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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.

Read the event press release.

Preview Auction Items for the 20th Anniversary Gala

Thanks to generous support of our partners, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is pleased to offer an exclusive auction for our 20th Anniversary gala guests.

During the event, guests will have the opportunity to bid on more than 100 items during our silent, super-silent and live auctions.

Items include a 10-course dinner for 12 at Goin Coastal Seafood, a four-night stay ay Ted Turner's Flying D Ranch, VIP passes to see The View in New York City and more.

Preview select items before the gala.

Secure a Spot on CRK's Overnight PaddleTrip at McIntosh Reserve

Join Chattahoochee Riverkeeper for its last fall paddle trip on Oct. 17-19 at McIntosh Reserve.

Participants will paddle one of the longest stretches of the Chattahoochee River still untouched by bridges and river-front development below Atlanta.

The trip is approximately 21 miles, from McIntosh Reserve in Carroll County to the U.S. 27 Bridge in Franklin. There also will be overnight camping.

It is recommended for experienced beginners who know basic strokes and bracing skills. Registration is required for this trip.

Get details and register on our website.

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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