Four dam-building proposals are currently under consideration in Paulding, Dawson and Lumpkin counties in the Etowah River Basin. Collectively, these water supply projects could permanently divert more than 125 million gallons a day from the Etowah River to meet water needs in metro Atlanta communities.
Three experts in water planning and reservoirs will engage in a panel discussion, with opportunity for those attending to ask their own questions.
“The health of our rivers is at stake so this is a chance for the public to learn more about these plans and the possible repercussions,” said Joe Cook, Executive Director and Riverkeeper at CRBI.
Rome City Manager John Bennett, who serves as chairman for the Coosa-North Georgia Water Planning Council will be joined on the panel by Gil Rogers, an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center which has led legal battles against reservoir projects and Scott Cole, an attorney and reservoir consultant with Hall, Booth, Smith & Slover, PC. who has been involved in the planning and construction of several dams in North Georgia.
The meeting kicks off in the College’s “H Building” at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments; the program begins at 7 p.m. and includes the panel discussion as well as the 2011 Annual Report, CRBI’s annual volunteer and supporter awards and a preview of 2012 activities.
The Annual Report will highlight the organization’s activities in 2011 and provide a brief preview of the year to come.
In 2012, CRBI will celebrate its 20th year as a watershed protection organization.
For additional information and directions to the college visit: http://www.coosa.org/annual-membership-meeting-1
CRBI is a 501c3 non profit organization and member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance.
Its mission is to inform and empower citizens to protect, preserve and restore North America’s most biologically diverse river basin.
For more information, contact Joe Cook at 706-232-2724 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.