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February 2013
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Georgia River Network News Stream
February 2013

1.    Weekend for Rivers Registration is Open!
2.    Paddle Georgia Registration Opened – and then SOLD OUT!
3.    Capitol Conservation Day
4.    Buy Tickets Now: 6th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival
5.    Satilla Riverkeeper Job Announcement
6.    Buffer Win!
7.    GRN Photo Contest
8.    GRN Launches Guidebook Series
9.    Paddle Challenges 2012 and 2013

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
   GRN 4 Seasons Paddles - Save the Date!
11.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Sweep the Hooch
12.    Savannah Riverkeeper Roast on the River
13.    Ogeechee Riverkeeper “At Water’s Edge”
14.    Adopt-A-Stream Confluence 2013
15.    Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable
16.    Evaluating Your Impact Webinar Series
17.    Alabama Water Rally
18.    River Rally 2013

Nonprofit Resources
19.    FAQ: Have a “Slideluck!”
20.    Have Ticket Levels for Fundraising  Events
21.    The Trouble with the “Passion for the Mission”

Fundraising Deadlines
22.    New Grant Opportunities


1.    Weekend for Rivers Registration is Open!
THE MOMENT YOU'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!  Weekend for Rivers 2013 registration is OPEN!

Weekend for Rivers is GRN’s Annual Conference and River Celebration event that gives us all a chance to celebrate Georgia’s unique, beautiful rivers through storytelling, partying and paddling!

Join us April 6-7 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, GA for a weekend of inspiration, education and connections with folks who love Georgia’s rivers as much as you! Click here for more information about the event!

2.    Paddle Georgia Registration Opened – and then SOLD OUT!
Paddle Georgia 2013 will take place on the lower Flint River – from Warwick to Bainbridge – June 15-21, 2013. Click here to get on the wait list. It’s going to be another GREAT trip: Read Joe Cook’s blog about the trip here.

We will also have a limited number of Paddle Georgia Lite 2013 spaces that will be available by invitation only to our supporters, special guests, and by lottery. Paddle Georgia Lite is our abbreviated trip for just the first two days of Paddle Georgia - June 15-16. If you would like to be considered for a Paddle Georgia Lite invitation this year please fill out the request form at this link by April 1, 2013 and we’ll put you in the pool. Invitations will be extended by April 12.

AND, A VERY EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT! Canoe-A-Thon 2013 participants will be eligible for a very special reward for helping us accomplish two important goals of Paddle Georgia - introducing more people to our beautiful rivers and raising more money to protect these precious resources. Canoe-A-Thon 2013 participants who raise at least $200 will be GUARANTEED A SPOT ON PADDLE GEORGIA 2014* by being eligible to register during a special PRIORITY REGISTRATION period before regular open registration begins in Feb. 2014 for Paddle Georgia 2014 – our 10 Year Anniversary Trip and return to the Chattahoochee River where it all began. Click here to learn more about Canoe-A-Thon and sign up for Canoe-A-Thon 2013.

*Be sure to click here and read all the specific rules and policies for Paddle Georgia 2014 Priority Registration. As always, there will be additional fabulous prizes for our top fundraisers.

3.    Georgia Water Coalition’s Capitol Conservation Day
Learn how to advocate for Georgia's waterways at the Georgia Water Coalition's Capitol Conservation Day on Feb. 28. The day begins with the Environmental Legislative Breakfast (7:30 a.m.-9 a.m.) hosted by Georgia Conservation Voters – followed by a legislative briefing on key issues at the General Assembly. The day continues at 10 a.m. with visits to the Capitol to meet your legislator.

We encourage all CRK members to attend all or part of the day's events. Bills to affect clean water already have been dropped, including HB 127, sponsored by Rep. Jay Powell, which will address the redirection of dedicated fees for programs such as the cleaning up of hazardous waste sites.

Click here to buy tickets to the Environmental Legislative Breakfast.

Click here to register (free of charge) for the Legislative Briefing and visits to the Capitol.

4.    Buy Tickets Now: 6th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival
When: Sunday, March 3, 2012
Where: Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest environmental film festival in North America, and 2013 will mark its sixth consecutive year in Atlanta. Each year, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK), Georgia River Network (GRN) and Georgia ForestWatch (GFW) partner to select the best of these award-winning environmental films and bring them to Atlanta in a two-and-a-half-hour program. The program (with a 15-minute intermission) offers a mix of films addressing environmental issues such as energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and waters.

And as a tradition and special treat, our guests can enjoy complimentary SweetWater brews (for patrons 21 and over carrying a valid ID).

Tickets to the Film Fest, on sale now HERE!

5. Satilla Riverkeeper Job Announcement
The Board of Directors of the Satilla Riverwatch Alliance, Inc. seeks an outgoing professional for the combined position of Riverkeeper and Executive Director of Satilla Riverkeeper®, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization licensed by the Waterkeeper Alliance® and located in southeastern Georgia.  The mission of the Satilla Riverkeeper is to protect, restore, and educate about a beautiful and ecologically unique blackwater river, which flows several hundred miles, entering the Atlantic Ocean between Cumberland and Jekyll Islands.  Applications will be reviewed starting March 15, 2013.  A detailed job description with application instructions is available at, or call Colleen Lagoueyte, Chair, Board of Directors, Satilla Riverwatch Alliance, Inc. (912) 281-0895; or Clay Montague, Interim Satilla Riverkeeper and Executive Director (912) 265-5435. 

6.    Buffer Win!
A state court ruled in a case brought by Georgia River Network and American Rivers that all state waters, including wetlands, are protected under Georgia law by a 25 foot buffer, with the exception of trout streams and water supply reservoirs that receive larger buffers and ephemeral streams that receive no buffer.  The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the case on behalf of Georgia River Network and American Rivers.  Read the press release about the buffer win here.

7.    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. Congratulations to Amos Tuck for the winning photo in January! View a slideshow of the January entries on our homepage.

February photo contest theme is "The Love Boat Paddlers".  Click here to learn more and submit your photos.

8.    GRN Launches Guidebook Series
Georgia River Network is excited to announce the Georgia River Network Guidebooks series. The first guidebook in the series, the Etowah River User’s Guide by Joe Cook, will be available this spring and is the first in a series of books to be published by UGA Press in partnership with Georgia River Network. The guidebooks, printed on waterproof paper and ready to go from car seat to canoe seat, will help encourage Georgians to explore and appreciate their rivers and will support efforts to create and sustain water trails in the state. Designed to educate river users, enhance their on-river experiences, and allow them to safely explore the river, each guide will include an introduction and overview of the river, chapters describing each river section with detailed maps and notes on river access and points of interest; a compact natural history guide featuring species of interest found along Georgia’s rivers, notes on safety and boating etiquette, a fishing primer, and notes on organizations working to protect the river.

9.    Paddle Challenges 2012 and 2013
Every year Georgia River Network devises a new challenge, and 2012 was the year to paddle 12 different Georgia rivers!  Over 60 people signed up. Congratulations to the individuals who completed the challenge! Visit to see the rivers they paddled as well as their stories, blogs and photos. In 2013, 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.

Click here to learn more about the Paddle Challenges!

10.    GRN 4 Seasons Paddles - Save the Date!
Join GRN for the 4 Seasons Paddles in 2013!

May 18: Chattahoochee Watershed with West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Keeping it Wild & Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

August 4: Etowah River Paddle and Etowah River User’s Guide Book Launch Party with Coosa River Basin Initiative

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

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

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details.

11.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Sweep the Hooch
1 day, 21 sites, and TONS OF TRASH!
When: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Where: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
For the third year, CRK is gearing up for another BIG cleanup on April 13! While it’s obvious to most that river cleanups improve the quality of our water, they do much more than that. Cleanups are also a great way to develop a sense of “river community” – this is your chance to volunteer and be part of this community.

CRK, National Park Service and Trout Unlimited have joined together to organize this multi-site cleanup within the 48 miles of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. They’ll be tackling 13 Park Units and paddling eight segments.

Click Here to sign up for Sweep the Hooch!

12.    Savannah Riverkeeper Roast on the River
When: Saturday, March 9th, 6 PM
Where: 1213 Old Plantation Rd, North Augusta, SC
Description: The 1st Annual Roast on the River will include fresh oysters from Bluffton Oyster Company, Low Country Boil, chilli, and an amazing view overlooking the shoals.  Be prepared to be entertained with live specimen displays, auctions, raffle and live music. Wine and Sweetwater beverages will be available.  Click here for more information about Roast on the River.

13.    Ogeechee Riverkeeper’s “At Water’s Edge”
When: February 23, 2013, 5-8 PM
Where: Ft. McAllister State Park, 3894 Ft. McAllister Rd, Richmond Hill, GA
Description: Journey back to the 1800s to Ft. McAllister for a torch-lit evening featuring historic reenactments along the banks of the Ogeechee River!

•    Event Highlights include:
•    Wildlife Demonstration from Georgia Southern University
•    Live Bluegrass music featuring City Hotel
•    Open Bar provided by Moon River Brewery
•    Gourmet Southern Menu featuring local chefs
•    Ogeechee River Awards of the Year
•    Incredible Silent Auction!
For tickets  to At Water’s Edge, click here! 

14.    Adopt-A-Stream Confluence 2013
When: Saturday, March 16
Where: Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, Buford, Georgia
Click here for more information about Confluence.

15.    Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable
When: Friday March 1, 2013 (7:30 - 9:00 a.m.)
Where: All Saints Episcopal Church. Atlanta, GA
How do we shift behavior towards habits that support a healthier, more sustainable world? Join SART on March 1st to examine the science of behavioral change through an environmental lens. While the focus is on specific campaigns in Atlanta, the conversation will cover changing behavior and how it applies to the goal of advancing a more sustainable world.  Click here for more information about Sustainable Roundtable.

16.    Evaluating Your Impact Webinar Series
When: April 30 – June 11, 2013, 1:00 pm
Description:  Increasingly, your organization needs to tell the story of your impact to your community, board, and donors.  Evaluation can make your programs and organization better inside and out.  However, creating and implementing evaluation plans can be a daunting task.  Where do you start?  How do you develop simple and relevant evaluation tools? And, who in your organization needs to be involved?  Evaluating your Impact can help you tackle these challenges.  Course includes 7 weekly webinars and clinics, and personalized coaching.

Click here for more information about Evaluating Your Impact

17.    Alabama Water Rally
Alabama Water Rally is the conference produced annually by the Alabama Rivers Alliance as a premier education event for those interested in water protection. It is the largest gathering of environmental advocates in Alabama. Participants include community leaders, elected officials, students, educators, and concerned citizens from across the state. These individuals take their experience from the conference back to their communities.
Click here to register for Alabama Water Rally!

18.    River Rally 2013
Where: St. Louis, MO
When:  May 17-20

Join River Network in St. Louis for River Rally 2013 – the confluence of the river and watershed conservation community. More than 80 educational workshops; 10 field trips; unsurpassed networking (and celebrations!), the River Heroes Banquet and lots other things.
To register:             
To learn more about the event:

19.    FAQ: Have a “Slideluck!”
This month GRN board member Cari Clark Phelps doesn’t answer a question so much as tell us about a cool fund-and-friend-raising strategy she recently learned about.  Read what Cari has to say about “Slidelucks” HERE.

20.    Have Ticket Levels for Fundraising  Events
Raise more money at your events while keeping the numbers up!

21.    The Trouble with the “Passion for the Mission”
When you’re hiring or recruiting board members, a lot of time “passion for the mission is high on your list of requirements. But is that what you actually mean?

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

ScottsMiracle-Gro  GRO1000 Grassroots Grants
ScottsMiracle-Gro provides GRO1000 Grassroots Grants to help foster community spirit and public service. Grassroots Grants of up to $1,500 are awarded to local communities to help bring edible gardens, flower gardens and public green spaces to neighborhoods across the United States.

The 2013 GRO1000 Grassroots Grant application window is now open. ScottsMiracle-Gro will accept applications until 11:59 p.m. EST, February 18, 2013. Click here for more information about GRO1000.

2013 SFI Grant Program Request for Proposals
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) Inc. is pleased to announce the 2013 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the SFI® Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. In 2013, SFI will award over $250,000 for projects supporting sustainable forestry, bringing total 2013 investments to $400,000 with previously awarded multi-year research grants.

The SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program supports collaborative projects between non-profit organizations, SFI program participants and other stakeholders which support SFI objectives. Since 2010, SFI has awarded 33 grants for a total of over $1.32 million. Further, these funds are leveraged with other project partner contributions, for a total of just over $4.8 million in investments in these projects.

Funding level: $5,000 or more
Details: Projects illustrating, informing, or improving the role of the SFI standard. The majority of these funds will support projects in several of the following five categories: Working Forests, Water, Carbon and Bioenergy, Capacity Building, and Wildlife and Biodiversity.

Funding level: up to $5,000
Details: Projects focused on forestry related youth education, green building, management of culturally important lands and other community-based projects raising awareness of responsible forest management through the SFI program.

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