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to protect, preserve, and restore one of North America’s most biologically diverse river systems

Our Program Areas

Advocacy

From local development plans to state water laws, CRBI is an advocate for fishable, swimmable, & drinkable water in the upper Coosa River basin & across the state.

Education

In the classroom and on the water, we connect people with their local rivers, mountains, and forests while educating about wildlife, history, & current issues.

Water Monitoring

We train citizen scientists to become the eyes and ears of their own local waterways.  Monitoring data and citizen concerns help direct our focus to streams that need help.

Restoration

Each year, CRBI removes tens of thousands of pounds of trash through clean-ups while working to restore vegetated stream banks that fight erosion and sediment pollution.

promoting fishable, swimmable, drinkable water
To Kingdom Come Cover

Soundtrack for “To Kingdom Come” lands for purchase and download

To Kingdom Come (soundtrack) by Various Artists At our most recent screening of To Kingdom Come, a documentary about the challenging relationship between General Electric, Rome, & PCBs, we announced the release of this wonderful soundtrack featuring old and new bluegrass, folk, and blues tunes from local talent. All proceeds generated from the sale of this soundtrack come back to CRBI to continue promoting fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for all in the upper Coosa River basin. CLICK HERE to purchase…

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Join Our Family of River Stewards

September 1st marks the beginning of CRBI’s month long membership campaign. The goal for this campaign is to each 500 new or renewed membership by the end of September. When you make a donation to CRBI or you purchase a membership, you can take comfort in knowing that every bit of that money goes directly to support clean water in the Upper Coosa River basin. Did you know…– CRBI tests for bacteria at popular boat ramps in Rome and Cartersville…

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Blue-green algae and what you should know

In the wake of the recent news stories highlighting the dangers of the blue-green algae to both people and pets alike, it’s best to arm yourself with the facts. Blue-green algae is actually a naturally occurring group of bacteria, called cyanobacteria. However, the bacteria is more commonly referred to as blue-green algae due to its algae-like appearance. Blue-green algae is generally present in stagnant bodies of fresh water, such as ponds and lakes. Algal blooms occur more frequently during extended…

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Plant Hammond on the Coosa River

New Evidence Confirms Georgia Power Coal Ash Pits Slated for Cap in Place Submerged in Groundwater

These ponds collectively contain tens of millions of tons of coal ash – a byproduct of burning coal to generate electricity. Coal ash is loaded with a large number of toxins, carcinogens, and heavy metals that can migrate out of these ponds when exposed to water. “Georgia Power has already shown that excavation and removal is appropriate and feasible, including a recent decision to excavate additional sites that are substantially larger than any of these ponds in question,” said Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman,…

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Weekly Bacterial Monitoring Results

Green: 0-126 cfu/100mL considered safe for recreational use by the state of Georgia Yellow: +126-235 cfu/100mL moderate risk of illness Red: +235 cfu/100mL high risk of illness CRBI conducted bacterial water monitoring at four sites that included Euharlee Road boat ramp, Neel’s Landing off of US 411, Grizzard Park (soccer fields), and Heritage Park on August 29, 2019.  The results of those monitoring efforts showed that 96 cfu/100mL of E.coli were present at Euharlee Road, 80.9 cfu/100mL were present at…

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2019 Riverkeeper Award Winners

On March 28th, CRBI hosted their Riverkeeper Awards and Annual Meeting at the Courtyard Rome Riverwalk to celebrate the accomplishments of 2018 – their 25th Anniversary year.  The Riverkeeper Awards also gave CRBI the opportunity to recognize exceptional community partners for their work in support of the organization’s mission to preserve, protect, and restore our rivers.      This year, CRBI recognized four award winners.  Erica Simpson, our Catfishin’ Queen, won the Ray Kelley Volunteer of the Year Award for all…

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Address
5 Broad St
Rome, GA 30161

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Phone
(706) 232-2724