to protect, preserve, and restore one of North America’s most biologically diverse river systems

Our Program Areas

Advocacy

From local development plans to state water laws, CRBI is an advocate for fishable, swimmable, & drinkable water in the upper Coosa River basin & across the state.

Education

In the classroom and on the water, we connect people with their local rivers, mountains, and forests while educating about wildlife, history, & current issues.

Water Monitoring

We train citizen scientists to become the eyes and ears of their own local waterways.  Monitoring data and citizen concerns help direct our focus to streams that need help.

Restoration

Each year, CRBI removes tens of thousands of pounds of trash through clean-ups while working to restore vegetated stream banks that fight erosion and sediment pollution.

promoting fishable, swimmable, drinkable water

Join CRBI for Capitol Conservation Day

Join us on March 1st for Capitol Conservation Day with the Georgia Water Coalition.  We’ll let you know about some clean water issues, teach you how to reach your elected officials, then turn you loose with a group from your region to advocate for our waterways.  This free event also includes a nice breakfast during the morning’s training program. CLICK HERE for more details and to register. CONTACT US if you would like to ride with CRBI down to the…

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CRBI Takes Action to Stop Pollution of Coosa at Plant Hammond

For Immediate Release: February 8, 2018   Conservation Groups Challenge Plant Hammond Permit due to Antiquated Cooling Water Structure   Rome, GA—The Coosa River Basin Initiative and the Southern Environmental Law Center are challenging a lax permit for Georgia Power’s Plant Hammond, a coal-fired power plant that has needlessly degraded a  the Coosa River for decades. SELC, on behalf of CRBI, has filed a petition for hearing before an administrative law judge to challenge a Clean Water Act pollutant discharge…

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Water Trails Get $1 Million Boost With Passage of Floyd County SPLOST Package

Floyd County voters overwhelmingly passed a special purpose local sales tax option on Nov. 7 that includes $1 million for river access improvement. The funds, which will begin being collected in 2019, will enable the construction of new boat launches, a community boathouse and the creation of “boat-in-only” campsites. CRBI is excited about the prospects of furthering the Etowah River Water Trail project and expanding the effort to the Oostanaula River.

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Pollution and EPD Delays in Cleaning It Up Land Coosa River on Dirty Dozen Report

Two Coosa River issues were highlighted in the Georgia Water Coalition’s annual Dirty Dozen report, a report highlighting the 12 worst offenses to Georgia’s water. Released Nov. 14, the report details the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to delay implementing rules eliminating toxic discharges into our rivers from coal-fired power plants. The move means that mercury, arsenic, lead and other toxins will continue to be dumped into the Coosa. At the state level, lack of funding for Georgia’s Environmental Protection…

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2017 Year In Review

CRBI thanks its hundreds of members, volunteers and supporters who contributed to our efforts in 2017. The video below provides just a sampling of CRBI’s work to create cleaner rivers and stronger communities during the past year. Help us continue our work in 2018 as we celebrate our 25th year of protecting the Coosa by making a year-end tax deductible donation. CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW ONLINE!

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Rome, GA 30161

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