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Groups sue to stop PFAS pollution in northwest Georgia

Groups plan lawsuit to stop PFAS pollution in northwest Georgia Coosa River Basin Initiative, SELC, plan to sue the city of Calhoun in federal court ROME, Ga. — On behalf of Coosa River Basin Initiative, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed a lawsuit against the city of Calhoun in Federal District Court for violating federal law and allowing harmful pollutants in drinking water. Calhoun’s wastewater treatment plant is polluting the region with PFAS in two ways:discharging PFAS directly to the Coosawattee River…

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Coosa River Basin Initiative Hosts Indigenous Perspectives on Conservation Panel Discussion at Berry College

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Coosa River Basin Initiative Hosts Indigenous Perspectives on Conservation Panel Discussion at Berry College [Rome, Ga, Feb 1, 2024]  — Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) is proud to announce a thought-provoking Q&A style panel discussion on Indigenous Perspectives on Conservation, scheduled to take place on February 15th at 6 pm in McAllister Auditorium at Berry College. The panel will feature esteemed indigenous leaders from various tribes, including the Cherokee, Muscogee, and Choctaw nations. The distinguished guests include…

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Coosa River Basin Initiative and Coosa Riverkeeper Join Forces to Monitor PFAS Contamination in the Coosa River Basin

In response to growing concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and their potential impact on public health, Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) and Coosa Riverkeeper are pleased to announce their collaboration on a crucial project aimed at monitoring PFAS contamination in the Coosa River Basin in Georgia and Alabama. PFAS are a group of human-made chemicals used in various industries for their stain resistant and flame retardant properties. Unfortunately, these persistent chemicals have been linked to potential health risks…

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Coosa River Basin Initiative Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness on the Impact of Microplastics on Freshwater and Public Health

Rome, Ga.- In commemoration of their 30th anniversary as the Riverkeeper of the upper Coosa River basin, Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) proudly announces the launch of a campaign aimed at educating the community about the detrimental effects of microplastics on freshwater ecosystems and public health. As a part of the microplastics campaign CRBI will co-host a ‘River Junk Sculpture’ class with Kingfisher Art Co. on November 2nd. The workshop will allow participants to make sculptures using plastic collected from…

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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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CRBI, Harbin, Hardy Promote Safe Summer Recreation With the Launch of ‘Swim Guide’

Beginning Memorial Day weekend and running through Labor Day, CRBI will collect bacterial water samples at 30 popular recreation sites in the upper Coosa River basin. Weekly reports on E.coli levels will help everyone enjoying our waterways to stay informed while they stay active. This vast project expansion is made possible by the generous support of Harbin Clinic and Hardy Realty. “Spending time on our rivers provides ample benefits to our overall well-being,” explains Harbin Clinic psychologist and CRBI Board…

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