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Capitol Conservation Day Set for Feb. 17 

State Capitol

Join CRBI, the Georgia Water Coalition and environmental advocates from across the state Wednesday, Feb. 17, as we convene at the Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta to meet with and talk with legislators about bills to protect our rivers and streams and drinking water. The day begins with a complimentary breakfast, followed by an information session where attendees will learn about bills being discussed and how to go about "lobbying" your legislators. We'll then go to the "lobby" and talk with our state representatives and senators. It's a fun day of democracy in action, and you'll also get to see the two-headed calf on display in the Capitol Museum! Click here to register for this free event or contact Joe Cook at CRBI will provide van transportation to Atlanta at 6 a.m. from Rome. The van will return to Rome about 1 p.m. 


Fracking in Floyd County? Special meeting Feb. 18 at Armuchee Middle School 


Oil and gas companies have their sights set on northwest Georgia and the undergound Conasauga shale deposits that they hope they can access. Recently, exploration companies solicited local landowners in the Armuchee area seeking to purchase mineral rights to their property. If exploration and drilling commences, northwest Georgians may be faced with the same problems other rural communities have faced. Companies may use "fracking" to obtain these fossil fuel reserves. Elsewhere, fracking has polluted streams and drinking water wells, caused earthquakes and wreaked havoc on rural communities. On Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., representatives from the Southern Environmental Law Center will provide landowners with information about mineral rights leases and discuss the dangers of oil and gas exploration in northwest Georgia. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER FOR THIS FREE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM. 

2015 Annual Report Now Online!

Annual Report Image 2015
From helping to change the way Romans think about wetlands to improving protections for local rivers and streams to establishing new public access points on the Etowah River Water Trail, CRBI's 2015 was a busy year filled with many clean water victories. You can read about CRBI's accomplishments in our 2015 Annual Report. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL REPORT

Green Gala Set for April 14 at Barnsley Gardens

Green Gala Invite
CRBI's 2nd annual Green Gala and Greenie Awards are set for April, 14 at Barnsley Gardens resort near Adairsville. Look for ticket information and announcements of this year's recipients soon. At the event we will recognize extraordinary efforts in the fields of sustainability, innovation, water conservation, land protection and outdoor recreation. Last year's 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

Coosa River on 2015 Dirty Dozen List

Dirty Dozen

Continuing pollution problems on the Coosa River in Floyd County associated with Georgia Power Co.'s Plant Hammond landed the Coosa on the Georgia Water Coalition's Dirty Dozen list for 2015. 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. List 


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.


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