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1. Georgia Water Coalition - Dirty Dozen Report
The Georgia Water Coalition has just released its annual Dirty Dozen report highlighting 12 of the worst offenses to Georgia’s waters. View the report  and go here if you want to take action on these issues.

2. Broad River Water Trail Canoe Launch Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The Broad River Watershed Association is sponsoring the first public canoe launch in the northern section of the Broad River. Briar's Landing, at the Highway 72 bridge in Madison County, will be part of the 70 mile long Broad River Water Trail, from Franklin County to Lincoln County. The safe, convenient river access provided by Briar's Landing will allow local residents and out of town visitors to float a stretch of riverbetween Highway 172 and Highway 77. Briar’s Landing is a facility of the Madison County Recreation Department. 

Briar's Landing is named in memory of Briar Newsome, a 15 year old Oglethorpe County boy who loved the Broad River and the outdoor world he discovered there. It is our hope that the boats launched from Briar's Landing will introduce future generations to the joys of floating a river.

GRN provided BRWA intensive water trail technical assistance in 2013 to help develop the trail located in Northeast GA. We are so proud of their progress!

The ribbon cutting will take place November 30 at 11am. Click the link for more details and to RSVP Learn more about the BRWT at

3. Ripple Effect Film Project - Call For Submissions
The Ripple Effect Film Project is a Georgia statewide film contest. The theme this year is “ocean connections,” and as you’ll see in the attached information, that theme covers many important environmental topics. 
The film contest is for filmmakers of all ages and abilities. Make sure to spread the word and submit your own project - the deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017!

For more information here are the event details as well as a flyer

4. 2017 Georgia Water Resources Conference 
When: April 19-20, 2017
Where: The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
Since its inception in 1989, the biennial Georgia Water Resources Conference has provided an open forum for the discussion of water policies and management strategies as well as the results of research and technical studies. Proposals for panels and sessions for the conference next April are currently being accepted. If you would like to organize a block of coordinated speakers or a panel discussion, please describe your idea by clicking the "Propose a Session" link on the website. The deadline for these proposals is 5pm, December 1, 2016.

If you would not like to lead a session, you can still put forth the topics you would like to see covered as session topics or plenaries. There is a short web form at the conference website where you can mention what water issues you feel are most important to Georgia now and in the future. Please visit the “Have a 2017 topic?” link at the website to share your ideas.

Abstract submission and conference registration links will be live, soon. As always, we thank you for your support of, and participation in, the 2017 Georgia Water Resources Conference.

5. Coastal Conservation in Action: Choosing to Lead Conference 
When: January 7, 2017 
Where: Jekyll Island, GA
Make plans to join One Hundred Miles on Jekyll Island on Saturday, January 7th, for a full day of interactive workshops, engaging panel discussions, and a keynote address by OCEARCH Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader Chris Fischer.

One Hundred Miles' vision came from the idea that while advocates come in all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds, the very idea of advocacy - of standing up for something you believe in - can sometimes be a scary thing. But if we want to truly protect and preserve this amazing place, we need an army of champions who share their passion in every way possible. And we need to build a broad tent that doesn't exclude different approaches and builds upon our collective strengths. 
So on January 7th, One Hundred Miles is bringing together volunteers, students, artists, faith-based leaders, educators, elected officials, and others in celebration of Georgia's coastal resources and the power of individual action. Whether you're a writer, historical preservationist, wildlife or cleanup volunteer, hunter or fisherman, a concerned member of your local neighborhood group, or anything in between - if you love Georgia's one-of-a-kind coast, this conference is for YOU!
Check out the conference workshops and schedule. The full slate of presenters and conference sponsors will be posted soon. Register HERE!

6. Nominations Open for 2017 River Hero Awards
River Network created the River Hero Award in 2001 to recognize and celebrate people whose efforts to protect and restore their local waters have been extraordinary in scope, scale, impact and heart. River Heroes are nominated by peers, selected by peers and celebrated by peers at the annual River Rally.
The nomination period lasts from November 18, 2016 - January 20, 2017.  To nominate someone for a 2017 River Hero award:
1. Visit our River Heroes Page.
3. Click the 'submit a river hero nomination' button.
4. Fill out the nomination form, including:
    Attach: 1 nomination letter
    Attached: 3 letters of recommendation 
    Nomination forms missing any of these items will not be considered.
5. Click 'submit' at the bottom of the form.
    Questions regarding the nomination process? Please contact Victoria Yu at
7. Protecting and Restoring Flows in Our Southeastern Rivers: A Synthesis of State Policies for Water Security and Sustainability
River Network recently released "Protecting and Restoring Flows in Our Southeastern Rivers: A Synthesis of State Policies for Water Security and Sustainability" a new report that looks at a comprehensive set of policies for reducing and mitigating the stresses on southeastern river flows. The report covers 15 policies starting with the scientific foundations of water budgets; moves to withdrawal management, planning, and flow protection policies; then demand management policies; and finally policies related to the built environment. The report synthesizes the status of these policies in five Southeastern states – Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee – and offers recommendations and models for how these policies can be strengthened.

8. Department of Agriculture: Solid Waste Management Grant
This program supports projects to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources in rural areas, and to improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas. Applications will be accepted from October 1 through December 31 of each calendar year.  Learn more from the grant website at the Department of Agriculture

9. Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in cooperation with EPA, is soliciting applications for the 2017 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program. This program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. Priority will be given to projects that advance water quality goals in environmental justice communities. The Five Star and Urban Waters program will award approximately $2.5 million in grants nationwide.  
Applications deadline is January 21, 2017.  Learn more about this program HERE.     

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