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June 2016
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1. Local Residents Paddle Through Georgia
 For 12 years and counting, Paddle Georgia has given residents a chance to see Georgia in a way they never have before. 

Every summer, participants of Paddle Georgia travel approximately 100 miles by boat in a week-long paddling trip through some of Georgia’s most beautiful rivers. From June 18-24, local Newton County residents will paddle through the Oostanaula, Conasauga and Coosa rivers with their friends and family. 

During the week-long event, participants take daily paddling trips, averaging 15 miles, camp during the night, eat meals, enjoy entertainment and educational programs, take tours of historic sites and more.

Read more at The Covington News.
2. Online Athens: Boat Ramp at Athens' Ben Burton Park Will Be Part of the Blue Water Trail
People can now launch or land canoes and kayaks from the Middle Oconee River without damaging the riverbank at one of Athens-Clarke County’s public parks. 

Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson, several Athens Clarke-County Commission members and members of other groups involved in the recently completed project staged a ceremonial ribbon-cutting Friday for the new ramp at Ben Burton...
Read more about the new ramp at Online Athens.

3. Become a Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Conservation Ranger
Looking for a challenging and exciting career where you can enjoy the outdoors, serve the public and work on a team where you are valued and appreciated? Ever considered becoming a Conservation Ranger? The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is looking for self motivated men and women with a good work ethic and a desire to protect Georgia’s beautiful natural resources and to provide a positive public safety presence for all of our citizens.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will only be accepting applications from May 1–June 15, 2016. 
For more details visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website or contact the DNR LE Training Center by email at or by phone at 478-993-4545.

4. City of Atlanta Job Opening for Position in Office of Sustainability

SAFE is seeking a one-year entry level position who will be housed within in the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability with the City of Atlanta.  This person will assist with deploying more electric and low-emission vehicles in the City’s fleet; identify funding opportunities to expand EV infrastructure in the City; identify parcels of land owned by the City that are underutilized and have potential to generate revenue as charging stations; expand the City’s compressed natural gas (“CNG”) and alternative fuel usage beyond the current 3% rate; review opportunities to add more EVs through existing contracts; and expand ride share and alternative transportation options for City employees.
1. A contract consultant for SAFE reporting to the Director of Corporate Engagement at SAFE;
2. Responsible for assisting the City of Atlanta in achieving milestones and goals that will be developed by the City of Atlanta and SAFE with quarterly reporting by the Technical Adviser to the City of Atlanta and SAFE to track progress;
3. Responsive to the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability for day-to-day direction on work schedule, tasks and assignments;
4. Responsible for the following deliverables to the City of Atlanta:
  • Energy Secure Cities Coalition (ESCC) reporting on fleet transition status for Atlanta,
  • Collection of data from other ESCC cities as they begin their fleet transitions,
  • Coordination of quarterly webinars or conference call to provide an opportunity for sharing     lessons learned with all ESCC city participants, and
  • Sharing ideas for greater engagement with the City of Atlanta and Mayor Reed such as:
    • Speaking opportunities
    • Potential corporate partners
    • Potential ESCC program funders
For more details or to send a resume and cover contact with “Technical Advisor” in the subject line. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so early submission is recommended. SAFE will contact only those applicants it wishes to interview.
5. "Final Rule" Updating the Salary and Compensation Levels to Take Effect December 1st

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations, which will automatically extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers within the first year of implementation.

The Final Rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for Executive, Administrative and Professional workers to be exempt. Specifically, the Final Rule:

Sets the standard salary level at the 40th percentile of earnings of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census Region, currently the South ($913 per week; $47,476 annually for a full-year worker);

  • Sets the total annual compensation requirement for highly compensated employees (HCE) subject to a minimal duties test to the annual equivalent of the 90th percentile of full-time salaried workers nationally ($134,004); and
  • Establishes a mechanism for automatically updating the salary and compensation levels every three years to maintain the levels at the above percentiles and to ensure that they continue to provide useful and effective tests for exemption.
  • Additionally, the Final Rule amends the salary basis test to allow employers to use nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) to satisfy up to 10 percent of the new standard salary level.

The effective date of the final rule is December 1, 2016. The initial increases to the standard salary level (from $455 to $913 per week) and HCE total annual compensation requirement (from $100,000 to $134,004 per year) will be effective on that date. Future automatic updates to those thresholds will occur every three years, beginning on January 1, 2020.

For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor website.

6. Georgia Trend Magazine: Sustainable Georgia: Collecting Water

Due to the sheer number of our river miles, outdoor recreation involving streams, lakes and beaches forms one of the cornerstones of our blockbuster tourism industry. Nearly every county can claim scenic waterways – some 15 established water trails are highlighted by the Georgia River Network, with another 17 in the works.

But clean water is vital for more than tourism – as evidenced by the continuing news out of Flint, Michigan, and the spectacle of that state utterly failing to provide basic services to residents in a way we are more used to seeing in the Third World.

Read more in the June 2016 Issue of Georgia Trend.

7. Paddle GA 2016 Calhoun Street Party, End of Paddle GA Fish Fry & Duck Race - Open to the Public!

Coosa River Basin Initiative is welcoming more than 400 paddlers to the upper Coosa River basin June 18-24 for Georgia River Network's Paddle Georgia 2016, a 7-day, 103-mile journey on the Conasauga and Oostanaula Rivers. 

Included in the week of fun is a street party and canoe tug-o-war contest in downtown Calhoun on June 22 at 6 p.m. and a fish fry feast at Heritage Park in downtown Rome on June 24. Tickets for the Fish Fry are available until June 20th. The public is invited to participate in each event.

Find out more at the Coosa River Basin Initiative Street Party event site.

While at the fish fry join Georgia River Network for their first ever Duck Race! Cast rubber ducks into the Oostanaula River, where the ducks will race down the river, speeding towards the finish line. The winner's adoptive parents will win a prize of $250 and a free Paddle Georgia 2017 registration*! This family-fun race is open to all of Rome's citizens, not just those on Paddle Georgia! Ducks start at just $5, you can adopt your ducks and find out more at the Duck Race event page.

*Meals and special shuttle not included.

8. Perfect Outreach Project Training Workshop
When: August 9th
Where: Plaza Conference Room - Chattahoochee Nature Center
Cost: $30 ticket includes lunch

On time, on budget, on message. So easy to say. So hard to do. In this training series, you will learn how outreach projects can go wrong -- and how to reduce your risk of a self-inflicted disappointment. The Perfect Outreach Project series provides a practical introduction to the art and science of "project management" -- leading teams of people to successful outreach outcomes.  
  • Part 1. Constructive Committees & Securing Signoffs. Study the hilarious example of the worst outreach project ever -- and what mistakes caused the committee to tie themselves up in frustrating knots. Then you will learn how your team can work together to avoid the same fate.
  • Part 2. "Role" Up Your Sleeves. "Role" with the Punches. Don’t do it all yourself! Get the most out of the people on your team -- and learn where to find people who have the skills that you need at a price you can afford. Even if that that price is “free.”
  • Part 3. Chickens and Eggs. Overwhelmed by deadlines? There’s a cure for that. In this session, you will get tips for breaking big projects into manageable pieces. And you will learn what to say to secure cooperation from whomever is holding you up.

Sponsored by Georgia River Network, Water Words that Work and the Chattahoochee Nature Center.

Learn more and register at the Perfect Outreach Training Project Workshop website.

9. Fall Float on the Flint Registration Opens July 1st

Join Georgia River Network and Flint Riverkeeper on Columbus Day weekend for a voyage down the Flint River that would fill Christopher Columbus with envy.
Travel 56 miles from Albany to Bainbridge taking in the best of the Flint - beautiful blue hole springs, lively rapids, rich history, abundant wildlife and more! Fashioned after the annual week-long Paddle Georgia events, paddlers will tent camp on the river two nights at Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat. Participants will enjoy catered meals, educational programs and great camaraderie while they make their way down one of Georgia's most beautiful rivers during a beautiful time of year.
To learn more visit the Fall Float on the Flint event page.

10. Free Blue Trails Guide Webinar - Build Support for Your Cause through Storytelling 
When: Tuesday, June 14th at 1 pm ET
Presenter: Sinjin Eberle, American Rivers
Please join us for a free 30 minute webinar on “Building support for your cause through storytelling.” It’s proven that people remember stories, not facts alone. This is an opportunity for you to learn how to tell your story in a way that builds support for your cause.
Tune in and learn the answers to these questions:
• What should you consider when developing creative storytelling messaging?
• What are key ideas that will help you determine what story you will tell?
• What are the best ways to share your story with your audience?
Who should attend:
    • Nonprofits organizations
    • Governmental entities ,
    • Anyone who wants to learn how to tell their story in a way that will build support for their cause

Visit the Blue Trails Guide Webinar site to register today!

11. Hog Marsh Island Paddler, Savannah Rapids Paddler, and Rivers Island Paddler

Hog Marsh Island Paddler

When: Thursday, Jun 16, 2016
Where: Houlihan Landing (map)

Join Savannah Riverkeeper in this paddle leaving from Houlihan Landing, heading up river to encircle Hog Marsh Island, and possibly head into the Middle or even Little Back River if time allows. ~4 miles with just a trip around the island and back.

Savannah Rapids Paddler

When: Friday, Jun 24, 2016
Where: Savannah Rapids dock (map)

Join Savannah Riverkeeper on this paddle from Savannah Rapids dock to North Augusta Boat Ramp. Please expect approximately 1.5 hrs for the trip. Please arrange for your own ride or vehicle to be waiting at the takeout.

Rivers Island Paddler

When: Friday, Jul 8, 2016
Where: Rivers Island dock (map)

Join Savannah Riverkeeper in this paddle from Rivers Island dock. 

For more information and to register for these events visit the Savannah Riverkeeper's event page.

12. Etowah River Paddle: Floyd's Landing to Euharlee

When: Monday, Jun 20, 2016\
Where: Etowah River near Euharlee (map)

Join Coosa River Basin Initiative on this 7-mile paddle that shows off some of Bartow County's best Native American fish weirs, beautiful riverside springs and even a massive coal-fired power plant as the Etowah winds through a corridor filled with history. 

Find out more and register at Coosa River Basin Initiative's event page.

13. Chestatee River Paddle

When: Sat, June 25, 11am – 8pm
Where: Chesatee River

Paddle the Chestatee River and the former home of the Cherokee with the Chattahoochee Riverkeepers! You'll start in the remote and beautiful stretch of Yahoola Creek which flows into the most popular stretch of the Chestatee, down to the the take out at Hwy 400. This trip is beginner friendly with gentle rapids, 8.5 miles or about 4 hours, with a picnic lunch stop in route. Single seat boats only due to creek size.

For more information visit:

14. Satilla River Paddle (Members Only)

When: Sat, June 25, 11am – 3pm

Join Coastal Wildscapes along the black waters of the Satilla River with Ashby Nix the Satilla Riverkeeper. You will need to provide your own canoe or kayak. 

Space is limited to 15 active members. To register, visit the Satilla River Paddle event page.

15. Panola Shoals Paddle

When: Sat, June 25, 12pm – 5pm
Where: Panola Shoals, HWY 155 at Panola Road (map)

Join South River Watershed Alliance for a 6.5 mile paddle trip from Panola Shoals to Klondike Road in DeKalb County. 

Cost is $45 and includes cost of canoe, insurance, and lunch.

Go to the Panola Shoals Paddle event site for more information.

16. Lower Oconee Hidden Gem Paddle and Campout - Registration Now Open!

Spend a weekend exploring the up-and-coming Lower Oconee Water Trail on the Fall Line of middle Georgia on Sept 17-18! Join Georgia River NetworkAltamaha Riverkeeper, and the Lower Oconee Water Trail Partnership for the Lower Oconee Hidden Gem Paddle & Campout in Milledgeville, GA! 
Bring your friends and family ~ Beginners welcome ~ No paddling experience necessary!

~~The event will include:
Lunch * Games * Festive Low Country Boil dinner * Live music * Camping * Hot breakfast * Presentations along the route ranging from flora/fauna, water health, and river cleanups to cultural history and visual & performing arts...
~~We will be paddling:
Near the sites of revolution-era forts * Through antebellum shipping routes * In the habitat of bald eagles, osprey, kingfishers, river otters, alligator gar, and blossoming Cherokee Rose.

We'd also like to give a huge THANK YOU to all of our sponsors:
Taylor Services of GeorgiaOconee OutfittersBlackbird CoffeeTent-Sational Events, Inc., and Lockerly Arboretum!

17. Georgia Adopt-A-Stream's Suggestions for Protecting Your Georgia Stream

Want to learn about ways to help protect the stream in your backyard or community?

Here you'll find information on Georgia streams, lakes, wetlands and coastal waters, with links to resources and materials to learn more about the backyard stream protection information covered in this brochure.

See the full brochure at Georgia Adopt-A-Stream's site.

18. Sierra Club Now Accepting Applications for Summer Grassroots Training (SPROG)

SPROG (Summer Grassroots Training Program) is a week-long organizer training run by the Sierra Student Coalition. Youth who attend will spend a week in an intensive crash course on grassroots organizing, from campaign planning to media work, facilitation strategy, leadership skills, and more.  SPROG also has a strong emphasis on anti-oppression and environmental justice. SPROG is run entirely by young folks, mostly college-age and recent graduates, and it's open to anyone between age 14 and 28.

There are three SPROGs being offered in the US this year, and one in Puerto Rico:

Follow the links for participant and scholarship applications! 
The general application deadline is
May 16th
, but we will be accepting rolling applications through July.

19. EPA's Guide for Conducting Watershed Outreach Campaigns

EPA's Watershed Academy has an online training module on "Getting In Step: A Guide to Conducting Watershed Outreach Campaigns." This module offers a tested step-by-step system to help local governments, watershed organizations and others maximize the effectiveness of public outreach campaigns to help solve non-point source pollution problems and protect local waterways. The module is based on EPA's free, downloadable outreach guide "Getting in Step: Guide for Conducting Watershed Outreach Campaigns."

20. Patagonia Accepting Applications for Grassroots Environmental Campaigns

Patagonia funds only environmental work. They are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because they believe that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum, their funding focuses on organizations that create a strong base of citizen support.

Application Procedure

Patagonia accepts one proposal per group, per fiscal year (May 1st – April 30th). Our average grant size is between $7,000 - $12,000.

  • If your work is located near one of our retail stores, your proposal will be reviewed by store employees. Their stores accept proposals on a rolling basis, throughout the year. 

  • If your work is not located near one of their retail stores, your proposal will be reviewed by an employee Grants Council at their company headquarters. 

  • Deadline for this process: 
    August 31 (all applications received in August will receive a response by the end of January)

For more information and to apply visit Patagonia.

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