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Water Monitoring

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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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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2020 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 three sites that included Neel’s Landing off of US 411, Grizzard Park (soccer fields), and Heritage Park on September 1, 2020.  The results of those monitoring efforts showed that 52.9 cfu/100mL were present at Neel’s Landing (411), 142.1 cfu/100mL were present at Grizzard Park, and 172.3 cfu/100mL…

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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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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 chloride that resulted in a complete kill of aquatic life along a 3.7 mile stretch of Flat Creek. According to EPD documents, the spill killed an estimated 8,262 fish, including federally threatened Cherokee darters. In addition to the $9000 fine, EPD is requiring the company to clean up soil at the facility contaminated by ferric chloride, improve its stormwater pollution…

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