Join former Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Sally Bethea for a evening of stories from 20 years of keeping watch over Georgia's most important river. Bethea will tell some of her favorite stories from her years of riverkeeping, read excerpts from her book, Keeping the Chattahoochee, and answer questions about Georgia's river protection movement that now includes nine riverkeeper organizations in the state. The evening is sponsored by Coosa River Basin Initiative and Georgia River Network.

Sally Sierer Bethea was one of the first women in America to become a “riverkeeper”—a vocal defender of a specific waterway who holds polluters accountable. In Keeping the Chattahoochee, she tells stories that range from joyous and funny to frustrating—even alarming—to illustrate what it takes to save an endangered river. Her tales are triggered by the regular walks she takes through a forest to the Chattahoochee over the course of a year, finding solace and kinship in nature.

"Sally Bethea's book is a marvel. She interweaves close observations of the life of the river and forests with political history. Her stories are always inspiring." - David George Haskell, author of Sounds Wild and Broken and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Sally Bethea is the retired founding director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization established in 1994 whose mission is to protect and restore the Chattahoochee River, its tributaries and watershed. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Georgia Tech, and an honorary doctorate from LaGrange College—as well as more than forty years of experience in environmental issues and nonprofit management.

This is a FREE event and open to the public. The gallery has a bar serving beer, wine, and non alcoholic refreshments.

PARKING can be found across the street at Truist Bank