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Confluence Newsletter
July 2016
In This Issue

5 Rivers - 103 Miles - 1 Fantastic Paddle Georgia 2016
Paddle Georgia 2016 Duck Race Winner - Carlton Gober
Sponsor Spotlight - Hennessey Landrover
Fall Float on the Flint Registration Opens TODAY

Perfect Outreach Training Workshop - Learn the Science of Project Management~ Aug 9
Ever been to Len Foote Hike Inn? The GRN Member Trip is Coming Up ~ Aug 23-24
Lower Oconee Hidden Gem Paddle and Campout ~ Sept 17-18
Are You Ready for a Challenge? Take Our Healthy Rivers = Healthy You Challenge  
Do you Have an Old Vehicle/Motor Boat That Has Kicked the Bucket?
Take a Look at GRN's Wish List - Perhaps your 'Junk' Can be Our Treasure
Looking for Gift Ideas? Check Out Georgia River Network's Merchandise

1% for the Planet
Sign Up for Protect Georgia Action Alerts!
Ahhhh Let Us Count the Easy Ways You Can Support GRN... 'Cause We Really Need it!
Georgia River Network is a Member of EarthShare
Get Georgia River Network News in Your RSS Feed

5 Rivers - 103 Miles - 1 Fantastic Paddle Georgia 2016!

Thanks to all 430+ river supporters who made #‎PaddleGA2016 an AWESOME SUCCESS! Check out the Paddle Georgia Photo Album and Blogs and tag your friends and family in these photos!

Georgia River Network would like to give a special SHOUT OUT to all of the folks who made this trip possible including GRN and Coosa River Basin Initiative staff, board members, our Canoe-a-thoners, and countless volunteers, and our wonderful sponsors:

AGL Resources, AR Motorsports, Columbia Sportswear, CYA Agency, Inc., Dalton Utilities, Georgia Mining Association, Inside CNN Studio Tour, Maxxis International, David Minnich, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Patagonia, Bonny Putney, RS Industrial Inc., Shaw Industries, Sole Source Electrical Contractors, Storm Water Systems, StreamTechs, LLC, and Don Wright.

Paddle Georgia 2017 will be on the Etowah River June 17-23! Mark your calendars and plan on registering in early February. We expect this 100-plus mile journey from Dawsonville to Rome to be very popular. 

Paddle Georgia 2016 Duck Race Winner - Carlton Gober!

It was a beautiful Friday afternoon in downtown Rome - the sun was shining, and paddlers were all smiles as they celebrated the completion of their 103-mile journey down Georgia’s rivers. While waiting for the feast to begin, paddlers’ anticipation was growing as they awaited their rubber ducks to be cast down into the Oostanaula river. As it neared 5 pm, the crowd steadily grew on the Rome footbridge, and sites below, to get the best views of the duck dumping. The crowd cheered as the ducks flew down into the
river, and continued to cheer them on as they raced down to the 250 ft. pool noodle finish line. Despite a strong finish by a group of ducks in the front of the race, there was one clear winner. We offer a big congratulations to Carlton Gober and his speedy duck!

Thank you to all who participated in our 
first ever duck race, thanks to you Georgia River Network raised nearly $2,000 to help protect Georgia’s rivers and keep them flowing beautifully!

Duck Race Winner

Sponsor Spotlight - Hennessey Landrover

Long-time Georgia River Network supporter, Mark Hennessy and Hennessy Land Rover Centres in Buckhead, Gwinnett and North Point, believe in adventure. After all, a four-wheel drive Land Rover is as much a portal to adventure as a canoe or kayak. That's one reason Hennessy supports Georgia River Network's annual Paddle Georgia events and its River User's Guidebook series. The auto dealership even distributes special copies of the Chattahoochee River User's Guide to its patrons. Georgia River Network thanks Mark Hennessy and the Hennessy Land Rover Centers for their continuing support for clean, accessible rivers. You can learn more about Hennessy Land Rover Centres at
Fall Float on the Flint Registration Opens TODAY!

When: October 8 - 10, 2016
Where: Albany to Bainbridge, GA

This three-day, 56-mile journey takes in the best of the lower Flint between Albany and Bainbridge: lively shoals, blue hole springs, abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery make this a trip not to miss. Only 175 spaces are available for this journey. Click here to learn more and register. 

Perfect Outreach Training Workshop - Learn the Science of Project Management!

When: Tuesday, August 9, 2016- 10:00AM to 3:00PM
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Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center 

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.
Sponsored by Georgia River Network, Water Words that Work and the Chattahoochee Nature Center. $30 ticket includes lunch.

Learn more and sign up at:

Ever been to Len Foote Hike Inn? The GRN Member Trip is Coming Up!

When: Tues-Wed, Aug 23-24, 2016
Where: Len Foote Hike Inn – Amacalola Falls

Participants will hike to the Inn by foot over a moderate 5 mile trail which originates at the top of the beautiful Amacalola Falls. Enjoy a special tour of the LEED Certified Gold Inn and grounds, a delicious dinner and breakfast and an evening program all about Georgia rivers!
Cost and How to Sign Up:
The Hike Inn is offering a special rate for our group! $42.50/person for double occupancy, $58.50/person for single occupancy (Normally $170/$117!) + tax. To reserve your spot go to the reservation link on their webpage at and click the book now tab. It will pull up the 50% discount rate. Enter the correct dates and on the bottom of the page enter promotional/group code GRN16. You can learn more about the Inn at

Lower Oconee Hidden Gem Paddle and Campout - Sept 17-18

Spend a weekend exploring the up-and-coming Lower Oconee Water Trail on the Fall Line of middle Georgia! 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!

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Are You Ready for a Challenge? Take Our Healthy Rivers = Healthy You Challenge!

Want to make Georgia’s rivers healthier while challenging yourself to do the same? You can! Join Georgia River Network’s Healthy Rivers =Healthy 
You fundraising challenge this summer to make an impact on our waterways, while becoming a healthier you!

Healthy Rivers Healthy You

 By participating in Healthy Rivers = Healthy You, you can strive to be healthier by joining challenges such as conserving water and building a rain garden or getting creative with your creek!

Each challenge will incorporate self-health, while also educating participants about the health of our rivers, and what can be done to make sure they’re clean and beautiful! The money that each participant raises will go toward the efforts that Georgia River Network is making to encourage river health and people like you to get out and enjoy them! And get this! First place is a FREE registration for our next Hidden Gem Paddle on the Lower Oconee in September, with more prizes for the runner-up fundraisers! Keep a lookout for more information on the Healthy Rivers, Healthy You on our social media!  
For more info visit:

Do you Have an Old Vehicle/Motor Boat That Has Kicked the Bucket? 

Georgia River Network is accepting any vehicle - running or not - including cars, trucks, boats, RVs, ATVs, motorcycles, wave runners, and more. GRN works with their colleagues at Charitable Auto Resources to ensure that your donation delivers the highest possible revenue to Georgia River Network and that your experience is convenient and efficient. Your vehicle is towed free of charge, and the donation is eligible for a tax deduction.  Contact Dana Skelton at or 706-548-4508 if you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity or for more information about the vehicle donation program.

Take a Look at GRN's Wish List - Perhaps your 'Junk' Can be Our Treasure!

GRN is looking for the following new or gently used items for our office: a picnic table or concrete outdoor patio set, a vacuum cleaner, rolls of Forever stamps, well-functioning laptop and tower computers, canoes and kayaks (sit on top kayaks, recreation kayaks, tandem kayaks, and canoes - in good shape), a conference table, a paper folding machine, graphic design services, printing services, donated office space in Athens, Adobe Creative Suite software,a covered trailer, and canoe trailer. Email or call 706-549-4508 if you would like to donate any of these items.

Looking for Gift Ideas? Check Out Georgia River Network's Merchandise

Check out Georgia River Network's new online store to get some great Georgia River Network merchandise. The store has GRN apparel, River User's Guides, banners, and much more! Perfect gifts for Father’s Day or the river lover in your life! Check out our online store here

1% for the Planet 

Georgia River Network is a 1% for the Planet non-profit partner. Over 1200 companies are giving 1% of their profits to organizations in the network that are committed to creating a healthy planet. Learn more by following the link to the 1% For The Planet website.

Looking for Ways You Can Help Protect Georgia' Rivers? Sign Up for Action Alerts!

GRN members can stay up-to-date on issues affecting clean water, the health of our rivers, and Georgia’s vital natural resources by signing-up for Protect Georgia action alerts.

Membership in Protect Georgia is free and allows you to easily contact your senator, representative, or other decision makers via e-mail when an important decision is pending or a vote is scheduled.

GRN, working alongside our Georgia Water Coalition partners, advocates for protection of valuable coastal and wetland buffers, the underground supply of well water which provides drinking water for many Georgians, and healthy stream flows from the mountains to the sea.

Please follow the link and sign to get access to Protect Georgia Action Alerts.

Ahhhh Let Us Count the Easy Ways You Can Support GRN... 'Cause We Really Need it!


Georgia River Network is a Member of EarthShare

Georgia River Network is a member group of EarthShare of Georgia — a non-profit federation of over 60 Georgia non-profits, all of which work to educate, conserve, or protect our air, land, and water throughout Georgia. Through workplace giving campaigns at participating companies, EarthShare raises funds for the member group non-profit organizations in Georgia. Employers who include EarthShare as part of their annual pledge campaign empower their employees with additional ways to improve their world. EarthShare of Georgia, as part of the EarthShare national employee giving program, is part of a network representing more than 400 environmental groups working locally, nationally and internationally. There you could support Georgia River Network and other member non-profits easily through the annual campaign. If your company would like add an EarthShare giving campaign, contact Dana at  Learn more at the EarthShare website.

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