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1. Watershed Science Program Manager Position Open - Tennessee

Position Description: This position will develop and manage the watershed assessment program and river restoration programs, education efforts, projects related to watershed management and implementation, and field studies.  This involves developing approaches that improve water quality, aquatic ecology, and overall watershed health.
• Coordinating with expert organizational advisors to provide strategic direction for Harpeth River Watershed Association’s science based programs related to improving water quality and aquatic ecology and shape land use and management.
• Identify and implement restoration priorities based on water quality assessments with an eye toward demonstration projects
• Supervise and train restoration/water quality staff, interns, or volunteers
• Establish and maintain relationships with county, state, and federal agencies, outside experts, community groups, and citizens
• Plan and supervise both youth and adult environmental education efforts
• Manage budgeting, grant writing, reporting, and communicating with funders and collaborative partners
• Represent HRWA on relevant committees and at various conferences
• MS in aquatic ecology, natural resource management, hydrology, environmental engineering, or other relevant field
• 5 years related experience that includes project management, fundraising, managing collaborative projects
• Knowledge and experience with water quality issues, natural river ecology, land use management, water quality monitoring and data analysis, GIS software • Knowledge of local, state and federal laws, regulations, and permitting
  • Excellent people skills to relate to landowners, business, government and elected officials; work with and coordinate a wide range of people, work as part of a team and in coalitions, and work independently
• Ability to be self-directed and driven to achieve initiatives on schedule
• Strong verbal and written communication skills for a variety of audiences, and publications record on scientific and/or watershed, water quality, wildlife conservation policy related issues
• Working relationships with local, state, and federal government entities in the region is strongly welcomed
• Terms: Full-time position with pay commensurate with experience. They encourage people with more than the minimum experience to apply
Please send cover letter, resume/CV, references, and sample of work to:

2. Georgia Water Wire: The State of Georgia’s Rivers, or Why Buffers Matter

There are more than 70,000 miles of streams, 425,000 acres of reservoirs and lakes, 400,000 acres of coastal marshlands, and 4.5 million acres of freshwater wetlands in Georgia.  The Environmental Protection Division (EPD) assesses those waters every two years as required by the federal Clean Water Act (1972). The Clean Water Act’s goal is “to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters.”
Unfortunately, an analysis of data collected by EPD from 2006 to 2014 shows that there has been little overall improvement in river and stream health.

Read the full article on the Georgia Water Wire, written by GRN Policy Director Chris Manganiello.

3. Last Call for Paddle Georgia 2016 Lite and Thru Spots!

Paddle Georgia 2016 is set for June 18-24 on northwest Georgia's Conasauga, Oostanaula and Coosa Rivers. The trip will chart a course through the Ridge and Valley region of Georgia on what is considered the most biologically unique river basin in North America. As always, Paddle Georgia will be filled with great paddling, educational opportunities, beautiful scenery, and camaraderie.

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Up to 400 thru-paddlers will be accepted. A limited number of Paddle Lite spaces will be as available based on the number of thru-paddlers that register. Registration closes on May 30th!

Go to the Paddle Georgia Homepage to register!


4. Lower Oconee Hidden Gem Paddle & Campout

September 17-18
Where: Milledgeville, GA

Spend a weekend exploring this up-and-coming Water Trail on the Fall Line of middle Georgia! Georgia River Network is partnering with the Altamaha Riverkeeper and Lower Oconee Water Trail, for this exciting two day paddle, dinner party, & campout on the Oconee river in Milledgeville, GA. 

The event will include lunch, dinner, breakfast and presentations along the route, ranging from flora/fauna, water health, and river cleanups to cultural history, and visual & performing arts. Day one of the paddle will be followed by a festive dinner event with live entertainment and bonfire at the campground. 

Registration coming soon - for more info go to the Lower Oconee Hidden Gem Paddle & Campout event page.

5. Perfect Outreach Project Training Workshop

When: August 9th
Where: Plaza Conference Room - Chattahoochee Nature Center
Cost: $30 ticket includes lunch

On time, on budget, on message. So easy to say. So hard to do. In this training series, you will learn how outreach projects can go wrong -- and how to reduce your risk of a self-inflicted disappointment. 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.  
  • Part 1. Constructive Committees & Securing Signoffs. Study the hilarious example of the worst outreach project ever -- and what mistakes caused the committee to tie themselves up in frustrating knots. Then you will learn how your team can work together to avoid the same fate.
  • Part 2. "Role" Up Your Sleeves. "Role" with the Punches. Don’t do it all yourself! Get the most out of the people on your team -- and learn where to find people who have the skills that you need at a price you can afford. Even if that that price is “free.”
  • Part 3. Chickens and Eggs. Overwhelmed by deadlines? There’s a cure for that. In this session, you will get tips for breaking big projects into manageable pieces. And you will learn what to say to secure cooperation from whomever is holding you up.
Learn more and register at the Perfect Outreach Training Project Workshop website.

6. Len Foote Hike Inn Trip

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

Come hike to the Inn by foot over a moderate 5 mile trail which originates at the top of the beautiful Amicalola 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! The Inn has room for up to 40 people, so it’s first come, first served, and Hike Inn wants to offer this opportunity to YOU – our supporters, volunteers, members and colleagues, and your families – FIRST! Please join the staff, board, and families for this special opportunity! It will be a great time for Georgia’s river friends to spend time together and have fun.

Visit the Hike-Inn website to learn more and click the book now tab to make your reservation!

7. Fall Float on the Flint Registration Opens July 1st

Join Georgia River Network on Columbus Day weekend for a voyage down the Flint River that would fill Christopher Columbus with envy.

Travel 56 miles 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 the annual week-long Paddle Georgia events, paddlers will tent camp on the river two nights at Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat. Participants will enjoy catered meals, educational programs and great camaraderie while they make their way down one of Georgia's most beautiful rivers during a beautiful time of year.

To learn more visit the Fall Float on the Flint event page.

8. Annual Broad River Shoal Lily Float 
When: Saturday May 21, 2016
Where: Meet at the Broad River Campground at 9:30am 

The Broad River Watershed Association will host a river float on Saturday, May 21, to view the rare shoal lily along the lower section of the Broad River at Anthony Shoals. We will meet at the Army Corps of Engineers Broad River Campground on Highway 79 at 9:30 am May 21 and will float from Highway 17 to Highway 79 in Elbert, Wilkes, and Lincoln counties. The rare Spider Shoal Lily (Hymenocallis coronaria) should be in full bloom at this time and putting on an amazing show at Anthony Shoals. 

There are portions of this float that can be difficult. For safety reasons, only experienced paddlerswill be allowed to participate in the float. The float distance is a little over 9 miles and takes approximately 6 hours to paddle. During the float, we will also do a River Cleanup as part of the National River Cleanup Week.

Bring your own canoe/kayak or contact Michael Moody at the Broad River Outpost (BRO) at 706-795-3242, to arrange for a canoe or kayak rental (BRO will bring rented boats to the launch site). This year's spring float is a fundraiser for BRWA with a $25 donation per person for participants, plus any cost of canoe/kayak rental. To sign up, email with your name, contact information, the number of people in your party, and whether you will bring your own boat or rent one from BRO. Click here to donate via PayPal (Click the orange 'Donate' button at the top right of the page and include 'Shoal Lily Float' in the notes when you make your payment), or bring a check, cash or credit card the day of the float.

PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please RSVP for the walk or float to

9. Fracking Documentary Screening in Atlanta

Nobody is fracking in Georgia today. But energy corporations are buying mineral rights in northwest Georgia so they might frack tomorrow. Concern for this activity drew 100 people to a February public meeting organized by the Coosa River Basin Initiative and Southern Environmental Law Center. Fracking has been linked to increased frequency of earthquakes and water quality contamination. Atlanta’s Plaza Theater will screen a new fracking documentary—“Dear President Obama: The Clean Energy Revolution is Now”—produced by actor-activist Mark Ruffalo. Screening on May 16 at Atlanta's Plaza Theater.

To read more about the film and buy tickets, visit Plaza Atlanta Theatre's website.

10. Georgia Economic Developers Association Workshop

Thu, May 19, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Where: UGA Brunswick Station, 715 Bay Street Brunswick, GA 31520

Participants of the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) Spring 2016 Workshop will be visiting with UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant faculty and staff at the Brunswick Station on May 19. The trip will begin by boarding the RV Georgia Bulldog, a 72-foot shrimp boat, for a trawl around the beautiful St. Simons sound. On-board this research vessel participants will learn about Georgia’s fishing and shrimping industries, conduct a research trawl to see what kind of aquatic creatures can be collected and learn about the coastal ecosystems that support these industries. On return to the dock, faculty and staff of the Marine Extension service will provide an overview of the EcoScapes garden and share the programs and mission of the facility. The tour will end with a discussion of current economic development issues related to the UGA Oyster Hatchery, coastal tourism and other opportunities along the coast of Georgia

For more details and registration visit the Georgia Economic Developers Association Workshop page.

11. 4th Annual Big Little River Paddle Race

When: Sat, May 21, 10am – 11am

This four mile downstream paddle on flatwater takes you on a winding course through pretty south Georgia forest, under towering cypress trees, past live oaks, coppices of ogeechee tupelo, and majestic pines. The tannin stained blackwaters reflect the beautiful scenery and are typical of the coastal plain. Paddle it to win or just to enjoy. Cash prize to the paddler who finishes first. Medals to top finishers in several categories: male and female solo canoe, male and female solo kayak; male 2 person canoe, female 2 person canoe, mixed 2 person canoe, male tandem kayak, female tandem kayak, mixed tandem kayak. Entrance fee includes a free lunch at the end of the race. Fastest paddlers will complete in under an hour; slow paddlers in 1.5-2 hours. Bring your own boat or rent one from Reed Bingham State Park (advance reservations recommended). There will be a registration fee, well worth it for the fun, community, and to support your friendly local watershed organization.

Learn more at the WWALS Watershed Coalition event page.

12. Fish Weir Paddle on the Etowah 

Saturday May 21, 12pm – 8pm
Where: Etowah River Near Canton

Join Coosa River Basin Initiative on this 13-mile paddle on the Etowah that takes you through the heart of Cherokee County and a surprisingly rural landscape. Along the way pass over numerous Native American fish weirs as you make your way to the city of Canton.

For more information visit the Coosa River Basin Initiative website.

13. 1st Annual Golden Isles Prep Rally

When: Saturday May 21, 1pm – 5pm
Where: Mary Ross Waterfront Park, Bay & Gloucester Street, Brunswick, GA

Do you know where to go and what to pack to evacuate should a local disaster like a hurricane and/or flooding befall Coastal Georgia? Most people are not prepared. The 1st Annual Golden Isles PREP Rally, co-sponsored by UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, will walk you through everything you ever wanted to know, and you and the whole family will have a blast learning. Among many activities and demonstrations, first responders will be showing their equipment, scouts will demonstrate how to pack a bag, therapy dogs will be there to help with packing for your pet and the Coast Guard will demonstrate helicopter rescue operations in the river.

This event is free to the public.

Find out more at the Golden Isles Prep Rally event page.

Invasive Species Pull at the Cay Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center

When: Thursday May 26, 12pm – 3pm
Where: Cay Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center, 189 Charlie Butler Rd, Midway, GA 31320

Join DNR biologist Eamonn Leonard to help remove invasive species from the wetland center. Focusing on Japanese Honeysuckle and Chinese Tallow.

For more information and to RSVP email

Georgia Coalition Partner Meeting

Thursday, May 26, 8pm – 11pm
Where: Georgia Wildlife Federation's Alcovy Center, 11600 Hazelbrand Rd NE, Covington, GA

Join the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper at the Georgia Coalition Partner Meeting in the Georgia Wildlife Federation's Alcovy Center in Covington, GA.

Find more information on the Georgia Coalition Partner Meeting page.

Rome's Big Float

Sat, June 4, 12am – Sun, June 5, 12am

Mark your calendars for the biggest river event in Rome's history! The 6-mile float on the Etowah River from Dixon Landing to Heritage Park in downtown Rome is for canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, rafts, tubes and anything else that floats your boat (so long as it floats!). The on-river party will be followed by an after party at River Dog Outpost in downtown Rome. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, best decorated vessels, largest flotilla and more.

Registration is $25 per person. Fees include a year's membership in CRBI, event T-shirt, entry to after party at River Dog Outpost and additional swag.

To register and learn more about the event, please visit Coosa River Basin Initiative's page for Rome's Big Float.

Chattahoochee River Race and Festival

Saturday, June 11, 9am – 3pm
Where: Garrard Landing Park, 8000 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30022

The festival, held at Roswell’s Riverside Park from 10am to 3pm, is FREE and family-friendly. Racers and others will enjoy LIVE music plus an array of exhibits that include local artisans and farmers market vendors. For the kids: Frisbee dog demonstration, face painting, balloon artists and other family-friendly activities. The race begins at 9am 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.

To find out more information and register, visit Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's page for the River Race and Festival.

Apple Snail Removal at St. Marys Aquatic Center

Saturday, June 11, 12pm – 3pm
Where: St. Marys Aquatic Center, 301 Herb Bauer Dr, St Marys, GA 31558

Join the Coastal Georgia Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area in removing invasive Apple Snails from the pond behind the Aquatic Center.

For more information and to RSVP please email Eamonn Leonard at

19. Chattooga River Paddle

Saturday, June 11, 1pm – 8pm
Where: Chattooga River near Lyerly

Join the Coosa River Basin Initiative in this 7-mile joinery that runs from historic Lyerly Dam to Holland-Chattoogaville Road, taking in gentle shoals, picturesque bluffs and clear, cold springs on the City of Lyerly's Chattooga River Water Trail.

To learn more and register visit Coosa River Basin Initiative's page for Guided Paddle Trips.

20. American Trails Webinar: "Trails and Towns Together: How Communities Capitalize on Trail Tourism"

Efforts to link “trail-to-town” have played a part in remaking communities. This webinar will include a case study of the first known “trail town” initiative - the Trail Town Program® along the Great Allegheny Passage. Now in its 10th year of operation, the program has set an example for trail community programs throughout the United States. Program Manager William Prince will speak about the history of the project and recent expansions. 

Read the full description and register at American Trails.

21. Patagonia Accepting Applications for Grassroots Environmental Campaigns

Patagonia funds only environmental work. They are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because they believe that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum, their funding focuses on organizations that create a strong base of citizen support.


Patagonia funds work that:

  • is action-oriented 
  • builds public involvement and support 
  • is strategic 
  • focuses on root causes 
  • accomplishes specific goals and objectives 
  • is happening in these countries only: United States, Canada, Japan, Chile, Argentina, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Australia and the Czech Republic.
Application Procedure

Patagonia accepts one proposal per group, per fiscal year (May 1st – April 30th). Our average grant size is between $7,000 - $12,000.

  • If your work is located near one of our retail stores, your proposal will be reviewed by store employees. Their stores accept proposals on a rolling basis, throughout the year. 
  • If your work is not located near one of their retail stores, your proposal will be reviewed by an employee Grants Council at their company headquarters. 
  • Deadline for this process: 
    August 31 (all applications received in August will receive a response by the end of January)
For more information and to apply visit Patagonia.

22. Funding for Clean Water Initiatives


The Woodard & Curran Foundation, the charitable arm of integrated engineering, science, and operations company Woodard & Curran, is accepting applications from nonprofits organizations for projects focused on protecting and promoting clean water sources.

To that end, the foundation will award grants through two distinct tracks.

1) Track 1 Grants: Up to three one-year grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to support projects dedicated to addressing the problem of water scarcity through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) initiatives. This track is limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that meet the foundation's general eligibility requirements and are located in states where Woodard & Curran Inc. either has an office or operates a treatment facility, including California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, or Wyoming.

2) TRACK 2 Impact Grants: Three-year grants of up to $100,000 for an innovative projects applying or advancing technology to address water issues relating to climate change. This opportunity is open to all U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits that meet our general eligibility requirements.

To be eligible, organizations must be based in the United States and be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Visit the Woodard & Curran Foundation website for guidelines and application instructions.

23. National Park Service Now Accepting Applications for Challenge Cost Share Grants

Purpose and Scope: 
  • The Challenge Cost Share Program supports local projects that promote conservation and recreation, environmental stewardship, education, and engaging youth in the outdoors. 
  • Local project partners work with National Park Service (NPS) staff to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Applications are submitted by NPS staff in collaboration with project partners.
  • This partnership challenge rewards those proposals that highlight long lasting benefits while developing new partnerships
  • NPS administered parks are eligible including National Parks, National Trails, and Wild and Scenic Rivers.
  • Partners may be educational institutions, private for-profit entities, or not-for-profit organizations.
  • Project must have the endorsement of the NPS, as well as assurance from the local partner(s) that the project’s budget is viable.
  • $25,000 is the maximum Challenge Cost Share project support.
  • Project should be completed within the fiscal year. 
Applications are accepted between May 2, 2016 and July 1, 2016 for Fiscal Year 2017.
Apply and learn more at the National Park Service website.


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