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Georgia textile mill agrees to stop PFAS pollution  

Coosa River Basin Initiative, SELC reach resolution to protect downstream communities ROME, Ga. — In a victory for the health ...

Rome News Tribune Article Covers Beginning Stages of CRBI’s PFAS chemical testing

Rome News Tribune published an article that gives a great overview of CRBI's plans for a multi-year study to determine ...

State Level Regulations Will Impact PFAS Usage

In the summer of 2022 the EPA released new health advisories (HAs) for a chemical group known as PFAS (per- ...

What Keeps Our Rivers Strong? Mussels!

In the streams and rivers of Northwest Georgia resides an unassuming but powerful champion of freshwaters. These heroes come in ...

EPA Releases New Health Advisories for PFAS in Drinking Water.  What Does it Mean for Your Health?

On June 15th, 2022 the EPA released new health advisories (HAs) for a chemical group known as PFAS. The EPA’s ...

CRBI, Harbin, Hardy Promote Safe Summer Recreation With the Launch of ‘Swim Guide’

Beginning Memorial Day weekend and running through Labor Day, CRBI will collect bacterial water samples at 30 popular recreation sites ...

Big News on Coal Ash from EPA

Today, EPA took an enormous step toward addressing the real-world pollution concerns surrounding coal ash pond closure. In offering determinations ...

Creature Feature: Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron can be found almost anywhere where there's water nearby in North and Central America. With a ...

RFP: Dill Creek Bridge Replacement Design

Coosa River Basin Initiative is seeking proposals for design work to replace the bridge over Dill Creek in Murray County ...

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 ...

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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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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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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