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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 June 4 

Get ready, the biggest river event in Rome's history is coming soon. This 6-mile float on the Etowah River from Dixon Landing to Heritage Park is a celebration for canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, tubes, rafts, homemade rafts and anything else that floats your boat (so long as it actually floats). Prizes will be awarded to the best decorated vessel, best homemade raft, best costumes, largest flotilla and more. An after party sponsored by SweetWater Brewing Company will follow at River Dog Outpost overlooking the Etowah in downtown Rome. Form your flotilla now and start building your vessel. Also, raise money for CRBI through the FLOAT-A-THON and win great prizes including a new canoe and kayak. Click here to learn more and register. 


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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