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Boat ramp into West Antioch Lake at the Rocky Mountain Public Fishing Area
***Coosa River added to Georgia's Dirty Dozen - Since the mid 1950s, Georgia Power has sucked millions of gallons of water a day from the Coosa River at Plant Hammond near Rome, used it cool the plant’s coal-fired power generators and then sent most of it back to the river as hot water. Now, more than 40 years after the passage of the Clean Water Act and more than a decade after state tests showed the Coosa was suffering from depleted oxygen—one consequence of the hot water discharge—Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has still not required the company to install a cooling system that would dramatically reduce water use at the plant and restore healthy oxygen levels in the river. A cleanup plan that was originally proposed in 2003 has never been implemented and EPD now says it will not be ready until 2016.
Weiss added to Bass Trail - The Alabama Bass Trail is proud to announce two lakes have been added to the state’s popular fishing trail for 2015. The North Division welcomes Weiss Lake while the South Division welcomes Lake Martin. The additional two lakes bring the popular trail to 13 premier bass fishing lakes located throughout the state of Alabama. Weiss Lake, located in Cherokee County, is an Alabama Power Company hydroelectric impoundment covering 30,200 acres and is a major economic driver for the county. There are four free public access areas and 37 privately run marina services around the lake. “We are very excited to become a part of the Alabama Bass Trail. It is a great opportunity for Weiss Lake and our local businesses to be associated with this statewide fishing trail. Kay Donaldson and her team of volunteers have done a tremendous job in promoting Alabama lakes and rivers. We thank Governor Bentley and the Alabama Tourism Department for seeing the potential to grow tourism and a special thank you to all of the Alabama Bass Trail sponsors who believe in this project. The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism looks forward to welcoming bass anglers to Weiss Lake,” said Thereasa Hulgan, executive director of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.
*** Bike Ped Plan Presented - Consultants from ALTA presented a draft set of recommendations for the Rome/Floyd Bike/Ped Transportation plan Tuesday night October 21 featuring trail connections from dowtown Rome to all four of the major colleges in Rome. Theh plan also suggested possible changes in the alignment of traffic on Broad Street downtown to better accomodate bicycle traffic.
*** Greenie Awards - The Coosa River Basin Initative has announced the creation of "Greenie Awards." The first awards recognizing individuals, companies or non-profit organizations for efforts in sustainability, innovation, water conservation, land protection and outdoor recreation will be given at a "Green Gala" April 2, 2015 at Barnsley Gardens. Nominations for the first awards will be accepted until December 5. Nominations can be found at CRBI.
*** Leaf Watch - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will host a Leaf Watch website which will post regular updates on the status of the changing colors across the state. The website is chock full of data regarding top trails and overlooks, cabins and campsites along with tips for hikers and photography enthusiasts.Sloppy Floyd State Park at Summerville and Red Top Mountain in Cartersville are among the top 15 parks for fall colors along with Cloudland Canyon and Fort Mountain in northwest Georgia Visit Fall Colors.
***Spookapalooza - The DeSoto State Park Spookapalooza Halloween Pumpkin Carving contest is coming up October 20-25. Pumpkins will be available at the parks Country Store beginning October 20. All entries must be turned in to the parks Nature Center by noon October 25 Winners will be announced that night, Saturday, October 25 at 5 pm at the Fire ring in the parks improved campground. Entries can be picked up the following day, Sunday, October 26.
*** Keown Falls Trail - The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to relocate about 0.5 of a mile of trail at Keown Falls, just across the Floyd-Walker County line. The 1.8 mile loop trail has been earmarked for improvements to re-establish a consistent tread width , proper out-sloping and improve drainage to make the trail more sustainable over the long haul. The work will hopefully eliminate short-cutting and erosion on steeply graded switchbacks. People can comment by fax at 706-695-1972 or by phone to Karen Larsen at 706-695-6736 x-103. Comments are being received through October 10.
November 1 - Bicycle Safety Day event in Cave Spring. Community is really getting into cycling!
November 8 - CRBI Annual Catfish Fry - Rome First United Methodist Church 11 am - 3 pm
Januaury 3, 2015 - Snake Creek Gap Mountain Bike Time Trials - Dalton 17 and 34 mile rides
February 7, 2015 - Snake Creek Gap Mountain Bike Time Trials - Dalton 17 and 34 mile rides
March 7, 2015 - Snake Creek Gap Mountain Bike Time Trials - Dalton 17 and 34 miles rides