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Protecting North America's Most Biologically Unique River Basin Since 1992

Catfish Kissin' Contest Underway! Smooching Set for Nov. 12 at Fish Fry 

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Thirteen local celebrities are now vying for the privilege of kissing a slimy, Coosa River catfish to show their love for rivers...and to raise money to help protect those rivers. The top three fundraisers in the contest, as well as the contestant that raises the least money, all will kiss the catfish Nov. 12 during the annual CRBI Fish Fry in Rome. CLICK HERE TO SEE OUT CONTESTANTS AND MAKE AN ONLINE DONATION TO YOUR FAVORITE CATFISH KISSER. Donations of $20 or more receive 5 complimentary raffle tickets to win a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 kayak from Cedar Creek Park RV & Outdoor Center. Donations of $35 or more receive a year's membership to CRBI. 


CRBI Seeks Executive Director/Riverkeeper 


Do you love our rivers and have experience managing a non-profit organization? If so, you may be the right person to serve as the Coosa River Basin Initiative's next Executive Director. CRBI's Executive Director manages a four-person staff, coordinates the organization's advocacy, education, water monitoring and restoration programs and raises money to continue these important programs. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE. 


400-plus Paddlers Explore Upper Coosa During Paddle Georgia 2016 

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CRBI played host to more than 400 paddlers June 18-24 as part of Georgia River Network's Paddle Georgia 2016 on the Conasauga and Oostanaula Rivers. The event covered 103 miles of river over the course of seven days, beginning in Beaverdale in Whitfield County and ending in downtown Rome. The paddlers experienced a revived river, one that is on the road to restoration after suffering from decades of industrial and municipal pollution. READ THE CRBI MUSSELHEAD BLOG ABOUT THE TRIP.  




Spring Mainstream Newsletter Now Online 

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CRBI's Spring 2016 Mainstream newsletter is now available online. CLICK HERE TO READ IT NOW.  This edition of the Mainstream includes stories about CRBI's review of state and local laws regulating oil and natural gas exploration and fracking, the threat of a natural gas pipeline crossing of the Etowah River, a review of the 2016 Georgia General Assembly session, CRBI's efforts to cleanup an illegal tire dump in Paulding County and previews of CRBI's upcoming events.

Rome's Big Float Puts 200-Plus on Etowah  

A BIG thank you to the more than 200 people that participated in the inaugural ROME'S BIG FLOAT! We had a great time on this 6-mile river celebration for canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, tubes, rafts, homemade rafts and anything else that floats your long as it floats--and for the most part, they did float. A Big Float shout out to Calandra Goss who won a new kayak from Cedar Creek Park in the Float-a-thon fundraising competition (as well as an award for best decorated vessel). Other winners included Julia Pope, Shae Warner and Angel Power (best raft); Wright Athletic Training (largest flotilla), Jim Dent (2nd place, best decorated vessel) and Rome High BEAR Club (best homemade raft). To view photos and video visit CRBI's facebook page. 


Fracking in Northwest Georgia  


On Feb. 18, nearly 100 citizens attended an information meeting about fracking and mineral rights leases sponsored by CRBI and the Southern Environmental Law Center. At the meeting, citizens learned that the upper Coosa River basin is "ground zero" for oil and natural gas exploration in Georgia. CRBI is currently working with citizens and community leaders to educate them about the dangers of oil and natural gas exploration and extraction in our area. TO LEARN MORE, VISIT CRBI's "Fracking in Northwest Georgia" webpage. 

2015 Annual Report  

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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

Coosa River on 2015 Dirty Dozen List

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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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