The annual meeting is slated for 6:30 p.m. at the Rome-Floyd E.C.O. River Education Center in Ridge Ferry Park.
CRBI Executive Director Joe Cook said
that the organization has taken action during the years to protect the rivers, including being involved in cases stemming from industrial problems affecting the Chattooga River and commercial growth that threatened the Etowah River in Canton.
“We’ve educated thousands of children through our education programs, logged hundreds of Adopt-a-Stream water quality monitoring events and cleaned probably over 100,000 pounds of trash from our rivers over the past 20 years,” Cook said.
Priorities related to water supply are currently at the forefront of the organization’s efforts. CRBI has lobbied extensively for water conservation efforts while the state has been working in recent years to build more reservoir projects.
“Reservoirs and dams are not cost effective,” Cook said. “They are the most expensive water supply options that we have.”
Cook pointed to plans for a new reservoir in Paulding County, the Richland Creek Reservoir. The Paulding County Water and Sewer Department got a $29 million loan from the state for the new reservoir.
“Rather than investing in fixing infrastructure that we have and using supplies that we have more efficiently, instead we have decided to spend $29 million to build a reservoir to pump water to those leaking pipes,” Cook said.
He said more than 130 people are registered to be on the Etowah River this Saturday for the annual Polar Bear Paddle from the Dixon Landing to Heritage Park, a paddle of approximately six miles. Final registration will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, and boats will be launched at about 10:30 a.m.