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The Replacement Rule threatens Clean Water

For 50 years, the Clean Water Act has protected families and communities by preventing unchecked and unlimited pollution from contaminating ...
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Georgia Power announces plan to close Plant Hammond

Georgia Power announced on Thursday, January 31, 2019, their plans for the decertification of Plant Hammond, a coal-fired power plant ...
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PUBLIC SCREENING OF TO KINGDOM COME

CRBI, Georgia Highlands College, and the Berry College Environmental Studies program have teamed up to co-sponsor a special screening of ...
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CRBI Welcomes New Outreach Coordinator

Recent Berry College graduate Ashley Ray joined the Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) staff as Outreach Coordinator earlier this month ...
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Coal Ash Pond Problems at Hammond and Bowen

Coal Ash is the byproduct of burning coal to generate electricity.  It also contains several toxic, harmful substances that are ...
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CRBI Receives Grant from Community Foundation for Water Testing

We are proud to be among the 2018 Grantees of the Community Foundation of Greater Rome. Their support will allow ...
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CRBI Wins Victory For Coosa River Fish, Plant Hammond Water Intake Must Be Improved

CRBI Wins Victory For Coosa River Fish; Plant Hammond Water Intake Must Be Improved The Coosa River Basin Initiative, represented ...
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Will Trump Environmental Rollbacks Impact the Coosa?

Since taking office, President Donald Trump has taken aim at a host of environmental laws aimed at protecting our rivers ...
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Gold Creek Foods Gets Slap on Wrist for Flat Creek Fish Kill

Georgia's Environmental Protection Division (EPD) in June fined Gold Creek Foods in Dawsonville $9,000 for a March spill of ferric ...
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Will Metro Atlanta Get More Water From Lake Allatoona?

A federal court ruling in October 2017 now has the ball rolling again in the battle between Alabama and Georgia ...
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Ban the Bag in Georgia

Senate Bill 280 would prohibit the distribution of single-use plastic bags by retail stores, with some exemptions (bags used for bulk foods, produce, newspaper, garments, dog waste, meat, etc.). The proposed bill could mean Georgia would be joining the ranks of eight other states across the country that have already banned the bags. It is not uncommon to see plastic bags on the side of the road or in our rivers. Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, Riverkeeper and Executive Director of CRBI, believes…

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2020 Legislative Tracker

Georgia’s 2020 legislative session is in full swing and we want to keep you in the know on CRBI’s legislative priorities. You can keep up with the following bills as well as new legislation being introduced by following along with the bill tracker. HB 545: Attack On Rural Property Rights Position: Strongly OPPOSE If the lot next to your property was bought up with plans to be turned into a large scale, industrial chicken farm, would you want some say…

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To Kingdom Come Cover

Soundtrack for “To Kingdom Come” lands for purchase and download

To Kingdom Come (soundtrack) by Various Artists At our most recent screening of To Kingdom Come, a documentary about the challenging relationship between General Electric, Rome, & PCBs, we announced the release of this wonderful soundtrack featuring old and new bluegrass, folk, and blues tunes from local talent. All proceeds generated from the sale of this soundtrack come back to CRBI to continue promoting fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for all in the upper Coosa River basin. CLICK HERE to purchase…

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Join Our Family of River Stewards

September 1st marks the beginning of CRBI’s month long membership campaign. The goal for this campaign is to each 500 new or renewed membership by the end of September. When you make a donation to CRBI or you purchase a membership, you can take comfort in knowing that every bit of that money goes directly to support clean water in the Upper Coosa River basin. Did you know…– CRBI tests for bacteria at popular boat ramps in Rome and Cartersville…

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Blue-green algae and what you should know

In the wake of the recent news stories highlighting the dangers of the blue-green algae to both people and pets alike, it’s best to arm yourself with the facts. Blue-green algae is actually a naturally occurring group of bacteria, called cyanobacteria. However, the bacteria is more commonly referred to as blue-green algae due to its algae-like appearance. Blue-green algae is generally present in stagnant bodies of fresh water, such as ponds and lakes. Algal blooms occur more frequently during extended…

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Plant Hammond on the Coosa River

New Evidence Confirms Georgia Power Coal Ash Pits Slated for Cap in Place Submerged in Groundwater

These ponds collectively contain tens of millions of tons of coal ash – a byproduct of burning coal to generate electricity. Coal ash is loaded with a large number of toxins, carcinogens, and heavy metals that can migrate out of these ponds when exposed to water. “Georgia Power has already shown that excavation and removal is appropriate and feasible, including a recent decision to excavate additional sites that are substantially larger than any of these ponds in question,” said Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman,…

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