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Written by Matt Davis on September 3, 2014. Posted in News/Weather

The Coosa River Basin Initiative anticipates a busy start to the month of September as they have planned three events for the coming days, all of which are intended to celebrate local rivers.

That flurry of activity will include a screening of the movie “Who Owns Water” at the Rome International Film Festival. The movie tells the story of two brothers who take a 700-plus mile canoe trip down the Chattahoochee, Flint and Appalachicola Rivers to explore the two-decade-long water war between Georgia, Florida and Alabama. It will be screened on Saturday at 1 pm at the DeSoto Theatre.

CRBI Advocacy and Communication Coordinator Joe Cook states, “This is a beautifully filmed documentary and compelling story of an epic journey. It paints a colorful portrait of the rivers’ characters and gives insight into the battle of water that Georgia has waged with its neighbors since 1990. The Coosa system is tied to this controversy.” Following the screening, Cook will sign copies of his book, The Chattahoochee River User’s Guide. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit CRBI.

At the same time that the movie screening is taking place, the CRBI will host a paddle trip down the Etowah River. The 17-mile journey is set for 9 am and will take paddlers from US 411 to Dixon Landing at Grizzard Park. It will provide access to the river’s most remote stretches between Cartersville and Rome.

On Monday evening, the group will host its annual Harvest Moon paddle on the Coosa River. The trip will span six miles from Heritage Park to Lock and Dam Park. It is set to begin at 8 pm and conclude around 10:30 pm.

For more information on any of these events, or to register for the paddle trips, visit www.coosa.org.

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