016.
The last time Georgia's Environmental Protection Division reviewed and updated the water pollution control permits for Hammond and Bowen, George W. Bush was still our president. The permits are supposed to be updated every five years. As a result, toxic pollutants continue to be discharged to the Etowah and Coosa Rivers. CLICK HERE TO READ THE REPORT
CRBI is urging EPD to update these permits. You can help by sending an e-mail to the EPD Director asking him to take action to stop pollution of the Etowah and Coosa. CLICK HERE TO SEND AN E-MAIL IN A FEW EASY STEPS.
Fracking for natural gas in the Conasauga Shale formation of the upper Coosa River basin is a possibility, but unfortunately, the state law regulating drilling activity is 40 years old and fails to adequately protect local communities from the risk associated with modern-day drilling practices. CRBI is working to introduce legislation during the 2017 General Assembly session to get this law updated. CLICK HERE TO READ THE REPORT.
Etowah River Water Trail Progress Continues
Fracking in Northwest Georgia
Earlier this year, the Georgia House of Representatives and the Senate voted almost unanimously to adopt new regulations to protect northwest Georgia communities from the risks associated with natural gas exploration and fracking. Unfortunately, an unrelated amendment prevented the bill from making it to the governor's desk. However, HB 205 remains in play for the 2018 General Assembly session, and CRBI will continue to work with legislators to get the state's 40-year-old Oil and Gas and Deep Well Drilling Act updated. TO LEARN MORE, VISIT CRBI's "Fracking in Northwest Georgia" webpage.
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.