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Pig Paddle & Party May 17

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There's no better combination that paddling and pig roasts, especially when the barbecue is accompanied by beer. Join CRBI Sunday, May 17, for its annual 6-mile paddle trip down the Etowah River followed by a barbecue dinner from Johnny Mitchell's Smokehouse and beer from Anheuser-Busch Cartersville (beer brewed with Etowah River water!) Participants also have the chance to win a new kayak! Register and reseve your rental boat now! 
 
 
 
 
 

WATERFEST XV Set For June 5-6

Tug-O-War
CRBI's annual canoe, kayak and paddleboard race and Canoe and Kayak Tug-O-Wars will take place June 5-6 on the Etowah and Oostanaula rivers and at Heritage Park. The event will include the 1.5-mile Blue Sky Outfitter Recycled Raft Race down the Oostanaula River from Ridge Ferry Park and a 6-mile canoe, kayak and paddleboard race down the Etowah River from Grizzard Park & Dixon Landing. Both races will end at Heritage Park on the Coosa River where Canoe and Kayak Tug-O-Wars will be held in the Big Cedar Creek Park Outdoor Center Tug-O-War pool. Learn more and register your team for the races and tugs. 
 
 

Green Gala Celebrates Local River Heroes

Green Gala Invite
CRBI's inaugural Green Gala held April 2 at Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville was a success as it recognized one local government and four businesses doing extraordinary work to protect natural resources in the upper Coosa River basin. Honored at the event were the City of Lyerly, the Rome law firm of McRae, Stegall, Peek, Harman, Smith & Manning, Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery, Mohawk Industries and Green Carbon. CRBI thanks these award winners and its partrons and sponsors who helped generate more than $40,000 for river protection at the event. To learn more and watch videos about our award winners, VISIT OUR GREEN GALA PAGE
 
 
 

2014 Annual Report Highlights Successes  

Earth Day Paddle
The 2014 CRBI Annual Report is now available online, highlighting CRBI's successes in the areas of advocacy, education, water monitoring and restoration as well as organizational development. Among the organizati
on's accomplishments in 2014 were securing protections for wetlands in Rome threatened by deelopment, improving pollution controls at the basin's largest wastewater treatment plant, investing $23,000 to construct new public access points on the Etowah River, educating more than 3,200 school children, removing more than 20,000 pounds of trash from our rivers and training some 100 citizens to enable them to monitor local streams. READ THE FULL REPORT HERE. 

Mainstream Newsletter Now Online

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CRBI's latest newsletter is now online! READ IT NOW! The last 2014 newsletter highlights the Coosa's inclusion on the Georgia Water Coalition Dirty Dozen list, the state of Georgia's lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers demanding more water from Lake Allatoona and the upcoming CRBI Green Gala event at Barnsley Gardens Resort. READ THE FULL 8-PAGE NEWSLETTER HERE. 

 

 

  

Coosa River on Dirty Dozen List 

Dirty Dozen
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. 

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

OOSTANAULA RIVER

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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