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April 2014
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Georgia River Network News Stream
April 2014


News
1.    Thanks for Making Weekend for Rivers a Success!
2.    Help Paddle Georgia's Youth Program WIth a Simple "Like"
3.    GRN Now Hiring Executive Director
4.    GRN Turner Re-Grants 2014 – RFP COMING SOON!
5.    Georgia Water Wire - SB213's Passage
6.    Meet Coosa River Basin Initiative’s New Executive Director
7.    Proctor Creek Coordinator Job Opening
8.    2014 Hidden Gems Paddles
9.    Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint
10.    14 in 14 Challenge
11.    New EPA Rules: Getting Clear About Clean Water
12.    KEEN Shoe Sales Benefit River Cleanups


Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
13.    Earthfest—Athens!
14.    Where the Water Goes 2014 Outing Series
15.    South River Watershed Alliance Earth Day Cleanup
16.    Budweiser - Made in America Service Day - Athens
17.    Osprey Pint Night – Athens

River Group Spotlight
18.    Soque River Watershed Alliance

Nonprofit Resources
19.     FAQ: Financial Controls
20.    Onboarding New Staff

Fundraising Deadlines
21.    Grant Opportunities

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1.     Thanks for Making Weekend for Rivers a Success!
Weekend for Rivers, GRN’s annual conference and river celebration, was held April 5-6 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell.  173 people—a new attendance record!--joined us for a weekend of conversation, partying and paddling the gorgeous Chattahoochee.  We appreciate all the speakers, volunteers, and friends—new and old—who gathered to celebrate Georgia’s rivers together and make Weekend for Rivers a success!  Thanks again to our River Celebration Award winners for making a difference for Georgia's rivers, and a big thanks to the Chattahoochee Nature Center for hosting us again!

If you weren’t able to attend Weekend for Rivers 2014, save the date for next year:  April 11-12!

Thanks to our sponsors!
Chattahoochee Nature Center, Patagonia, Stormwater Systems, Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Flint Riverkeeper, American Rivers, GreenLaw, Southern Environmental Law Center, Georgia Wildlife Federation, Fish Action Response Team, Barefoot Wine, Upper Oconee Watershed Network, The RainBarrel Depot, Broad River Watershed Association, Hike Inn, Upper Etowah River Alliance, Coosa River Basin Initiative, Environment Georgia, Satilla Riverkeeper, Ogeechee Riverkeeper, Savannah Riverkeeper, Jittery Joe’s Coffee, Sweetwater Brewing Company

2.    Help Paddle Georgia's Youth Program WIth a Simple "Like"
We need your 'LIKE' for the PADDLE GEORGIA YOUTH PROGRAM! The project with the most LIKES OVER THE NEXT 100 days will win $1,000 in funding! Please share this with your friends, family, co-workers!
 
100 Outdoor Nation projects in 100 days! Be sure to "like" your favorites—the project with the most will win an additional $1,000 in funding!

#9.
Paddle Georgia Youth Program
Location: Athens, GA

Ripple Effect brought urban youth along on the Paddle Georgia event, the largest week-long, volunteer-driven paddling event in the nation. In addition to learning paddling skills, Ripple Effect participants camped for the week and learned about healthy rivers. After the trip, the participants continued to meet up to paddle with friends and family. 426 people participated, including 62 youth and each spent 146 hours outside. In total, 42,600 hours were spent outside and active.

Thanks for your support!

3.    GRN Now Hiring Executive Director
Executive Director, April Ingle, will be leaving GRN in July to start a consulting business. Read April's announcement here. GRN is now accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. Click here for the job announcement.

4.    GRN Turner Re-Grants 2014 – RFP COMING SOON!
Stay tuned for the 2014 Request for Proposals for GRN’s Turner Re-Grants – the Request for Proposals will be posted next week and proposals will be due May 23rd. Check www.garivers.org for updates!

5.    Georgia Water Wire - SB213's Passage
SB 213 – which revised the Flint River Drought Protection Act (2000) and now awaits the Governor’s signature – will now provide exactly what the bill’s sponsors and the Environmental Protection Division have said they have desired for almost two years: the ability to protect augmented flows in order to protect vulnerable aquatic life in specific areas of the Flint River basin.

Visit the Georgia Water Wire at gawaterwire.wordpress.com to read the rest of this post.

6.    Meet Coosa River Basin Initiative’s New Executive Director
CRBI has named David Tucker as its new Executive Director! A Floyd County schools teacher and administrator since 1985, he is retiring as the principal at Model Middle School this year and will join CRBI full time in July. David brings to the organization a proven track record of fundraising and executive management. Though David is a career educator, his background is in biology and he is excited to return to his "roots" to help protect North America's most biologically unique river system. Congrats, CRBI!

7.    Proctor Creek Coordinator Job Opening
American Rivers is working with Park Pride to develop a coordinated voice for the restoration of the Proctor Creek watershed and  neighborhoods.  Their next step is to create a Proctor Creek Coordinator position to help facilitate dialog and coordination between the many organizations and community groups/members working to improve environmental and social conditions in the Proctor Creek watershed. Find out more about the job opening here.

8.    2014 Hidden Gems Paddles
Enjoy four different occasions to rediscover some of the hidden gems on Georgia’s waterways. Each river trip will include lunch and presentations along the route, ranging from natural history and water quality testing to cultural history and river cleanups.

•    Ogeechee River - May 10
Secrets of South Georgia’s Tea-Colored Waters & White Barking Sands

Click here to register for the Ogeechee Hidden Gems paddle.

•    Oconee River - August 23
Bobbin through Remnants of the Oconee’s Historic Timeworn Textile Mills

•    Chattahoochee River - September 13
From Derelict Dams to Recreational Whitewater - Adventure on a Revitalized River in Columbus

•    Satilla River - November 15
Giant Magnolia’s and Burnt Forts - a Glimpse of the Satilla’s Unique Past

Register and learn more at www.garivers.org!

9.    Paddle Georgia Fall Float
Join Georgia River Network Columbus Day weekend 2014 for a voyage on the Flint River that would fill Christopher Columbus with envy. Oct. 10-13, we’ll travel 70 miles on the Flint 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 our annual week-long Paddle Georgia events, we’ll tent camp at Chehaw Park and on the river two nights at Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat. Like our annual summer adventure, we’ll enjoy catered meals, educational programs and great camaraderie as we make our way down one of Georgia’s most beautiful rivers during a beautiful time of year. Tent camping only with limited options for indoor camping. Registration for this event will begin April 15.  Visit www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia/fallfloat.html for more information.

10.    14 in 14 Challenge
Georgia River Network is challenging Georgians to get out and protect, restore, learn about, recreate and volunteer on Georgia’s rivers by attending 14 river related events in 2014. Watershed groups throughout the state offer a variety of experiences such as family friendly paddling trips, river hikes, watershed workshops, conferences, river clean ups, water quality monitoring opportunities, and advocacy events, all of which qualify to fulfill the Challenge. The goal is to promote Georgia’s growing movement in river restoration, protection, and engagement.  Get outside, get active and get involved in river and watershed protection, restoration and engagement opportunities with friends and family. To learn more, visit http://garivers.org/news/440-grn-challenge.html

11.    New EPA Rules: Getting Clear About Clean Water
We all count on clean water to survive. And yet, many rivers that provide our drinking water supplies are fed by small, seasonal streams and creeks that haven't been reliably protected from pollution by the Clean Water Act. Nor have many wetlands that are vital to a healthy river ecosystem.

Why? Several court decisions in recent years have muddied the waters about where the Clean Water Act applies. New long-awaited draft rules from EPA promise to help clear that up and to keep our water cleaner.

"This will be an important chance for anyone who values clean water to take action to ensure that the Clean Water Act fully protects our health and our rivers," said Merritt Frey, River Network's Habitat Program Director.

You can learn more about the draft rules by visiting EPA's website or by watching this video interview with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Public comment will be open for 90 days. Go to the River Network website for details on how you can get involved!


12.    KEEN Shoe Sales Benefit River Cleanups
Until April 30, Keen is donating $5 for every pair of KEEN.CNX shoes sold from 80 participating retailers to River Network. This donation will also help fund 14 river clean ups across the US, from the Duwamish to the Chattahoochee.

"KEEN is a great partner and we're excited to see the positive impacts the cleanups will have on our nation's rivers," said Nicole Silk, president of River Network. "Beyond removing tons of trash and debris, programs like this help get new volunteers involved and inspired to make an on-going difference in their communities.”

Here's how you can help, including a list of participating retailers!

13.    Earthfest—Athens!
When: April 24, 5-7pm
Where: Terrapin Brewery in Athens, GA
Georgia River Network and Upper Oconee Watershed Network are partnering for the 2nd annual EARTHFEST 2014. Come learn about upcoming events and ways to get involved from these eco-friendly local non-profits: SORBA, Broad River Watershed Assoc., State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, GA Climate Change Coalition, Environmental Law Association, UGA Environmental Health Science Club, Bike Athens, Oconee River Audubon Society, ACC Leisure Services, Oconee River Land Trust, Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission, Keep Athens Clarke County Beautiful, Georgia Bikes, UGA Office of Sustainability, UGA Students for Environmental Action, and Athens Farmers Market!

14.    Where the Water Goes 2014 Outing Series
In a comprehensive outing series, Atlanta's Keeping It Wild is partnering with fellow non-profits EcoAddendum and South River Watershed Alliance in raising awareness about our precious water resources and the intricate systems that connect them all together. Each outing features unique points of interest, including little-known natural gems in the Atlanta-metro area, beautiful canoeing opportunities, old growth trees and rare-species habitat, camping on a river sandbar, Gullah-Geechee cultural history and rich Georgia woodlands and coastal environments.

Outings will take place between April and September, 2014. Click here for more information.

15.    South River Watershed Alliance Earth Day Cleanup
SRWA will celebrate Earth's big day in a big way on Saturday, April 26, by hosting a multi- site cleanup of the South River at Panola Shoals, the Everett Property, Constitution Lakes, and Panthersville Road.    SRWA will also help neighborhoods in south DeKalb County organize their own cleanup along major South River tributaries.  Find out more and register here.

16.    Budweiser - Made in America Service Day - Athens
April 19 –Join GRN, UOWN and Athens Clarke County Leisure Services for the Budweiser- Made in America Service Day Project River Clean Up and Invasive Plant Removal at Dudley Park. An after-party will be held with social after party at Dirty Birds from 4:30-6:30pm. Register here!

17.    Osprey Pint Night – Athens
Half-Moon will be offering Terrapin beer to shoppers for a donation to GRN, giving out free pint glasses and raffling off other freebies like Osprey and Half-Moon packs, hats, tees, etc. GRN staff will have a table at the event. Half-Moon Outfitters Athens store - 1225 S. Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605

18.    River Group Spotlight: Soque River Watershed Alliance
SRWA has had a rough spring! On March 5th at 11pm a fire broke out a restaurant located directly behind their Clarkesville office. By 11:45 their building was engulfed in flames. Fortunately, for a few minutes in between they had time to run into the office and retrieve their computers and a few pieces of art. Since then it's been a mad dash to getting up and running again. They have a new found an office space in a great location right around the corner from where we'd been 1387 Washington Street. If you’d like to help out or find out what else they need, call 706-754-9382.

19.    FAQ: Financial Controls
Each month, our staff answers one of our more frequently asked questions.  This one’s from our archives: our Watershed Support Coordinator Jesslyn Shields answers a question a lot of people ask us: “What’s the best way to set up our organization’s finances?”  See Jesslyn’s answer here.

20.    Onboarding New Staff
In the non-profit world, new hires are expected to hit the ground running. But if you've been one of those new hires, you might remember how hard it is to get moving while you settle into your new workplace. Here are some tips on onboarding new staff.

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

North Face's 2014 Explore Fund
The North Face's 2014 Explore Fund™ grant-giving program is now accepting applications!  The Explore Fund aims to inspire and enable the next generation of explorers by supporting organizations that connect children with nature.
In 2014, The Explore Fund will award 25 grants totaling $250,000.  15 organizations will receive $5,000 and the remaining 10 grants will be awarded based on online voting taking place this summer. The Explore Fund supports organizations that encourage youth outdoor participation, focusing primarily on:
•    creating more connections of children to nature
•    increasing access to both front and backcountry recreation
•    providing experiential education for both personal and environmental health

Deadline: May 1, 2014 - Apply Today!
 
For more information about grant guidelines and selection criteria, please visit the Explore Fund website.



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