Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Hike to the Headwaters of the Chattahoochee River

On Saturday, Sept. 27, join CRK for a 5-mile, round-trip hike to the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River.

The hike is rated moderate and curls around hilltops and traverses ridges passing through dense stands of hardwoods, rhododendrons, and mountain laurel.

The hike will begin at 10:30 a.m. and ends around 2:30 p.m. The outing is limited to 25 people, and registration closes at noon on Sept. 26.

Additional details (meeting location, what to bring, etc.) will be provided upon registration. Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members, $5 for children ages 8-18.

Space is limited. Register today.


20th Anniversary Gala Planned for Oct. 14

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a gala benefit on Oct. 14. The event is co-chaired by Shearon and Taylor Glover and Jim and Sarah Kennedy.

Following a reception and dinner, there will be an inspirational program looking at CRK's accomplishments and partnerships.

We also will be saluting Sally Bethea, our founding director and riverkeeper, prior to her retirement at the end of this year.

Attendees will hear from new leaders: Juliet Cohen, who will be executive director, and Jason Ulseth, who will be riverkeeper.

There is a waiting list for this event.

Read the event press release.

Orvis 'Down the Hatch' Film Festival to Benefit CRK

Orvis and SweetWater Brewing Company will host Orvis' first "Down the Hatch" film festival on Oct. 8 at Terminal West.

The event will celebrate Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's 20th year and the remodeling of the Orvis Atlanta Fishing Department. Tom Rosenbauer will be the event host.

The company has committed $5,000 from the proceeds of the event to support CRK projects.

Those who pre-purchase tickets will receive a $25 Orvis gift card. Every ticket purchased enters attendees into a raffle for cool Orvis prizes, including the grand prize: a commemorative H2 rod with a SweetWater Brewery logo.

Buy tickets via Terminal West.

Oily Asphalt Material Flows to River; CRK Goes to Court

Thanks to a citizen who contacted CRK’s Hotline, we learned that American Sealcoat Manufacturing, an asphalt manufacturing and distribution facility in Fulton County, has been discharging stormwater polluted with petroleum products and other chemicals into a stream less than 1,000 feet from the Chattahoochee River.

Oily Asphalt Material Flowing to River from American Sealcoat from CRK-TV on Vimeo.

Despite our repeated offers to work amicably with the facility owners to bring them into compliance with clean water laws, our efforts were rejected. 

During a follow-up site visit, we found the facility discharging oily asphalt sealing material directly into a tributary to the river. (Click here to see video.) We notified  the Georgia Environmental Protection Division which conducted an inspection the next day and has initiated an enforcement action.

On July 30, CRK filed a complaint and petition for injunctive relief in federal district court against American Sealcoat. Our goal is to bring this facility into compliance with the law by installing best management practices to reduce polluted stormwater runoff and removing all asphalt materials deposited downstream of the facility.

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