The Etowah River User's Guide, a joint book project of Georgia River Network and CRBI, is now available for purchase. This 160-page on-river guide with waterproof pages features more than 150 color photos and a wealth of information about the Etowah. Learn More and Purchase A Copy!
Save Rome's Central Park
Some 60 acres of Oostanaula River floodplain and wetlands that could become Rome's Central Park are slated for conversion into a regional shopping center.Click here to learn more.
CRBI: Protecting North America's Most Biologically Diverse River Basin
Polar Bear Paddle & Plunge Set For Jan. 10
Join CRBI Jan. 10 to ring in the New Year with our Polar Bear Paddle & Plunge. The 6-mile paddle on the Etowah River from Dixon Landing at Grizzard Park to Heritage Park in Downtown Rome will feature a Polar Plunge by CRBI Executive Director David Tucker if...CRBI supporters raise at least $1000 between by Jan. 10. Other Polar Bear paddlers are encouraged to also take the Polar Plunge Challenge. Set a fundraising goal and see if your friends will make you jump in the Etowah! Canoes and kayak rentals are complimentary for this trip and are available while they last. To register and reserve your rental canoe or kayak, visit www.coosa.org/events/paddle-tripsTo make a donation to David Tucker's Polar Plunge Fundraising Campaign visit https://www.firstgiving.com/coosa/polarbearpaddleplunge2015
Annual Membership Meeting on Jan. 27 to Feature "DamNation" Documentary Film
Join fellow CRBI members for our annual Membership Meeting Jan. 27 at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. The meeting will feature a screening of the documentary film, "DamNation," which examines the impacts of our country's thousands of dams that block rivers and streams and documents the growing movement to remove obsolete dams and restore free-flowing rivers. The event will also include our annual report, election of new board officers and recognition of volunteers and supporters. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. with social time. The business meeting begins at 6:30 followed by the screening of DamNation at 7:15. Click here to learn more.
Coosa River on Dirty Dozen List
Continuing pollution problems on the Coosa River in Floyd County associated with Georgia Power Co.'s Plant Hammond and other wastewater discharges into the river landed the Coosa on the Georgia Water Coalition's Dirty Dozen list for 2014. 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.
What's all the fuss about the WOTUS Rule?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new rule clarifying what Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) are protected under the Clean Water Act. This rule follows a series of Supreme Court decisions upholding the Clean Water Act, but creating confusion and uncertainty about what rivers, streams, wetlands and other water bodies are protected under the federal law. A cadre of powerful anti-government lobbyists is now working to derail this important rule and dismantle the 42-year-old Clean Water Act. CRBI supports this rule and encourages its members--and all lovers of clean water--to submit public comments before the Nov. 14 deadline. Learn more and submit your comments through the EPA website.
Oostanaula Float Celebrates Swimmable Water
More than 50 people joined CRBI for the inaugural Swimmable Waters Action Day on the Oostanaula River, swimming, tubing and floating a mile and a half from Ridge Ferry Park through downtown Rome to Heritage Park. The event was part of an international celebration of clean water organized by the Waterkeeper Alliance, of which CRBI is a member as the Upper Coosa Riverkeeper. View the video below to see what you missed July 27 and then go GET ON YOUR RIVER!
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.