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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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2018 Georgia General Assembly: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

The Georgia General Assembly ended the 2018 legislative session on March 29. Now, a month out from Sine Die, we ...
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CRBI Honors Greenie Award Recipients

On April 19, CRBI celebrated Earth Week by recognizing five entities accomplishing extraordinary work to protect natural resources in northwest ...
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Greenie Awards Set for Apr. 19 in Rome

CRBI TO RECOGNIZE GREENIE AWARD WINNERS APRIL 19 DURING EARTH WEEK CELEBRATION A Calhoun-based textile business, a Piedmont, Alabama land ...
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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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Weekly Bacterial Monitoring Results

Green: 0-126 cfu/100mL considered safe for recreational use by the state of Georgia Yellow: +126-235 cfu/100mL moderate risk of illness Red: +235 cfu/100mL high risk of illness CRBI conducted bacterial water monitoring at four sites that included Euharlee Road boat ramp, Neel’s Landing off of US 411, Grizzard Park (soccer fields), and Heritage Park on August 29, 2019.  The results of those monitoring efforts showed that 96 cfu/100mL of E.coli were present at Euharlee Road, 80.9 cfu/100mL were present at…

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2019 Riverkeeper Award Winners

On March 28th, CRBI hosted their Riverkeeper Awards and Annual Meeting at the Courtyard Rome Riverwalk to celebrate the accomplishments of 2018 – their 25th Anniversary year.  The Riverkeeper Awards also gave CRBI the opportunity to recognize exceptional community partners for their work in support of the organization’s mission to preserve, protect, and restore our rivers.      This year, CRBI recognized four award winners.  Erica Simpson, our Catfishin’ Queen, won the Ray Kelley Volunteer of the Year Award for all…

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Riverkeeper Awards and Annual Meeting

CRBI would like to invite everyone to join us for our Riverkeeper Awards and Annual Meeting, March 28th from 6 – 9pm on the outdoor patio of the Courtyard Rome Riverwalk.  This is a party that you won’t want to miss!   Formerly known as the Greenie Awards, the Riverkeeper Awards is an opportunity to recognize the exceptional progress of local individuals and companies for their efforts to improve water quality.  We here at CRBI, also look forward to updating everyone…

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2019 Triennial Review

The Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources recently conducted the opening hearing of the 2019 Triennial Review. This occurs every three years and provides an opportunity for the EPD to reevaluate the designated usage of water bodies. The designation of a body of water is based on primary usage and directly correlates to water quality standards. In other words, the designated use determines the stringent nature of permits and fines for pollution. The three most common…

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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 our waterways and drinking water sources. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now proposing a new rule, the Replacement rule that would dramatically shrink the protections of the Clean Water Act. In 2015, the Clean Water rule was added as an amendment to the 1972 Clean Water Act to extend protection to small streams, wetlands, stream headwaters, and waters that…

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