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EPD Hears Concerns from Citizens at Virtual Hearing

EPD held its virtual hearing for the closure permit for Plant Hammond ash pond 3 (AP-3) on Tuesday, August 10 ...
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Georgia Recorder Article Paints Grim Picture of Coal Ash in Georgia

Here is an excellent overview of the coal ash problem across the state from Jill Nolin at Georgia Recorder ...
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Plant Hammond on the Coosa River

GA Power Plans to Leave Toxic Coal Ash in Groundwater at Plant Hammond

Georgia Power is seeking approval from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD)for Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) permits to cap nearly ...
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Restoring the Coosa River Basin

If you are interested in supporting the restoration of the Coosa River Basin, become a member or donate today. The ...
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Georgia Recorder on the Trust Fund Victory

Jill Nolin of the Georgia Recorder wrote this excellent piece on the history of this long-lasting effort to dedicate environmental ...
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CRBI is Hiring!

CRBI is hiring a part-time Administrative Assistant! CLICK HERE for more details ...
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Fighting for Clean Water Under the Gold Dome

The 2021 Legislative Session is well under way. While CRBI is not traveling to the Capitol in person this year ...
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Eddied Out: Thinking about Rivers in a Time of Social Distancing

By: Nik Bergill “It looks like a goose flying backwards!” the young girl in my raft exclaimed. On another clear ...
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Connect with a Cause Through Citizen Science

By Courtnee Pope Hello, CRBI friends and family! My name is Courtnee Davenport and I am working as CRBI’s summer ...
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2020 Bacterial Monitoring Results

Green: 0-126 cfu/100mLconsidered safe for recreational use by the state of GeorgiaYellow: +126-235 cfu/100mLmoderate risk of illnessRed: +235 cfu/100mLhigh risk ...
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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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