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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

The Importance of Macroinvertebrates

What Are Macroinvertebrates? Macroinvertebrates serve as the ecological cleaning services in aquatic ecosystems. While the name may sound unfamiliar at first glance, Northwest Georgia is home to many macroinvertebrates you likely know, such as Crayfish, Mayflies, Dragonflies, Clams, Mussels, and more! While here these small and sometimes bothersome creatures may seem like little more than pests, they’re actually crucial to our rivers’ ecosystems. These organisms affect even our local water sources such as the Coosa River Basin and serve an…

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Coosa River Basin Initiative Invites Educators and Students to the Student Symposium for Watershed Innovation & Management (SSWIM)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rome, Georgia, July, 10, 2024 — Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) is excited to announce that its first annual Student Symposium for Watershed Innovation & Management (SSWIM) is scheduled for April of 2025. This upcoming event will offer middle and high school students an opportunity to immerse themselves in hands-on environmental projects, explore innovative solutions to watershed challenges, and learn about careers in natural resources. Hosted by the Coosa River Basin Initiative with support from Berry College,…

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Downstream Podcast Now Streaming

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Coosa River Basin Initiative Launches Downstream Podcast: Indigenous Perspectives on Conservation Rome, Georgia – June 4, 2024 – Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) has just released the final episode of an 8 episode podcast called ‘Downstream: Indigenous Perspectives on Conservation”.  The podcast is a platform where members of CRBI engage in insightful conversations with leaders from the Muskogee, Cherokee, and Choctaw tribes, exploring indigenous perspectives on conservation and what meaningful land acknowledgment looks like in the 21st…

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Groups sue to stop PFAS pollution in northwest Georgia

Groups plan lawsuit to stop PFAS pollution in northwest Georgia Coosa River Basin Initiative, SELC, plan to sue the city of Calhoun in federal court ROME, Ga. — On behalf of Coosa River Basin Initiative, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed a lawsuit against the city of Calhoun in Federal District Court for violating federal law and allowing harmful pollutants in drinking water. Calhoun’s wastewater treatment plant is polluting the region with PFAS in two ways:discharging PFAS directly to the Coosawattee River…

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Rome News Tribune: Georgia Environmental Protection Division Chastised for Ash Pond Closure Permit

The Rome News Tribune released an article describing a recent letter sent by Jeaeanne Gettle, the acting regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Southeast, to EPD Director Jeffrey W. Cown, concerning their issuance of a permit for Georgia Power to leave toxic coal ash containing contaminants like mercury, cadmium, and arsenic stored in groundwater along the Coosa River where it could contaminate groundwater, drinking water and the air. 2015 EPA standards prohibit utilities from leaving coal…

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Coosa River Basin Initiative Hosts Indigenous Perspectives on Conservation Panel Discussion at Berry College

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Coosa River Basin Initiative Hosts Indigenous Perspectives on Conservation Panel Discussion at Berry College [Rome, Ga, Feb 1, 2024]  — Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) is proud to announce a thought-provoking Q&A style panel discussion on Indigenous Perspectives on Conservation, scheduled to take place on February 15th at 6 pm in McAllister Auditorium at Berry College. The panel will feature esteemed indigenous leaders from various tribes, including the Cherokee, Muscogee, and Choctaw nations. The distinguished guests include…

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Coosa River Basin Initiative and Coosa Riverkeeper Join Forces to Monitor PFAS Contamination in the Coosa River Basin

In response to growing concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and their potential impact on public health, Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) and Coosa Riverkeeper are pleased to announce their collaboration on a crucial project aimed at monitoring PFAS contamination in the Coosa River Basin in Georgia and Alabama. PFAS are a group of human-made chemicals used in various industries for their stain resistant and flame retardant properties. Unfortunately, these persistent chemicals have been linked to potential health risks…

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