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January 2014
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Georgia River Network News Stream
January 2014

1.    Check Out GRN’s Annual Report!
2.    Weekend for Rivers Registration Opens This Month!
3.    Paddle Georgia 2014 Registration
4.    GPB's "Georgia Outdoors" Episode on Georgia's Rivers--Friday!
5.    Update Your Organization’s Entry in GRN’s Watershed Directory
6.    GRN Photo Contest
7.    Altamaha Riverkeeper Job Announcement

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
8.    Coosa River Basin Initiative’s Annual Membership Meeting
9.    Satilla Riverkeeper’s Roast on the River
10.    Health Care Meets the Environment: A Symposium on Managing Pharmaceutical Wastes

Nonprofit Resources
11.    FAQ: New Year’s Resolutions for River Groups
12.    A Day in the Life of a Major Gifts Fundraiser
13.    Messaging Emergencies

Fundraising Deadlines
14.    New Grant Opportunities


1.    GRN’s Annual Report Online
Check out our 2013 Annual Report to see the impact that GRN made in 2013!  The GRN annual report is now online!

2.    Weekend for Rivers Registration Opens This Month!
Weekend for Rivers 2014 will be held on April 5-6 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia. The theme will be “The History of Georgia’s Rivers,” so get ready to learn some amazing Georgia history and celebrate our state’s wonderful rivers.  Registration will start in mid-January, so check in periodically at the Weekend for Rivers website for fresh info!

3.    Paddle Georgia 2014 Registration
The 2013 Paddle Georgia video is now online, but here at GRN, we’re gearing up for 2014’s Paddle Georgia on the Chattahoochee River on June 21-27. This will be the 10th Anniversary of Paddle Georgia, and we will return to paddle the original stretch of river that we did in 2005. As you know, we are offering priority registration to canoe-a-thon participants that raised $200 or more in the canoe-a-thon in 2013 as a way to thank them for their help to raise over $50,000 for our work to protect rivers throughout the year.  Remaining spots for thru paddlers will be awarded by invitation/lottery.  You can apply for thru paddler spots from Feb 10-27.  We will also have a limited number of Paddle Georgia Lite 2014 spaces that will be available by invitation only to our supporters, special guests, and by lottery. You can apply for lite paddler spots from Feb 10-27.  Full details on registration can be found on the Paddle Georgia website.

Georgia River Network will again sponsor the Hidden Gems paddling series of day long paddles in 2014 on the Chattahoochee whitewater in Columbus, Oconee River, Ogeechee River and Satilla River. Click here for dates and details.

We also plan to offer Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint River - 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 at

4.    GPB's "Georgia Outdoors" Episode on Georgia's Rivers--Friday!
GPB’s “Georgia Outdoors” program will premiere their “THREE RIVERS, THREE DAYS” episode this Friday, Jan. 17 at 8:30 PM, looking at the diversity of Georgia's river network with a special emphasis on the Broad, Conasauga, and Flint Rivers. Be sure to tune in – you should see some familiar faces!  The program will re-air Sat. at 12 noon and Sun. at 7:30 PM.

Click here to get a preview of the rivers host Sharon Collins visited.

5.    Update Your Organization’s Entry in GRN’s Watershed Directory
Did you know that Georgia River Network maintains a thorough directory of all the river protection groups in Georgia?  We do! Click here to browse the directory. If you would like to update your organization’s information, please contact Debra at If your organization doesn’t currently have a listing in our directory, you can fill one out here and email it to Debra or mail it in to us at 126 S. Milledge Ave, Ste E3, Athens, GA 30605.

6.    GRN Photo Contest
Enter GRN’s photo contest! Each month of 2014 we will have a different theme and invite you to send us a photo that you think best represents the topic of the month. The January photo contest theme is "Favorite 2013 Photo on a GA River". Click here to learn more and submit your photos. Or, click here to visit our homepage to view a slideshow of the December entries and winner.

7.    Altamaha Riverkeeper Job Announcement
The Altamaha Riverkeeper organization is seeking a full-time Riverkeeper/CEO to continue and lead fourteen years of work of protecting the largest river system in Georgia.  The Altamaha, known as Georgia’s little Amazon was designated by the Nature Conservancy as one of the last great places in the world.  

With its headwaters, the Oconee and Ocmulgee Rivers in North Georgia, the Altamaha flows undammed for 137 miles to the Atlantic Ocean.   ARK is actively engaged in advocacy, education, and litigation to protect this world class river.   

Please share this job announcement with friends and associates who want to make a significant commitment and contribution to protecting this world class river system.

8.    Coosa River Basin Initiative’s Annual Membership Meeting
When: Mon, January 27, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Rome-Floyd ECO River Center, 393 Riverside Pkwy NE, Rome, GA 30161    
2013 was a great year for CRBI! The annual meeting will review it, present volunteer and supporter awards and look ahead to the remainder of 2014.

9.    Satilla Riverkeeper’s Roast on the River
Join SRK for an oyster roast at the mouth of the Satilla River! Enjoy river loving friends, delicious local oysters and smoked BBQ, live music and spectacular sunset views on February 8th, 2-6pm at Dover Bluff Club (End of Dover Bluff Road in Waverly, GA). Must RSVP as space is limited. Visit their website or call (912-510-9500) to purchase tickets ($35 members/ $45 non-members).

10.    Health Care Meets the Environment: A Symposium on Managing Pharmaceutical Wastes
When: Friday, January 31st, 8 AM to 4:15 AM
Where: Georgia State University, Atlanta
Population growth, an aging population, preventative medicine and improved treatment options have contributed to an increase in the use of prescription and over-the-counter medication. While the benefits of these drugs cannot be overstated, their use does impact the environment. In preparation for the spring 2014 release of the EPA's proposed health care facility-specific pharmaceutical waste management standards, this one-day symposium will explore:
•    The prevalence of drugs in the environment including modes of entry, a comparison of Georgia's water quality to other major cities in the United States and the effects on human and aquatic life
•    Regulatory trends including increased on-site inspections, notices of violation and enforcement actions
•    New health care facility-specific regulations proposed by the EPA to address the management and disposal of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals and their impact on industry
The registration fee is $50. Four hours of CLE credit is available for an additional $20. Click here to learn more about the schedule, panelists and register.

11.    FAQ: New Year’s Resolutions for River Groups
Each month, the GRN staff answers a question that river groups commonly ask us. This month, the whole GRN staff answers one question: What should our river group's New Year's Resolution be? And of course each staff member has a different opinion! Click here to find out what they are.

12.    A Day in the Life of a Major Gifts Fundraiser
What do those people even do?

13.    Messaging emergencies
What to do before you hit “reply.”

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

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Five Star Grant
The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program seeks to develop nation-wide-community stewardship of local natural resources, preserving these resources for future generations and enhancing habitat for local wildlife. Projects seek to address water quality issues in priority watersheds, such as erosion due to unstable streambanks, pollution from stormwater runoff, and degraded shorelines caused by development.
The program focuses on the stewardship and restoration of coastal, wetland and riparian ecosystems across the country. Its goal is to meet the conservation needs of important species and habitats, providing measurable and meaningful conservation and educational outcomes. The program requires the establishment and/or enhancement of diverse partnerships and an education/outreach component that will help shape and sustain behavior to achieve conservation goals.
Funding priorities for this program include:
•    On-the-ground wetland, riparian, in-stream and/or coastal habitat restoration
•    Meaningful education and training activities, either through community outreach, participation and/or integration with K-12 environmental curriculum
•    Measurable ecological, educational and community benefits
•    Partnerships: Five Star projects should engage a diverse group of community partners to achieve ecological and educational outcomes.

Deadline for applications:  February 5, 2014

EPA’s Environmental Education Model Grant Program
EPA’s Environmental Education Model Grant Program is currently accepting applications. The program works to engage communities across the country through educational projects that have a lasting impact on local watersheds and air quality. This year’s competitive grants program will total $2.77 million. Grants will be awarded from each of the ten EPA regional offices and EPA’s headquarters in Washington, DC for a total of 22 to 32 grants. Each award will be an estimated $75,000 to $200,000. For more information, on the EPA grant, click here.

Deadline: February 4, 2014

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