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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, SELC, plan to sue the city of Calhoun in federal court to stop PFAS pollution in northwest Georgia

Press release from the Southern Environmental Law CenterFor immediate release: February 27th, 2024Contact:Jesse Demonbruen-Chapman, Coosa River Basin Initiative, 706-232-2724,jesse@coosa.orgTerah Boyd, Southern Environmental Law Center, 678-234-7990, tboyd@selcga.org 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 EnvironmentalLaw Center sent the city of Calhoun a notice they intend to sue in Federal District forviolating…

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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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Biodiversity in the Upper Coosa River Basin

The Upper Coosa River Basin, covering 5,500 square miles that extends across parts of Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, is characterized by its intricate network of rivers, tributaries, and wetlands. The basin is home to the Coosa River, a major waterway that meanders through the Appalachian foothills, creating a mosaic of habitats that support a wide variety of flora and fauna and recreation opportunities. Despite all of its beauty, the Coosa River is considered one of the most endangered rivers in…

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Coosa River Basin Initiative Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness on the Impact of Microplastics on Freshwater and Public Health

Rome, Ga.- In commemoration of their 30th anniversary as the Riverkeeper of the upper Coosa River basin, Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) proudly announces the launch of a campaign aimed at educating the community about the detrimental effects of microplastics on freshwater ecosystems and public health. As a part of the microplastics campaign CRBI will co-host a ‘River Junk Sculpture’ class with Kingfisher Art Co. on November 2nd. The workshop will allow participants to make sculptures using plastic collected from…

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