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March 2015
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Georgia River Network News Stream
March 2015

1.    Georgia Water Coalition Legislative Update
2.    GRN’s Search for New Executive Director Underway
3.    Paddle Georgia 2015 Registration
4.    Weekend for Rivers Call for Presentation Proposals
5.    Hidden Gems Paddle – Save the Date!
6.    Southern Water, Southern Power
7.    Intelligent River

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
8.    Proctor Creek Conservation with Alexie Torres-Flemming
9.    Upper Etowah River Alliance Annual  Meeting
10.    Satilla Riverkeeper BBQ on the Bluff
11.    World Water Day Town Hall Meeting
12.    CRBI Green Gala
13.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Sweep the Hooch
14.    Georgia Water Resources Conference
15.    River Rally
16.    Dam Removal Workshop – Save the Date
17.    Fall Line South Field Institute

Nonprofit Resources
18.    How to Staff and Support a Committee

Fundraising Deadlines
19.    Grants


1.    Georgia Water Coalition Legislative Update
Find out what is happening with water in the 2015 legislative session. 

2.    GRN’s Search for New Executive Director Underway
The Board of Directors of Georgia River Network announces the departure of Glenn Dowling as its Executive Director as he transitions into private sector sustainability efforts in Georgia and throughout the Southeast.  To find out more, refer to the announcement from GRN’s board of directors here.

Over the course of the next few months, Georgia River Network will conduct a search to find our new executive director. During this search, our priority will be to find the best candidate, and to ensure stability and continuity throughout the organization.  The job posting for the Executive Director position can be found here.

3.    Paddle Georgia 2015
Paddle Georgia 2015 registration is open.  Paddle Lite is sold out, but we still have space for thru paddlers.  Paddle Georgia will be held June 20-26 on the Ogeechee River. Visit for details.

Thru-Paddler 2015 Registration Fees:
$425 Adults
$230 Children (8-17)
$30 Children (7 & under)

4.    Weekend for Rivers Call for Presentation Proposals
Weekend for Rivers will take place September 19-20, 2015 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, GA. Now is the time to submit a presentation proposal to share with us!

This year’s theme is "River Revelations," and we’ll be exploring everything rivers show and teach us.  Find out more about the Call for Proposals here. Deadline for proposals will be April 20th. Registration for Weekend for Rivers will go online July 1st.

5.    Hidden Gems Paddles - Save the Dates
Save the date for excursions to rediscover some of the hidden gems on Georgia’s waterways. Each one-day river trip includes lunch and presentations along the route, ranging from natural history and water quality testing to cultural history and river cleanups.

May 17: Middle Oconee River – Bubbling Shoals, Rocky Outcrops & Historic Mills - Paddle along one of the Classic city’s secluded gems.

Aug 22: South River – From Urban Wasteland to Wet & Wild Oasis - Go with the flow and explore this nearly forgotten beauty.

Nov 14: Ochlocknee River – Tea-Stained Waters, Cypress Knees & Rich Wildlife Diversity - Discover this majestic river in the Red Hills of Southwest Georgia.

6.    Southern Water, Southern Power 
GRN announces the publication of policy director Dr. Chris Manganiello’s new book: Southern Water, Southern Power:  How the Politics of Cheap Energy and Water Scarcity Shaped a Region (UNC Press)
Why has the American South--a place with abundant rainfall--become embroiled in intrastate wars over water? Why did unpredictable flooding come to characterize southern waterways, and how did a region that seemed so rich in this all-important resource become derailed by drought and the regional squabbling that has tormented the arid American West? To answer these questions, policy expert and historian Christopher J. Manganiello moves beyond the well-known accounts of flooding in the Mississippi Valley and irrigation in the West to reveal the contested history of southern water.

"Focuses much-needed attention on the crucial role of water in the environmental history and development of the South. This book fills a critical void in our understanding of the relationship between southerners and their water resources."
--Timothy Silver, Appalachian State University

For more information, to read an excerpt or purchase a copy, please visit UNC Press’ book page.

7.    Intelligent River Database
Intelligent River is a Clemson University real-time remote data acquisition system that is used for: monitoring the water quality of watersheds, rivers and streams; analysis of the quality of watersheds, rivers, and streams; and for providing information in the field of water quality. The Intelligent River Research Enterprise develops and operates hydrological observation systems to support research and provide real-time monitoring, analysis and management of water resources. Find out more at

8.    Proctor Creek Conservation with Alexie Torres-Fleming
When: Tuesday, March 24, 10 AM-11 AM
Where: Atlanta Community Food Bank, 732 Joseph E Lowery Blvd NW, Conference Room B

Alexie Torres-Fleming is a community organizer and urban planner from the South Bronx, NY and Executive Director of the Access Strategies Fund. She co-founded the Bronx River Alliance and the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance. Come hear from Alexie and ask about her experience as she shares stories of community leadership and collaboration to reclaim and restore the Bronx River. The conversation will explore similarities between efforts in the Bronx River and those in Atlanta’s Proctor Creek. Everyone interested or engaged in efforts in Northwest Atlanta’s Proctor Creek watershed is encouraged to attend. Following the presentation and large group conversation, watershed residents are encouraged to stay and meet with Alexie afterwards from 11am-Noon.

Sponsored by: American Rivers, The Conservation Fund, Park Pride, Proctor Creek Stewardship Council & West Atlanta Watershed Alliance

9.    Upper Etowah River Alliance Annual Meeting
When: Saturday, Mar 21, 2015
Where: The Funk Heritage Center, Waleska, GA
Keynote Speaker: Margie Carroll, local children’s book author and wildlife photographer, back by popular demand! Cost: $25 per person, $40 per Couple, $50 per Family of four. (They take cash, check or charge.) Due to limited seating, all tickets must be purchased in advance. Reserve your space by calling 770-704-5479 or email

10.    Satilla Riverkeeper BBQ on the Bluff
When: March 28, 4-7 PM
Where: White Oak, Georgia
Mix and mingle with your favorite river loving friends on March 28th in the Satilla River backswamps for a BBQ and Oyster Roast! Limited spaces are available. So, invite a friend and purchase your tickets today!

11.    World Water Day Town Hall Meeting
When: Monday, March 30th 6:30-8:00 PM
Where:  Avis G. Williams Library, 1282 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033
World Water Day is March 22nd. Environment Georgia is doing outreach projects all month in celebration of World Water Day, and will be completing the month-long celebration with a town hall meeting and forum on water issues.

There will be four panelists speaking about each tier of water issues and policy that affect us (international, federal, state, and local), including academic professionals and leaders of local watershed advocacy groups. Following the panel discussion, they will open the floor to questions.

This event is open and free to the public. Light refreshments will be served and they are hopeful our clean water champs in Congress will attend as well! Please take a moment to follow the link to RSVP online so they can track planned attendance!

12.    CRBI Green Gala
When: Thu, April 2, 6pm – 8pm
Where: Barnsley Gardens, 597 Barnsley Gardens Road, Adairsville, GA 30103
Coosa River Basin Initiative will host its inaugural Green Gala at Barnsley Gardens Resort. At the Gala, CRBI will recognize five businesses, local governments, non-profit organizations or individuals that are accomplishing extraordinary things to protect the region’s natural resources. The “Greenies” will be awarded in the areas of sustainability, innovation, water conservation, land protection and outdoor recreation. The Gala will be held at the Bartow County resort and will include a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, formal dinner and awards ceremony. Proceeds from the event will benefit CRBI programs. To purchase tickets for Green Gala, click here.

13.    Chattahochee Riverkeeper’s Sweep the Hooch
When: Saturday, Apr 11, 2015
Where: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, 1978 Island Ford Parkway, Sandy Springs, GA 30350

Join CRK for the 5th Annual Sweep the Hooch CleanUp! Although it’s obvious to most that river cleanups improve the quality of our water, we’ve discovered that 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. Cleanup locations will take place in the Chattahoochee Recreation Area, Georgia State Park sites (Sweetwater Creek, Chattahoochee Bend, and Don Carter), Gwinnett County (Jones Bridge) and Riverview Landing in Mableton. For more info, go to   A full list of cleanup locations will be provided soon at this website. To register, visit

14.    Georgia Water Resources Conference
Registration for the 2015 Georgia Water Resources Conference is now open.  More than 150 oral presentations, panels, and posters will be featured.  A general listing of conference tracks and session titles is available at the GWRC website.  The full conference schedule will be available on line within the next week.  Click here to register for the conference.  If you wish to set up a table or booth at the conference, please click on the link for "Vendor Information" on the right side of the registration home page.

15.    River Rally
When: May 1-4
River Network’s (National) annual conference, River Rally 2015, will take place from May 1-4 in beautiful Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. Registration is now open—find out more here.

16.    Dam Removal Workshop – Save the Date
When: October 21 and 22
Where: Athens, GA
Save the date for a two-day Georgia Dam Removal Workshop hosted by American Rivers, SARP, and UGA.

This training will focus on dam removal efforts in Georgia.  Further details to come. Suggestions and needs of information welcome. Share with others who may be interested. Please RSVP at or 484-354-6453.

17.    Fall Line South Field Institute Summer Courses
Do you know a teenager who’s ready for a life-changing river adventure? Fall Line South Field Institute brings critical and creative thinking, community building, and connection to the wild places in the Southeastern United States together in academically rigorous, fun, and self-directed field programs for teenagers 14-18. College students are encouraged to apply for a Bartram Fellowship.

June 6-14, 2015: Red Hills to Forgotten Coast (North Florida)

July 18-26, 2015: Etowah River Odyssey (Northwest Georgia) 

To find out more about Fall Line South and to apply, go to

18.    How to Staff and Support a Committee
Coordinating a committee can be tough. Here are some tips on how to do it well.

19.    Grants
To view grant makers that give throughout the year, visit the grants page of our website HERE.

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