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Educational Activities for the Kids

Merlin App – Take a walk outside and see many different bird species you are able to identify with this avian ID app. Fizzy Pots – Not just for St. Patrick’s Day, this easy baking soda and vinegar experiment is sure to keep the kids entertained. Crystal Snowflakes – Learn a fun lesson about the formation of crystals while making your own snowflake.  The end product is sure to dazzle and you’ll have a sweet keepsake to remember your time spent together. How Do Leaves Breathe? – Now…

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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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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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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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