Coosa River Basin Initiative Launches Downstream Podcast: Indigenous Perspectives on Conservation

Rome, Georgia – June 4, 2024 – Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) has just released the final episode of an 8 episode podcast called ‘Downstream: Indigenous Perspectives on Conservation”.  The podcast is a platform where members of CRBI engage in insightful conversations with leaders from the Muskogee, Cherokee, and Choctaw tribes, exploring indigenous perspectives on conservation and what meaningful land acknowledgment looks like in the 21st century.

‘Downstream’ explores a wide range of topics including the impact of the forced removal of indigenous peoples, the impact of industrialization and privatization on the ecology, the link between spirituality and ecology, and what is needed to create a future where coming generations can experience the beauty of the upper Coosa River basin.  The interviews feature spiritual leaders, environmental activists, and artists from the Muskogee, Cherokee, and Choctaw tribes. Through these conversations, listeners will gain valuable insights into modern indigenous culture as well as the challenges and opportunities for conservation in the modern era.

“Our goal with this project is to acknowledge the history we live ‘downstream’ of and critically engage with the challenges that parts of that history have left us, such as pollution and the extinction of critical species,” said Courtney Altice, Communications Manager of CRBI. “We hope that by re-engaging with the voices of indigenous people who were forcibly removed from this land, we can create more informed decisions for a more sustainable and prosperous future for all.”

Downstream aims to foster dialogue and understanding and inspire collective action towards a more equitable and sustainable future.

“We all live downstream is a common phrase used in watershed conservation,” said Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman of CRBI. “What happens in one area of a watershed has impacts to everyone downstream who relies on that water for drinking and recreation. It is our shared responsibility to protect and preserve our natural resources for future generations. Through Downstream, we hope to deepen our appreciation for the interconnectedness of all life and inspire positive change in our communities.”

Downstream is now available on major podcast platforms Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Podcasts. Listeners are encouraged to subscribe, rate, and review the podcast to join the conversation and support the mission of environmental conservation and cultural preservation.  

For more information about Downstream and CRBI, visit or follow Coosa River Basin Initiative on Instagram or Facebook.

About Coosa River Basin Initiative:

Coosa River Basin Initiative is a grassroots environmental organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, and restoring the upper Coosa River basin. Since its founding in 1993, CRBI has been at the forefront of efforts to address water pollution, promote sustainable development, and advocate for the health and well-being of the communities and ecosystems within the basin.