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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

Critter Profile: Common Box Turtle Fun Facts

The Upper Coosa River Basin is home to many incredible native species of critters. One of those critters is the Common Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene Carolina). If you grew up in the Eastern United States chances are you’ve seen these terrapins moseying across a road or two or hanging around the forest. But maybe you didn’t know some of these fun and interesting facts about them. They can have a longer life span than the average human! Eastern box turtles…

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Plant Hammond on the Coosa River

GA Power Plans to Leave Toxic Coal Ash in Groundwater at Plant Hammond

Georgia Power is seeking approval from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD)for Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) permits to cap nearly 50 million tons of toxic coal ash inplace in unlined pits, starting with Plant Hammond’s 1 million ton Ash Pond 3 in Rome, GA. Plant Hammond’s Ash Pond 3 is partially located in the 100-year floodplain and regularly interacts with groundwater. As a result, this closure plan will allow toxic components of coal ash (such as arsenic, cadmium, selenium, and…

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Restoring the Coosa River Basin

If you are interested in supporting the restoration of the Coosa River Basin, become a member or donate today. The rivers of the Coosa River Basin are a gem of Northwest Georgia. Their beauty is paralleled by their abundance – our river basin is one of the most biodiverse regions in North America. It is the historic home to 43 mussel species, 32 species of snails, and 100 different fish species, including 12 species that are only found in this…

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Georgia Recorder on the Trust Fund Victory

Jill Nolin of the Georgia Recorder wrote this excellent piece on the history of this long-lasting effort to dedicate environmental cleanup funds. The article also includes a lot of great details on how the new law will function with the state’s budget.

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Rome, GA 30161

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(706) 232-2724