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June 2013
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Georgia River Network News Stream
June 2013

News
1.    Paddle GA 2013 - Party with us in Camilla and Bainbridge!
2.    Register for the Final 3 of 4 Seasons Hidden Gems River Trips
3.    Georgia Forest Watch Job Postings
4.    Georgia Wildlife Federation Job Posting
5.    Georgia Water Wire: Rewriting Georgia Water Law in Two Acts
6.    Help GRN Raise $24,000 for Georgia's Rivers
7.    Etowah River User's Guide Book - On Sale Now!
8.    GRN Photo Contest

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
9.    11th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival
10.    Altamaha Riverkeeper Paddle and Meet the Riverkeeper Party
11.    Harris Neck Butterfly Walk
12.    Great American Backyard Campout

Grassroots Highlight
13.    West Atlanta Watershed Alliance Receives Urban Waters Federal Partnership

Nonprofit Resources
14.    What to Do After You Accidently Hit “Send”
15.    Get Free Stuff From Google!

Fundraising Deadlines
16.    New Grant Opportunities

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1.    Paddle GA 2013 - Party with us in Camilla and Bainbridge
Paddle Georgia 2013 will take place June 15-21 on 106 miles of the Lower Flint River from Warwick to Bainbridge.  Spaces for thru paddlers sold out in a record 24 hours!  Join us for a virtual journey of the trip on our website HERE.

Join Georgia River Network and Flint Riverkeeper for the Paddle Georgia 2013 “End of Journey Celebration!” Fish Fry and Party
WHERE: Bainbridge, GA – Earle May Boat Basin/Cheney Griffin Park
WHEN: Friday, June 21, 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM with dinner at 6:00
COST: Tickets - $15 and are available HERE.
Welcome the 350-member Paddle Georgia navy as it arrives at its final destination – Bainbridge, Georgia – after their 7-day, 106-mile adventure on the Flint River from Warwick to Bainbridge.  There will be live music, a fish fry with all the fixins’, games and celebration.  Bring your lawn chair and join the fun!

Join Georgia River Network and the Camilla Chamber of Commerce for the Paddle Georgia 2013 Camilla Street Party!
WHERE: Downtown Camilla, GA
WHEN: Tuesday, June 18, 5:00 PM – 9:00PM
Welcome the 350-member Paddle Georgia navy as it arrives in Camilla and Mitchell County during their 7-day, 106-mile adventure on the Flint River from Warwick to Bainbridge.  There will be live music and fun for the whole family. Downtown restaurants will be open for dinner for the Paddle Georgia participants and others who want to join the fun.  Bring your lawn chair and join the fun!

Thanks to our Paddle Georgia Sponsors to Date:


Georgia Power; Hennessy Land Rover Centres; Patagonia;  Oglethorpe Power Corporation; StreamTechs ; Stack and Associates; Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center; Cellairis ; Len Foote Hike Inn; Chambliss, Sheppard, Roland & Baxter LLP; China Clay Producers Association; Kettle Brand; Sea to Summit; The Outside World; Coca-Cola Refreshments; Carrier Transicold; Jackson Spalding; The Rainbarrel Depot; Organic Valley

Paddle Georgia 2013 Partners:

Georgia Canoe Association, Georgia Adopt–A – Stream, Project WET, Flint Riverkeeper, Café Campesino

2.    Register for the Final 3 of 4 Seasons Hidden Gems River Trips
Join GRN for 3 more Hidden Gems Paddling Events. Three different occasions to discover some of the hidden gems on Georgia's waterways. Each river trip will include presentations along the route, ranging from natural history and water quality testing to river clean-up training and kayak fishing. Find details and register at www.garivers.org.

August 4: Etowah River Paddle and Etowah River User’s Guide Book Launch Party with Coosa River Basin Initiative, Upper Etowah River Alliance, and Cherokee Historical Society

Sept. 7: Central Savannah Watershed Paddle with Georgia Kayak Fishing-Paddle 4 Tomorrow & Savannah Riverkeeper

Nov. 16: Altamaha River Watershed Paddle with Off Grid Expeditions, Rivers Alive & Altamaha Riverkeeper

3.    Georgia Forest Watch Job Postings
Georgia Forest Watch is looking for a new Outreach and Development Director and Office Manager.  Click here for more information about the positions.

4.    Georgia Wildlife Federation Job Posting
Georgia Wildlife Federation is looking for a Marketing and Communications Manager.  Application deadline is July 10th.  Click here for more information on the position.

5.    Georgia Water Wire: Rewriting Georgia Water Law in Two Acts
As the Georgia Water Coalition worked on SB 213 (Flint River Drought Protection Act revision) during the 2013 legislative session there was much discussion about the parallels folks saw with the failed 2003 permit trading bill (HB 237).   Just as a point of reference, in final form, HB 237 passed the House and Senate in 2004 and became the Comprehensive State-Wide Water Management Planning Act.

Read more about rewriting Georgia water law here. 

6.    Help GRN Raise $24,000 for Georgia's Rivers
Georgia River Network has some very exciting news. After our extremely successful $1,000 donor-match challenge last year (which raised over $20,000 for river protection) and upon hearing GRN’s ambitious goals for 2013, several of our major donors created new challenges.  Many of last year’s $1000 donors have agreed to donate $1000 again this year, if their donation is matched by a new $1000 donation. $7000 has already been pledged! Can you help us secure these donations and double them by meeting this challenge? This will be a dollar for dollar match.  Another donor has put forward an opportunity for Georgia River Network to earn an additional $5,000 but for this opportunity they are going to match gifts of $500 or more from donors who have not made a one-time $500 gift to GRN before. Can you help us secure this $5000 donation and double it by meeting this challenge? Lastly, the Newland Foundation in Athens has graciously provided a grant that will match anyone who has made a $1,000 gift in the past but has not yet made a gift at the $1,000 level this year. We are very grateful for each of these folks who care so deeply about our rivers and we hope you will join them making a significant commitment to the protection of Georgia’s rivers.  Thank you!

To accept either of these challenges, simply go to our website (www.garivers.org) and click on the red “Donate Now” button or mail a check to our office at 126 South Milledge Ave., Suite E3, Athens, GA 30605 or contact Davin at davin@garivers.org.

7.    Etowah River User's Guide Book - On Sale Now!
The first in a series of Georgia River Network Guidebooks, the “Etowah River User’s Guide,” authored by Joe Cook and published in cooperation with Coosa River Basin Initiative, is an appealing and handy look at the biologically diverse and beautiful Etowah River in North Georgia. Printed on waterproof paper by the University of Georgia Press, the book offers a fascinating history of the area and information valuable for novice or experienced paddlers as well as fishermen. It also will help explorers understand the threats facing the river and what steps can be taken to protect it for future generations. To purchase your copy, call 706-549-4508 or come by the Georgia River Network office.

Price: $21 including tax, $23 including tax and shipping.

Joe Cook is the author of the Georgia River Network Guidebook series published by the UGA Press, is coordinator of Georgia River Network’s Paddle Georgia Event, and the executive director of the Coosa River Basin Initiative.

8.    GRN Photo Contest
Each month we will have a different theme and invite you to send us a photo that you think best represents the topic of the month. The June photo contest theme is "River Wildlife Photo." Click here to learn more and submit your photos. Or, click here to visit our homepage to view a slideshow of the May entries and winner.

9.    11th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival
Paddlers of all ages and skill levels will take to the water on Saturday, June 15, for the 11th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival. Registration is now open.
 
The race is organized and presented in partnership with the National Park Service and the City of Roswell.  It begins at 9 a.m. at Garrard Landing Park on Holcomb Bridge Road and includes competitive and recreational categories for Kayaks, Canoes and Stand Up Paddle Boards. This 8-mile course includes exciting Class I-II rapids and concludes at Riverside Park, the site of the free family-friendly festival, music and awards presentation. The festival, held at Roswell’s Riverside Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free and family friendly. Visit the event page here, and check out highlights from last year's event!
 
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

EVENT PAGE

10.    Altamaha Riverkeeper Paddle and Meet the Riverkeeper Party
ARK’s paddle and Meet the Riverkeeper party in Athens is rescheduled for Sunday, June 30. The original date, May 19, was cancelled due to thunderstorms.

Join Altamaha Riverkeeper at Big Dogs on the River for a leisurely paddle (suitable for beginners) on the Middle Oconee River in Athens at noon. Following the paddle, at 2:30, participants will meet back at Big Dogs for a Meet the Riverkeeper party featuring music by Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy.

Suggested donation for the paddle (including shuttle, kayak, and party) is $25. After the paddle, join ARK for music, food, fun and conversation with fellow river enthusiasts, suggested donation for the Meet the Riverkeeper party, only, is $10.

It will be a great day to promote river recreation— and learn what Altamaha Riverkeeper is doing to increase conservation and protection of our rivers.

Big Dogs on the River is located in Athens at 2525 Atlanta Highway
Please RSVP to ARK at cor@altamahariverkeeper.org or 912-437-8164.

11.    Harris Neck Butterfly Walk
Go for a butterfly and native plant walk at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge on Monday, June 17, 2013 in recognition of National Pollinator Week, sponsored by Coastal WildScapes and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Registration is limited to 15 people. All levels of experience with identifying butterflies and plants are welcome. Prior experience identifying butterflies or plants is not required.

Meet at the Harris Neck NWR visitor center at 9:30 AM, starting with a presentation highlighting tips for identifying butterflies along the coastal southeast. Following the presentation, the group will search the area for butterflies and native plants. The entire program will last until 12:00 PM.

Please register before June 12, 2013 at info@coastalwildscapes, or 404-272-1660. Go to coastalwildscapes.org for more information.


12.    Great American Backyard Campout
The 3rd Annual Great American Backyard Campout is right around the corner!
WHEN: Saturday June 22 – Sunday June 23, 2013, 3 pm - 8 am
WHERE: West Atlanta Watershed Association’s Outdoor Activity Center
 
If you’ve missed it in the past, you definitely don’t want to miss this one….Join WAWA, the National Wildlife Federation, and other partners for a free, fun- filled, family camping experience at their 3rd Annual Great American Backyard Campout! Events include hikes in the OAC's 26-acre urban forest, tours of the Bioponica sustainable farming system, educational wildlife exhibits, a night adventure, drum circle, marshmallows & more! This family friendly event brings amazing memories of the outdoors for all ages.  For registration information or if you’re interested in leading an activity station, call 404-752-5385.

13.    West Atlanta Watershed Alliance Receives Urban Waters Federal Partnership

On Friday May 17, 2013, WAWA joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with other federal and community partners to announce the designation of the Proctor Creek Watershed in Northwest Atlanta as one of 11 communities nationwide selected for an Urban Waters Federal Partnership.

This announcement is a testament to the persistent advocacy of WAWA in collaboration with Northwest Atlanta residents to get pressing environmental and public health issues addressed in the watershed.  These community-driven efforts have paved the way for federal agencies to support NW Atlanta residents in reconnecting with their urban waterways, while improving the water quality and restoring the ecosystems of the Proctor Creek Watershed.

EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner was joined by EPA Region 4 Deputy Regional Administrator Stan Meiburg, WAWA Board Chair Na'Taki Osborne Jelks, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in announcing the Proctor Creek partnership during a press conference at Maddox Park.
 
The announcement was the first stop of a Proctor Creek Watershed Mitigation Tour planned as part of the National Brownfields Conference taking place in Atlanta.
     
Many years ago, Proctor Creek was a source of pride for Northwest Atlanta communities. It was a place where children played, where people fished, and where people were baptized.  Now it is seen as a neglected and plagued by illegally dumped tires, high bacteria levels, other pollution, and flooding.
 
Initiatives like the Urban Waters Federal Partnership will lead to earnest efforts on the part of federal agencies including state and local ones along with non-governmental organizations, and businesses will work in solidarity with the resident-led Proctor Creek Watershed Stewardship Council to restore Proctor Creek with the needs of the watershed’s residents in mind.

Revitalizing urban waterways like Proctor Creek will help transform polluted landscapes and reconnect citizens to the creek and open spaces, while having positive health and economic impacts in local communities. Be sure to check out some exciting press coverage highlighting WAWA's efforts to restore and protect the Proctor Creek Watershed.

14.    What to Do After You Accidently Hit “Send”
We've all done it, but what can we do about it?

15.    Get Free Stuff From Google!
A big advantage of working for a 501(c)(3) is that you qualify for free Google Apps, Nonprofit YouTube accounts, Google Grants, and more. And your organization can too—here’s how!

16.    Grant Opportunities
To view grant makers that give throughout the year, visit the grants page of our website HERE.



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