Rome, Georgia, July, 10, 2024 — Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) is excited to announce that its first annual Student Symposium for Watershed Innovation & Management (SSWIM) is scheduled for April of 2025. This upcoming event will offer middle and high school students an opportunity to immerse themselves in hands-on environmental projects, explore innovative solutions to watershed challenges, and learn about careers in natural resources.

Hosted by the Coosa River Basin Initiative with support from Berry College, SSWIM is dedicated to fostering the next generation of scientists. The symposium provides a platform for students to engage directly in practical environmental projects, explore creative solutions to pressing watershed issues, and learn from professionals about careers in natural resources.

Educators and students are encouraged to register for an online information session that will be held in August to learn more about this opportunity. Registration for the session can be found on CRBI’s website at

Coosa River Basin Initiative believes in the power of education and collaboration to drive change. Built on this principle, SSWIM aims to inspire students to become passionate about the environment, encourage creativity, innovation, and teamwork, promote sustainable practices and environmental responsibility, and introduce students to diverse career paths in the field of natural resources.

CRBI will offer seed grants to participating teams to support their projects. These grants will provide essential funding for materials, equipment, and other expenses, enabling students to bring their innovative ideas to life.

The symposium is sponsored by Georgia Power and GHD, whose generous support will help make this event possible.

About Coosa River Basin Initiative: Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and restoring the upper Coosa River Basin. Through education, advocacy, and restoration, and water monintoring, CRBI works to ensure that everyone’s right to clean water is protected.

Media Contact:

Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman
Executive Director
706-232-2724 |