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Georgia River Network News Stream
May 2013

News
1.    GRN's Etowah River User's Guide Book Launch
2.    Georgia River Network/Turner Foundation Grant Program
3.    Take the 2013 Paddle Challenge
4.    Satilla has a new Riverkeeper: Ashby Nix!
5.    River Vacations to Take This Summer!
6.    Enter GRN’s Photo Contest in May: Creative Ways to Conserve Water!
7.    Rivers Alive 2013 Registration is Now Open
8.    Coosa River Basin Initiative: Job Posting

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
9.    Coosa River Basin Initiative Pig, Paddle and Party
10.    May’s Hidden Gem Paddle: Behind the Scenes of Atlanta’s Work Horse: the Chattahoochee
11.    11th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival
12.    Broad River Watershed Association Shoal Lily Float
13.    Celebrate the Oconee River - with Altamaha Riverkeeper
14.    South River Paddle

Nonprofit Resources
15.    FAQ: Keeping Volunteers
16.    Are You Spending Your Time at Work the Way You Want?

Fundraising Deadlines
17.    New Grant Opportunities

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1.    GRN's Etowah River User's Guide Book Launch

The Georgia Center for the Book will host a book launch event for our new Etowah River User’s Guide book on May 21st at 7:15pm in the Decatur Library Auditorium, as part of the Decatur Arts Festival. The event will feature a presentation by the Guide’s author, Joe Cook, a book signing, and the new guidebook will be available for sale. You can find more information at the Georgia Center for the Book website.

2.    Georgia River Network/Turner Foundation Grant Program
Thanks to a grant from the Turner Foundation, Georgia River Network is pleased to offer grants for watershed work by grassroots river groups in Georgia to directly impact -  through advocacy, campaigns, on the ground project implementation, or legal work - high priority problems causing water quality degradation, impaired instream flows and/or inefficient use of water.  Grants will range from $2,000 to $10,000.  Up to $40,000 will be awarded to grassroot river groups through the grant program.  Deadline for applications: May 24, 2013.  Funds will be disbursed to grantees in late June.  Projects must be completed by May 1 of 2014. Click here for more information about the grants program, or contact Debra Tate at 706-549-4508.

3.    Take the 2013 Paddle Challenge
Georgia River Network is encouraging river lovers to celebrate Georgia’s rivers – from wild places to urban waterways – by taking 13 people paddling in 2013 who might not otherwise go on their own. To join the list of paddlers participating, send an email to gwyneth@garivers.org with your name and address to sign up. When you have successfully completed the challenge of taking 13 people paddling on Georgia’s rivers, who otherwise would not go on their own, send in documentation including photos, stories, videos and/or poems about the rivers you explored and with whom.

4.    Satilla has a new Riverkeeper: Ashby Nix!
Satilla Riverkeeper has a new full time Riverkeeper!  The Board of Directors of the Satilla Riverwatch Alliance, Inc. selected Ashby Nix as the third Satilla Riverkeeper and Executive Director.  Ashby has a background in aquatic ecology and coastal wetlands, experience in leadership, and a strong interest in applying her enthusiasm for the environment toward protecting, restoring, and educating about the beautiful and ecologically unique Satilla River. Congratulations, Ashby!

5.    River Vacations to Take This Summer!
Millions of miles of rivers and streams flow across America, why not vacation at a river you’ve never met this summer?

Click here for some suggestions of America’s most visit-able rivers. 

6.    Enter GRN’s Photo Contest in May: Creative Ways to Conserve Water!
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. This month we want to see photos of the creative way(s) you’ve seen someone conserving water OR the way you conserve water! Email submissions to Gwyneth@garivers.org.

7.    Rivers Alive 2013 Registration is Now Open
It's that time of year again! Organizers, head on over to the Rivers Alive registration page to register your cleanup.

Remember:
•    Register before July 31st to be eligible for free t-shirts and promotional materials
•    Select cleanup categories to help determine award winners
•    And most important, enter your cleanup information to share your successes!
The Rivers Alive website offers many resources to help you organize and promote a safe and fun cleanup! Check out the homepage for links to five tools for organizers as well as the Organizer's page for a FAQ guide and checklists to help your event run smoothly.

8.    Coosa River Basin Initiative: Job Posting
The Coosa River Basin Initiative based in Rome, Georgia seeks an Executive Director with an established track record of success in managing staff, fundraising and environmental advocacy. The Executive Director has primary responsibility for all aspects of the organization, manages a four-person staff and reports to a volunteer board of directors. Click here for more information about CRBI and the position.

9.    Coosa River Basin Initiative Pig, Paddle and Party
Help CRBI construct a much needed boat ramp and parking area on the Etowah River at US 411 near Kingston in Bartow County by attending the Pig Paddle & Party Sunday, May 19, at the home of Todd & Dale Carroll. The event features a 6-mile paddle on the Etowah, barbecue dinner from Johnny Mitchell's Smokehouse, beer from North Georgia Distributing, wine from Cosentino Winery and a kayak raffle courtesy of Cedar Creek Park and River City Bank. Canoes and kayaks provided! A limited number of tickets are available. LEARN MORE AND RESERVE YOUR SPACE ON THIS FUN EVENT NOW!

10.    May’s Hidden Gem Paddle: Behind the Scenes of Atlanta’s Work Horse: the Chattahoochee
Get Ready for the Chattahoochee Hidden Gems Paddle! Join Georgia River Network, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Keeping it Wild, and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper for this exciting opportunity! Take a behind the scenes look at the work horse of Atlanta with not only an awe-inspiring presentation about this sections history - but also fascinating presentations on the wildlife that resides here and ways that you can get involved in water quality monitoring and river cleanups in your community.

When: Saturday, May 18th, 8AM – 5PM
Where: Chattahoochee River in Southwest Metro Atlanta (The stretch we are paddling is 13.1 miles and has beginner class 1 rapids.)
Cost:     
     $50 ~ Includes Boat Rental, Lunch, and ACA Insurance ($35 kids- 18 and under)
     $25 ~ Includes Lunch and ACA Insurance, Bring your own Boat
     $15 ~ Includes ACA Insurance, Bring your own Boat and Lunch

REGISTER HERE for GOOD TIMES!

11.    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 FOR THE RIVER RACE!

BACK TO THE CHATTAHOOCHEE EVENT PAGE

12.    Broad River Watershed Association Shoal Lily Float
When: Saturday, May 18, 9:30 AM
Where: Broad River campground on Highway 79

The Broad River Watershed Association will host a canoe float to view the rare shoal lily along the lower section of the Broad River between highway 17 and highway 79 at the mouth of Clarks Hill Lake.  

The trip will go from  Highway 17 to Highway 79 in Elbert, Wilkes, and Lincoln Counties.  The float trip ends around 4 pm depending on water levels.

Anyone interested should contact Jean Smith at 706-340-3187 or 706-783-2308.  Bring your own canoe or reserve one with Michael Moody at the Broad River Outpost, 706-795-3242.
 
Bring your own lunch and water, and wear sturdy shoes.  Parking costs $4 per car at the campground. Canoe rental is $20 (includes canoe, paddle, and life vest)

More information can be found on the web at www.facebook.com/brwageorgia or www.brwa.org

13.    Celebrate the Oconee River with Altamaha Riverkeeper
When: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Where: Big Dogs on the River, 2525 Atlanta Highway, Athens
Description: Join the Altamaha Riverkeeper for a paddle on the Middle Oconee with local outfitter Big Dogs on the River. $25 suggested donation includes kayak, shuttle, party, and music. After the paddle, join ARK for music, food, fun, and conversation with fellow river-enthusiasts. $10 for party only.
RSVP: cor@altamahariverkeeper.org  or 912-437-8164
Details: www.altamahariverkeeper.org

14.    South River Paddle
What: South River Watershed Alliance South River Paddle
When: Saturday, May 18th, 9 AM-1 PM
A few reasons why you should sign up for the South River Paddle:
•    Visit a wildlife corridor
•    Birds, birds, birds
•    Wildlife and more
•    Nature at its best
•    Get in touch with your natural side
•    Discover nature close to home
•    Find your passion
•    Lean about South River from a certified naturalist
 
Last year more than 135 canoeist and kayakers paddled the South River.  Don’t miss this opportunity to experience South River for yourself!  
 
Prior canoeing experience is not necessary.  Canoeists should be in good physical condition and able to paddle for an extended period.  We will put in at Panola Shoals, at the intersection of Snapfinger Road (Hwy 155) and Panola Road, at 9:00 a.m. and take out at Klondike Road at the Rockdale County line at about 1:00 p.m. The 5.5 mile trip takes approximately four hours and is an excellent way to have great fun, meet new people, and make new friends.
Cost of the trip is $30 per person which covers the cost of canoe rental, insurance, and lunch. Space is very limited and is provided on a first come first serve basis. Payment is required to reserve space. Contact Jackie Echols via email at southriverwatershedalliance@gmail.com or call 404-285-3756 if you have questions.
 
15.    FAQ: Keeping Volunteers
Each month Jesslyn Shields, our Watershed Support Coordinator, answers an organizational development question she gets asked a lot.  Click here to read her answer to a question about holding on to volunteers.

16.    Are You Spending Your Time at Work the Way You Want?
Who doesn't want to identify inefficiencies, manage your time better, and increase your output? This app can help!

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


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