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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 day in Western North Carolina, I couldn’t help but laugh. Almost two months into my season as a raft guide on the French Broad River, I had grown accustomed to seeing the local Great Blue Herons. Through Beginners Rapid, in the Maze, or far downriver in the Windy Flats, herons could be found in their reliable spots along the river…

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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 bacterial water sampling intern this year.I planted my roots in Romein the summer of 2004 when my family made our last Marine Corps duty station move. I was lucky to be able to see a lot of America in my young life as we travelled across country every two years or so. I give credit to those long car rides…

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River Magic

Written By: Liz Spencer I love the water.  Oceans, rivers, seas, lakes, ponds, puddles.  I’ll jump into them all.  By my personal history (i.e. almost drowning in a pond and getting seasick a… lot), this shouldn’t be the case.  But the unmistakable beauty of our earth’s water systems… there is nothing else like it. It is pure, majestic, and absolutely breathtaking.  And the best of them all?  Rivers. In September of 2015 I joined DePaul University’s Club Rowing Team, and…

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Educational Activities for the Kids

ACTIVITIES 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? –…

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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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