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February 2014
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Georgia River Network News Stream
February 2014


News
1.    2014 Legislative Session Update
2.    Weekend for Rivers—Register now!
3.    Georgia Water Wire Blog: Can West Virginia’s Water Crisis Happen in GA?
4.    Hidden Gems
5.    Georgia River Network's 14 in 2014 Challenge
6.    Paddle Georgia – June 21-27
7.    Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint – Oct. 10-13
8.     “Meet the Nexus” Guide to Food, Water and the Energy Nexus
9.    Let the River Flow: A Learning Lab
10.    Ogeechee Riverkeeper Job Opening
11.    River Network and Water Words That Work Partnership

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
12.    Capitol Conservation Day
13.    Atlanta Area Paddlers Event at Sweetwater Brewery
14.    Adopt-A-Stream Confluence Registration Open
15.    National River Rally Registration Open!
16.    Lake University Winter Workshop
17.    Upper Etowah River Alliance Annual Meeting
18.    ICL's 2014 Executive Director Leadership Program

Nonprofit Resources
19.    FAQ: Simple Grant Writing
20.    Should You Pay Your Interns?

Fundraising Deadlines
21.    Grant Opportunities

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1.    2014 Legislative Session Update
Contact your State Representative Today about SB 213
SB 213 revises the Flint River Drought Protection Act of 2000 and is a Trojan Horse that threatens rivers, property rights and taxpayers. The bill authorizes so-called, undefined “stream flow augmentation” projects that threaten longstanding Georgia water rights law, private property rights, stream flows, and water quality, and sets a bad statewide precedent.

Check out this great editorial by the Columbus Ledger Enquirer this week, outlining why SB 213 is a Trojan Horse.

Contact your State Representative today and ask them to VOTE NO on SB 213.   

You can also share this video that explains why SB 213 is a Trojan Horse.



2.    Weekend for Rivers—Register now!
Register for Weekend for Rivers 2014 by February 28th, and get an early bird discount!  Click here to check out the exciting lineup, and register today!

Join us April 5-6 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! 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.

The theme of this year’s Weekend for Rivers is “The History of Georgia’s Rivers.”  Saturday, April 5th’s program will include river-lovers of all kinds painting a broad picture of the state of Georgia’s rivers and the people who protect, enjoy and honor them. Three tracks will explore Georgia’s rivers from different angles. Highlights will include talks by Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Jay Bookman and retiring Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Sally Bethea, and films by Rhett Turner and David and Michael Hanson.

In the evening, we’ll have a ton of fun at our annual River Celebration Party and then we’ll camp at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (indoor and outdoor camping will be available, OR you can just get a hotel room).  We’ll wake up on April 6th and paddle a beautiful stretch of the Chattahoochee River--Bull Sluice Lake.  Naturalists, historians and ecologists will be stationed around the lake to tell us more about the cultural and natural history of the area.  Visit www.garivers.org to see the full agenda of presentations and programs and to register (don’t forget to register before February 28th to take advantage of the early registration discount). We can’t wait to spend the Weekend with you!

3.    Georgia Water Wire Blog: Can West Virginia’s Water Crisis Happen in GA?
If you asked folks from Charleston, West Virginia what the price of clean water is, they’d probably say priceless.  More than 300,000 customers of the West Virginia American Water Co. were told on January 9, 2014 the only thing they could do with the water piped to their homes, restaurants, businesses and hotels was to flush it.  No drinking; no bathing children; no clothes washing; no hand washing after using the bathroom - for six to ten days depending on where people lived.
Can West Virginia’s water crisis happen in Georgia?  While Georgians might think it can’t, unfortunately, it already has on more than one occasion. Visit the Georgia Water Wire at gawaterwire.wordpress.com for the rest of this story.

4.    2014 Hidden Gems
This year, Georgia River Network is offereing four different occasions to rediscover some of the hidden gems on Georgia's waterways. Each paddle will include lunch and presentations along the route, ranging from natural history and water quality testing to river clean-up training. Visit www.garivers.org for more information.

Ogeechee River: May 10 - SECRETS OF SOUTH GEORGIA’S TEA-COLORED WATERS & WHITE BARKING SANDS.  Enjoy a day on a South Georgia blackwater beauty and experience the hidden majesty of Georgia’s coastal plain.  (Partners: Georgia River Network, Georgia Interfaith Power and Light & Ogeechee Riverkeeper)

Oconee River: Aug 23 - BOBBIN THROUGH REMNANTS OF THE OCONEE’S HISTORIC TIMEWORN TEXTILE MILLS.  Spend a day paddling through the state’s hilly Piedmont as the Oconee winds through Athens. (Partners: Georgia River Network, Upper Oconee Watershed Network, State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, University of Georgia, & Athens-Clarke County Oconee River Greenway Commission)

Chattahoochee River at Columbus: Sept 13 -FROM DERELICT DAMS TO RECREATIONAL WHITEWATER - ADVENTURE ON A REVITALIZED RIVER IN COLUMBUS.  Explore Columbus’ restored Chattahoochee via raft and experience the world’s longest urban whitewater run.  (Partners: Georgia River Network, Chattachoochee Riverkeeper, Chattahoochee Riverwarden, & Uptown Columbus)

Satilla River: Nov 15 - GIANT MAGNOLIA'S AND BURNT FORTS - A GLIMPSE OF THE SATILLA'S UNIQUE PAST.  Drift down this South Georgia beauty that winds between snow white sandbars & draping moss. (Partners: Georgia River Network, Satilla Riverkeeper, & Off Grid Expeditions)

5.    Georgia River Network's 14 in 2014 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.

Set your New Year’s resolution to get outside, get active and get involved in river and watershed protection, restoration and engagement opportunities with friends and family. River groups throughout the state offer a variety of experiences such as family friendly river trips, river hikes, workshops, conferences, symposiums, river clean ups, water quality monitoring, and advocacy opportunities, all of which qualify to fulfill the Challenge.

We encourage river groups to use the 2014 Challenge as a vehicle to promote your upcoming Water Trail events. Please send any upcoming events to Gwyneth@garivers.org so that we can add them to the GRN calendar. The goal is to promote Georgia’s growing movement in river restoration, protection, and enjoyment. So sign up, spread the word, and let your members know about the 2014 Challenge.

Here are the types of events and activities that qualify for the 2014 Challenge. To meet the challenge you must participate in 14 events/activities from at least 5 of these categories:
•    HIKE - River, Stream or Lakeside Hike
•    ARTS - Water/River Related Visual and Performing Arts Event
•    PADDLE - Paddling Events Sponsored by a River Group
•    CLEANUP - River, Stream or Lake Cleanup Event
•    ADVOCACY - Water/River Related Advocacy Event
•    MONITORING - Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Monitoring Event
•    FUNDRAISER - Water/River Related Festival/Fundraiser
•    WATER TRAIL - Paddle on an established Georgia Water Trail
•    CONFERENCE - Water/River Related Workshop/Conference/Symposium
•    ANNUAL MEETING - Attend a River Group Annual Meeting
•    Become a Member of a River Group

Here are a few upcoming Georgia River Network events that qualify for the challenge:
•    Weekend for Rivers Conference – April 5-6
•    Hidden Gems Paddling Events (Ogeechee – May 10; Oconee – Aug. 23; Chattahoochee – Columbus – Sept. 15; Satilla – Nov. 15)
•    Paddle Georgia 2014 - Chattahoochee River – June 21-27
•    Paddle Georgia: Fall Float on the Flint River – Oct. 10-13

To join the list of participants taking on the 2014 Challenge, just send an email to Gwyneth@garivers.org with your name and address to sign up. We will send you monthly updates that list exciting upcoming opportunities across Georgia to fulfill your challenge. See all of the 14 in 2014 Challenge details HERE.

6.    Paddle Georgia 2014 Registration
Join us as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Paddle Georgia by returning to the Chattahoochee River where this grand adventure first began. Our rainbow-colored flotilla of canoes, kayaks and paddlers will journey 115 miles from Buford Dam to Franklin.  Apply for a spot on the trip now through the Paddle Georgia lottery from February 10-27.

7.    Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint – Oct. 10-13
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 in late March.  Click here for more information about the Fall Float.

8.    “Meet the Nexus” Guide to Food, Water and the Energy Nexus
Grace Communication has developed a guide about the food, water and energy nexus called “Meet the Nexus”. This is the first guide specifically written to explain the nexus concept to a general audience, showing how everyday food, water and energy decisions have a profound effect on each other.

The guide breaks down the nexus concept into easy-to-digest parts by revealing the hidden connections between food, water and energy in the grocery store, at home and in the kitchen. It also highlights how some local governments and small businesses are making good nexus decisions that protect the environment and keep costs down.

9.    Let the River Flow: A Learning Lab
River Network's Habitat program is working to identify and develop the most effective river protection and restoration strategies via a nationwide series of Learning Labs.

In Utah, River Network is working with technical consultants and Salt Lake City officials to restore flow and water quality to the Jordan River. Near downtown, most of the river is diverted to a canal leaving the downstream portion short of both water and dissolved oxygen, which is critical for aquatic life.

Early modeling results are promising: just a 25% increase in flows could bring oxygen levels back up to Clean Water Act standards! That would be great news for river critters and would help draw recreational users to the lower river, as well.

You can read more in the latest series of Lab Reports.

10.    Ogeechee Riverkeeper Job Opening
Ogeechee Riverkeeper (ORK) is seeking a Watershed Outreach Coordinator to join their team working to protect, preserve and improve the water quality of the Ogeechee River basin. Find out more about the position here.

11.    River Network and Water Words That Work Partnership
If your organization is a member of River Network, they’ve got a great new benefit for their Partner groups -- 10% off the already low prices for webinar trainings from Water Words That Work, LLC!

Water Words' trainings always draw top marks from River Rally participants, and now they are able to bring them right to your desktop. Learn about message development, outreach planning, and managing controversial situations, all in the high energy and participatory style you expect.

Each webinar lasts 90 minutes and can accommodate up to 15 people. As a River Network Partner, you get 10% off the regular nonprofit rate of $220. Follow this link to get started, and be sure to visit River Network online to see all the wonderful River Network Partner benefits.


12.    Capitol Conservation Day
You are invited to join the Georgia Water Coalition on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 for Capitol Conservation Day. Capitol Conservation Day is an opportunity for all Georgian's to gather at the Capitol to tell our state representatives and senators that we value water for our families, economy, health, and future generations. Click here to register for this exciting event and get all the details.

13.    Atlanta Area Paddlers Event at Sweetwater Brewery
Join the Atlanta Area Paddlers for an event to benefit GRN on March 2 from 4-7 at the Sweetwater Brewery in Atlanta.  There will be a live DJ, food, tours of the brewery and beer. The cost is $25.00. Register now!

14.    Adopt-A-Stream Confluence Registration is Open
Confluence is a place for you to come meet other volunteers to discuss, share, and learn more about the newest trends in water quality monitoring!
When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 ~ 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center ~ Buford, Georgia
Registration:  $30 ($20 for students) - Includes entrance to all sessions, t-shirt, lunch, door prizes and much more.  Please note that some sessions are limited to 20 participants, so register early to reserve your spot.  Register for Confluence here!

15.    National River Rally Registration Open!
This May 30th-June 2, some 750 river advocates from around the globe will convene in Pittsburgh, PA for River Rally 2014, a joint production of River Network and the Waterkeeper Alliance.  

Highlights will include 70 workshops, a dozen field trips, the annual River Heroes banquet and plenary speakers including Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Ma Jun, a journalist and activist who brought new public attention to China's environmental woes.

Register for Rally here!

16.    Lake University Winter Workshop
When: February 22, 2014
Where: Athens, Georgia
The Georgia Lake Society Winter Workshop is being held in Athens, Georgia in cooperation with the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources. Presentations will illustrate the identification of aquatic plants and management strategies. The afternoon sessions will include “hands on” opportunities to see and touch the various plants/algae commonly encountered in Georgia lakes. Microscopes and identification guides will be used to help participants learn to ID some common native and invasive aquatic plants and animals. This Georgia Lake University Workshop is designed to educate lake and pond owners to help them improve their management and enhance all water uses: recreational, water supply or as aquatic habitat for fish and wildlife. Continuing Education credits may also be available for some of professional attendees. Click here to register for the Winter Workshop.

17.    Upper Etowah River Alliance Annual Meeting
When: March 15, 2014, 4 pm – 8 pm
Where: The Funk Heritage Center, Waleska, GA
Cost: $25 or $40 per Couple (Cash, Check or Charge)
Silent auction, great food, great speakers.  Due to limited seating, make reservations early. Call: 770-704-5479 or email Diane Minick at dminick@etowahriver.org.  Check UERA’s Facebook page for updates.

18.    ICL's 2014 Executive Director Leadership Program
ICL’s Executive Director Leadership Program is one of the best out there. You can register now for the Class of 2014, or download their free publication, The Less Visible Leader.

19.    FAQ: Simple Grant Writing--Step One
Each month, our staff answers one of our more frequently asked questions.  This month, Watershed Support Coordinator Jesslyn Shields, answers a question most people ask at some point in their nonprofit careers: “What do I need to know to write a grant?” Click here to find out more about the first steps in grant writing!

20.    Should You Pay Your Interns?
The Daily Beast called 2013 the “Year of the Intern.” In June, a judge ruled that unpaid interns at Fox Searchlight were illegally exploited, and deserved to be paid.  Should nonprofits start paying our interns?

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