Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

This Week: Mountainfilm on Tour ATL Hits the Plaza Theatre

Mountainfilm on Tour ATL comes to the Plaza Theatre this weekend, Aug. 22-23, and we hope to see everyone turn out for this two-day event benefiting three local charities.

A "green" event, Mountainfilm on Tour ATL takes pride in promoting sustainability, recycling, and reusability. That's why they've chosen Chattahoochee Riverkeeper(CRK), as well as Trees Atlanta and the Captain Planet Foundation as beneficiaries.

There will be an innovative sampling of short films -- aimed at educating and inspiring -- curated from this year’s Mountainfilm in Telluride Film Festival. They include: "Take Away Film: Uganda," Friday's featured film, and "Mending the Line," Saturday's featured film.

Two-day passes and single-day tickets are available now. Tickets for individual films will be sold at the Plaza the day of.

Purchase your tickets today!

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.

Cruise, Paddle and Hike: Registration Open for Fall Outings

It's is hard to believe, but the summer is coming to a close. That does not mean that the fun on the 'Hooch has to end.

On the contrary, CRK has four outings this fall that are sure to pique your interest.

In September, join us for several opportunities to enjoy the outdoors:

Sept. 6: Lake Lanier tour on CRK's catamaran

Sept. 13: Family hike at Sope Creek in Atlanta

Sept. 27: Headwaters hike in the National Forest

In October, we have a special treat for those ready to take their adventures to the next level.

Oct. 17-19: Participants will be able to paddle one of the longest stretches of the Chattahoochee River still untouched by bridges and river-front development. The trip is a total of 21 miles and includes camping.

Register online today. Space is limited.

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.

A reception at 6 p.m. will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and an inspirational program that will look back at the past two decades of CRK 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.

For ticket details, sponsorships and more, check our website.


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