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July 2015
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Georgia River Network News Stream
July 2015

1.   Paddle Georgia Wrap-Up   
2.   Register NOW for Weekend for Rivers
3.   Fall Float Registration Now Open

4.    Hidden Gems Paddle Dates
5.    Hike Inn Trip for GRN Members
6.    Southeastern Water Supply Security and Sustainability Survey

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
7.   Free Webinar About Working in Schools
8.   South River Paddle
9.   Satilla Riverkeeper Gala
10.  Savannah Riverkeeper Riverfest
11.  Dam Removal Workshop Registration NOW OPEN!
12.  Save the Date: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Patron Dinner

Fundraising Deadlines
13.    Grants


Paddle Georgia River's End Celebration
On June 17, three days prior the beginning of Paddle Georgia 2015, a short 100 miles from the starting point of the 7-day journey in coastal Georgia, a 21-year-old man shot and killed nine people at Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The shocking murders were racially motivated. The killer was white; all the victims were black.

On June 27, the day we finished our 95-mile journey, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage.

Immersed in the Ogeechee River and disconnected from most media outlets for a full week, we returned Saturday and Sunday to TV, newspaper and online media filled with stories from a divided nation.

The Confederate battle flag came under fire (photos surfaced of the Charleston killer wrapped in the flag), arsonists set fire to black churches across the south; some religious leaders decried the Supreme Court ruling; gay rights advocates counterattacked.

From the peace and quiet of the Ogeechee we emerged into a nationwide shouting match. The change was shocking. Taylor Morris and Chris Thompson lend a fellow paddler a lift over a cross-river strainer during a grueling 17-mile paddle on day 2 of our journey.

For the past week, 300 people from diverse walks of life—liberals and conservatives, black and white, young and old, rich and poor, gay and straight—had endured common trials and celebrated common joys. We ate together, slept together (in school gymnasiums natural disaster refugee-style) and showered together (men and women separately, of course).

We also endured every Ogeechee strainer, often helping one another over, under and around these obstacles; we paddled against the same tidal current in the trip’s final miles as we neared the coast. We slathered on sunscreen to shield ourselves from the same sun and jumped in the same river to cool ourselves. 

Read Joe Cook's full blog post by clicking here.

2. Register NOW for Weekend for Rivers
When: September 19-20, 2015
Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, GA

Weekend for Rivers 2015 registration is OPEN!  Register NOW (or before August 14th) to take advantage of the earlybird discount!

Join us September 19th at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, GA for a day of inspiration, education and connections with folks who love Georgia’s rivers as much as you do! 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 sharing stories and information, and hanging out with our river-loving friends, new and old! And on Sunday, September 20th, you'll have the chance to paddle a beautiful 9-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee with Shoot the Hooch!

3.    Fall Float Registration is Open
Join GRN Columbus Day weekend 2015 for a voyage on the Flint River that would fill Christopher Columbus with envy. October. 9-12, 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 is curently open!  Visit  for more information.

4.    Hidden Gems Paddle Dates
Join Georgia River Network (GRN) on our upcoming 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. 
Learn more by clicking here. 

August 22: South River – From Urban Wasteland to Wet & Wild Oasis - Go with the flow and explore this nearly forgotten beauty. Register for this paddle here!

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

5.    Hike Inn Trip for GRN Members
This year, GRN has an opportunity to bring a group to the Hike Inn on Wednesday, September 9th.  The Inn has room for up to 40 people - first come, first served.  

Cost and How to Sign Up: The Hike Inn is generously 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, contact the Hike Inn at 800-581-8032, 10:00am - 5:00pm Monday-Friday. Provide code GRN when you sign up for September 9th. If you are unable to get them by phone, you can email them at When leaving a message by phone or email, make sure to include a phone number and good time of day to reach you so they can get you booked!

About the Hike Inn:

Southeastern Water Supply Security and Sustainability Survey
River Network needs your help!
This survey seeks input on how River Network, a group that empowers and unites people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters, can best help build capacity and support and complement efforts of local, state and regional watershed, conservation and community groups to ensure healthy flows in our rivers throughout the Southeast, a region experiencing increasing water stress.
Much can and is being done to redirect the water-use trajectory of the Southeast to ensure a water future that is secure and sustainable for people and nature, including identifying and advancing novel policies and strategies at the municipal, state, and basin-wide scales to protect and restore healthy river flows.  They are looking to identify areas where they can best add value to help strengthen and further build a network of support across the Southeast to advance protection for healthy rivers.
The survey will take 10 minutes or less –  please provide feedback by August 1st.

7.   Free Webinar About Working in Schools
How can environmental professionals work with schools to educate youth about waterways protection? And what about parents? 

In this webinar, they will review the findings of a recent research study with 800 K-12 teachers. You will learn what they had to say about incorporating waterways information into their classes, meeting federal and state standards, scheduling field trips, and more. Then you will hear about how a county government successfully worked with the local school system to coax thousands of parents to promise to do their part to prevent sanitary sewer overflows!

This FREE one-hour webinar will be offered twice:
July 23 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern 
July 29 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Margarete Heber, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Mike Harris, New Castle County (DE) Department of Special Services
Eric Eckl & Avia Huisman, Water Words That Work, LLC

To register:

8.   South River Paddle
Join South River Watershed Alliance for a paddle down the South River from Panola Shoals to Klondike Road (DeKalb County), Saturday, July 25, 9:00 - 3:00 p.m.  This is your opportunity to see for yourself, from the inside out, why restoration of the river is so important. Cost is $40/person and includes lunch after take out. The paddle is approximately 5.5 miles and takes about four hours. Additional paddle details will be sent to those who sign up. Scholarships are still available to beginner paddlers and kayakers are welcome.  Register here or call Jackie 404-285-3756 for information or questions. 

9.  Satilla Riverkeeper Gala 
Evening of August 1st, 2015
Where: Stricklands Satilla Lodge in Brantley County
Join Satilla Riverkeeper and friends in celebrating the Satilla River!
This momentous evening will be a night to remember with a sit-down dinner,  drinks, live music, a guest speaker, live and silent auction, and raffle.
Space is limited. Please RSVP by purchasing your tickets today! 
Click here to purchase tickets and sponsorships online.

10. Savannah Riverkeeper Riverfest
Sun, August 16, 9am – 3pm
Where: Riverfront Marina, Augusta, GA
Join SRK at Riverfront Marina in downtown Augusta to watch the paddlers cross the finish line, and, while you're at it, enjoy a delicious lunch and other delectable items made by local vendors (including Sweetwater Beer!). Escape Outdoors and Whitecap Stand Up Paddle Boarding will be on hand so you can try out different kayaks and SUPs. SRK will also have outdoor games to enjoy and merchandise to buy from various local outdoor-related vendors. This festival is all about the different things one can do to stay active in the great outdoors! 

To register, go to

11. Dam Removal Workshop Registration NOW OPEN!
When: October 21 and 22
Where: Athens, GA
Join us for a two-day Georgia Dam Removal Workshop hosted by University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP), and American Rivers. This training will focus on dam removal efforts in Georgia. 
For more information and to register, visit this Eventbrite webpage.

Please share with others who may be interested.

Questions? or 484-354-6453

Save the Date: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Patron Dinner
When: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Where: The Foundry at Puritan Mill

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper supporters, board members, business leaders, community partners, and other distinguished guests will gather on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at The Foundry at Puritan Mill to celebrate CRK’s 21st Annual Patron Dinner.

This seated dinner and program is designed to recognize businesses, institutions and individuals who have made a significant contribution to Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s mission of advocating and securing the protection and stewardship of the Chattahoochee River, its lakes, tributaries, and watershed.

Click here to buy tickets.

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

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