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

Pollution and EPD Delays in Cleaning It Up Land Coosa River on Dirty Dozen Report 

Two Coosa River issues were highlighted in the Georgia Water Coalition's annual Dirty Dozen report, a report highlighting the 12 worst offenses to Georgia's water. Released Nov. 14, the report details the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to delay implementing rules eliminating toxic discharges into our rivers from coal-fired power plants. The move means that mercury, arsenic, lead and other toxins will continue to be dumped into the Coosa. At the state level, lack of funding for Georgia's Environmental Protection Division has also led to a prolonged delay in a cleanup plan for the Coosa. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL DIRTY DOZEN REPORT


Water Trails Get $1 Million Boost With Passage of Floyd County SPLOST Package

KAYAKS
Floyd County voters overwhelmingly passed a special purpose local sales tax option on Nov. 7 that includes $1 million for river access improvement. The funds, which will begin being collected in 2019, will enable the construction of new boat launches, a community boathouse and the creation of "boat-in-only" campsites. CRBI is excited about the prospects of furthering the Etowah River Water Trail project and expanding the effort to the Oostanaula River. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT FUNDED PROJECTS. 
 
 
 
 
 

CRBI's 2016 Annual Report 

2016 Annual Report
CRBI's 2016 Annual Report is now available online. The document highlight's the organization's successes and activities during the past year. 
 
 

Click Here to View CRBI's 2016 Annual Report

 
 

Winter 2017 Mainstream Newsletter

2017 Winter Mainstream
CRBI's Winter 2017 Mainstream newsletter is now available online. CLICK HERE TO READ IT! This edition of the Mainstream includes stories about CRBI's efforts to update Georgia's regulations to protect communities from the risks associated with fracking for natural gas, CRBI's new executive director and riverkeeper and the organization's success in protecting 72 acres of wetlands and floodplain in Rome that had been threatened for the past ten years as the proposed site of a regional shopping center. Additionally, in the newsletter you can learn about issues expected to be debated during the 2017 Georgia General Assembly session.  
 
 
 
 

New Riverkeeper Takes the Polar Plunge! 

Jesse Plunge
New CRBI Executive Director and Riverkeeper Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman was successful in taking the plunge Jan. 14 during the annual Polar Bear Paddle. Members and supporters donated just over $1000 to reach our fundraising goal. Thanks to all of you who made the good, cold fun possible! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Coal Plants, Fracking Highlight 2016 Dirty Dozen Report 

Dirty Dozen

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 

During the past several years, CRBI has worked with other stakeholders to create new public access points and signage promoting the Etowah River Water Trail. A decade ago, there were only three public access points on the entire length of the river; today there are 11 and more are on the way. View this video to learn how CRBI is making a difference in building the Etowah River Water Trail. 

 

Fracking in Northwest Georgia  

FRACKING GRAPHIC

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.

  

   
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