Media release: The relationship between water and energy will be explored at the Coosa River Basin Initiative’s annual membership meeting set for Jan. 26 at Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome.
“When you flip the light switch, you’re also turning on the faucet,” said CRBI Executive Director David Tucker. “That’s because we use millions of gallons of water from our rivers at coal, gas and nuclear power plants in Georgia and Alabama to produce the electricity we use in our homes.”
The water-energy nexus will be the focus of keynote speaker Amelia Shenstone with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Since the early 1900s, water has played a key role in generating our electricity, from early hydropower dams to today’s massive nuclear power plants. Shenstone will explore that relationship and discuss how emerging energy sources are likely to change the way we get our power.
Shenstone’s address will follow a presentation of CRBI’s annual report and recognition of key volunteers and supporters during 2015.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with refreshments at the college, 1 Maurice Culberson Drive in Rome. The business meeting will begin at 6:30 followed by the keynote address at 7:15. The meeting is open to the public; there is no cost to attend.
Bernie Hrul of Rome will be recognized as the Ray Kelley Volunteer of the Year. Hrul has volunteered with CRBI for several years and this year served as the lead fryer at the organization’s Fish Fry. He has also played a lead role in organizing the 7 Hills 3 Rivers Adventure Race and has volunteered at numerous other CRBI fundraisers and paddle trips.
Vivian Davis Chelsey will be recognized with CRBI’s Environmental Educator Award. Chelsey serves as the coordinator of the Arrowhead Environmental Education Center which provides opportunities for students from Floyd County and surrounding counties.
Heritage Auto Group and Mike Barron will be recognized with CRBI’s Corporate Citizen Award. The Rome auto dealership has been a long time supporter of CRBI and this year donated a truck lease to the organization. The truck has been used to tow CRBI’s patrol boat and provide support at CRBI paddle trips and events. Heritage also served as one of the inaugural sponsors of CRBI’s Green Gala event.
Terrell Shaw, a retired educator from Rome, will be recognized with CRBI’s Margie T. Harbin Environmental Advocacy Award. CRBI presents this award on special occasions to individuals that have accomplished extraordinary work to protect our rivers. Shaw served as the primary organizer of the “Save Rome’s Central Park” group that launched a social media campaign focused on the Rome City Commission election. Shaw’s efforts helped lead to the election of two new city commissioners and sent a clear message to incumbents that Rome voters want to preserve the city’s Burwell Creek wetlands and floodplain, a property currently threatened with development into a regional shopping center. The award is named in honor of Margie T. Harbin, a staunch CRBI supporter who died in 2009.
The membership meeting will conclude with a drawing for a Primo Kamado All-In-One ceramic grill donated by The Pool Store in Rome. Those who join CRBI for the first time or renew their membership in January will have their names entered in the drawing.
Additional information about the drawing and membership meeting can be found at www.coosa.org