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Chemical Spill Causes Fish Kill on Dawsonville Creek

March 26, 2018 Report on Flat Creek Chemical Spill: A chemical spill March 20 at Gold Creek Foods in Dawsonville ...
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24-Hour Tire Roll Brings Attention to State Budget Shenanigans

 On Feb. 28 and March 1, some 30 volunteers from CRBI and other Georgia Water Coalition member organizations pushed ...
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Video Tells Story of 25 Years of CRBI History, 500 years of Coosa History

 A video celebrating CRBI's silver anniversary was released at CRBI's annual membership meeting. Through the eyes of Coosa River ...
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Local River Heroes Recognized

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mar. 15, 2018 REP. JOHN MEADOWS RECOGNIZED FOR WATER PROTECTION WORK AT STATEWIDE GATHERING OF CONSERVATIONISTS, GEORGIA DNR WORK ...
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CRBI Plans 24-Hour Capitol Tire Roll In Support of HR 158

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 20, 2018 TIRE ROLL DEMONSTRATION TO KICK OFF GEORGIA WATER COALITION CAPITOL CONSERVATION DAY In an ...
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CRBI To Attempt World Record for Longest Line of Inflatables At Rome’s Big Float June 2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 9, 2018 CRBI AIMS TO SET WORLD WATER INFLATABLE RECORD AT ROME’S BIG FLOAT JUNE 2 Rome’s ...
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2017 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report A overview of CRBI activities during 2017. CLICK HERE OR ON IMAGE BELOW TO READ THE FULL ...
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Join CRBI for Capitol Conservation Day

Join us on March 1st for Capitol Conservation Day with the Georgia Water Coalition.  We'll let you know about some ...
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CRBI Takes Action to Stop Pollution of Coosa at Plant Hammond

For Immediate Release: February 8, 2018 Conservation Groups Challenge Plant Hammond Permit due to Antiquated Cooling Water Structure Rome, GA—The ...
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Water Trails Get $1 Million Boost With Passage of Floyd County SPLOST Package

Floyd County voters overwhelmingly passed a special purpose local sales tax option on Nov. 7 that includes $1 million for ...
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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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Why Test for E. coli? Here’s What You Need to Know…

Written by Courtnee Davenport Every year, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, CRBI sends out dedicated field techs to collect water samples from 30 boat ramps, public beaches, and rivers from Weiss Lake to Allatoona Lake for Swim Guide. The goal for collecting these samples is to find out how much E. coli is present in these popular recreational areas. In order to help our community better understand what E. coli is, where it comes from, and why it matters…

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CRBI Celebrates 30 Years With a Summer Giveaway!

2023 is CRBI’s 30th anniversary year! We’ve accomplished a lot for clean water across our 5,500 square mile river basin with the support of our dedicated members over the last 3 decades! You can read more about our history here. We want to continue to expand our community of members as we head into the next 30 years so that we can accomplish even more for river basin. That’s why we’re doing a membership drive for the month of July…

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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 of Georgia’s Chattooga River, Alabama’s Weiss Lake, and downstream communities, a major textile mill in northwest Georgia has committed to permanently cease the use of PFAS and take action to reduce water pollution. Located on the Chattooga River, the textile mill discharged wastewater polluted with per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the municipal wastewater treatment plant in Trion, Georgia. Because…

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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 the extent of PFAS contamination in Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama. While it is clear that many of the waterways in our watershed are contaminated by PFAS chemicals from upstream manufacturers, the extent of the contamination is yet to be verified. We will be collaborating with Coosa Riverkeeper in Alabama to test sites and Cyclopure, a company in California to…

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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- and polyfluoroalkyl substances).   These chemicals are widespread in the environment since they have been commonly used in manufacturing since the 1940s.  They are used in the  production of everyday items particularly carpet and textiles, non-stick cookware, food packaging, firefighting foam, aerospace, automotive production, construction materials, and electronics.   The health advisory comes after mounting scientific evidence  is proving that PFAS…

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