Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Tickets on Sale: Orvis 'Down the Hatch' Film Festival

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

Orvis has committed $5,000 from the proceeds to CRK!

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

Those who pre-purchase tickets get a $25 Orvis gift card. Attendees will be entered into a raffle for cool prizes, including a commemorative H2 rod with the SweetWater logo.

Buy tickets via Terminal West.

Whole Foods Selects CRK for Grand Opening Benefit

Whole Foods Market is opening a new store in Alpharetta on Oct. 14.

As part of its grand opening festivities, Whole Foods has chosen CRK as its nonprofit partner.

Each time a new store opens, Whole Foods selects a local nonprofit to be the beneficiary of the $5 donation for pre-opening store tours, which are attended by hundreds of people.

Thank you Whole Foods!

To RSVP for pre-opening tours, click here!

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.

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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