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April 2015
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Georgia River Network News Stream
April 2015

1.    Georgia Water Coalition Legislative Update
2.    GRN’s Search for New Executive Director Underway
3.    Paddle Georgia 2015
4.    Weekend for Rivers Call for Presentation Proposals
5.    Georgia Water Wire: Rayonier and the Altamaha River
6.    Hidden Gems Paddle Dates
7.    New Book by GRN Policy Director, Chris Manganiello
8.    Donate to Paddle Georgia Teacher & Youth Scholarships

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
9.    Palmetto Pipeline DOT Hearing
10.  Georgia Water Resources Conference
11.    Water Professionals Appreciation Day
12.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Art of Water
13.    Savannah Riverkeeper Paddlefest
14.    Coosa River Basin Initiative Pig Paddle and Party
15.    Fall Line South Field Institute

Nonprofit Resources
16.    How to Have a Board Meeting Over the Phone

Fundraising Deadlines
17.    Grants


1.    Georgia Water Coalition Legislative Roundup
Thursday, April 2, was the final day (Sine die) of 2015 General Assembly’s 40-day session.  Click here for a summary and status of five GWC priority bills.

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.  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. Serving as our Interim Executive Director is long-time GRN employee, Dana Skelton. 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 at Weekend for Rivers! Deadline for submissions is April 20th.

This year’s theme is River Revelations, and we’ll be exploring everything rivers show us.  Find out more here.

5.    Georgia Water Wire: Rayonier and the Altamaha River
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is currently evaluating a draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the Rayonier Performance Fibers LLC facility (Rayonier) in Jesup, Georgia.  Georgia River Network (GRN) staff, members and partners have a special interest and direct relationship with the Altamaha River, and has submitted a comment letter and asked EPD to reject the draft permit for many reasons.

Rayonier’s new NPDES permit must be a bold step away from the past and a step into a cleaner future for all Georgians and for healthy river flows in the Altamaha River. To learn more, visit our Georgia Water Wire blog.

6.    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. Registration now open!

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.

7.    New Book by GRN Policy Director, Chris Manganiello
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 to purchase a copy, please visit UNC Press’ book page.

8.    Donate to Paddle Georgia Teacher & Youth Scholarships
Paddle Georgia is more than just a fun paddle (of course there is nothing wrong with that!).  Paddle Georgia is also a vehicle to build the river stewards of tomorrow and to train teachers in water education.

Through scholarships, the Paddle Georgia Youth Program brings a group of 10-12 underserved youth with their chaperones on the journey. Most of these kids have never been on a river or camped in a tent before. The Youth Program introduces them to the importance of river protection but, more importantly, to the joys of paddling a river. The experience is transformative.

The Paddle Georgia Educators Scholarship Program brings teachers in grades K-12 on the trip and provides environmental education training which includes Georgia Adopt-A-Stream and Project WET curriculum. The goal is for these educators to take their experiences on the river and the curriculum they learned back to their classrooms. This program is impactful way beyond the river we paddle.
Georgia River Network asks you to make a donation today earmarked for both of these scholarship programs. It is quick and easy to do. Just click here. One donation, tremendous impact!  

9.    Palmetto Pipeline DOT Hearing

When: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 5:00 PM
Where: Richmond Hill City Center, 520 Cedar Street, Richmond Hill, Georgia

Join Ogeechee & Savannah Riverkeepers in voicing their opposition to the Palmetto Pipeline at the Georgia Department of Transportation Public Hearing on the Proposed Palmetto Pipeline.  Stop the Georgia Department of Transportation from dishonorably granting Kinder Morgan a certificate of public convenience and necessity, which will allow it to condemn and take private property along the 210 miles of the route in Georgia.

Click here for more information:

10. Georgia Water Resources Conference
When: April 28 & 29, 2015
Where: UGA Center for Continuing Education, Athens, GA
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 conference 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.

11.    Water Professionals Appreciation Day
When: May 2, 2015
Senate Bill 119, currently under consideration by the Georgia General Assembly, would establish the first Monday in May of every year as “Water Professionals Appreciation Day in Georgia.” In conjunction with the inaugural celebration, which will be observed on Monday, May 4, “Water Appreciation Day” will be celebrated this year on Saturday, May 2, and is intended to promote understanding and awareness of the importance of water resources to the health of our communities and environment, and to generate awareness and support for Georgia EPD’s Rivers Alive program. Water Appreciation Day is also a day to bring attention to the thousands of dedicated professionals who work every day to protect and manage the use of our water. We hope you will join Rivers Alive in one of the celebratory events listed here:

12.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Annual Art of Water
When: Friday, May 1, 2015
Where: Cochran Gallery, 4 East Lafayette Square, LaGrange, GA
Historic downtown LaGrange will play host to this free event where the Cochran Gallery, Lafayette Square and various restaurants and other venues are all within sight of each other. Throughout the evening and into the night, river-related works of art will be on display at the gallery. Across the street on the square, the festivities will continue in to the evening. A stage will be set up for live music and the screening of a series of locally produced short films. The setup and scheduling of the event will once again make for a family-friendly atmosphere, as the lawn on the square is ideal for picnics and enjoying the music and entertainment. Bring out the camping chairs and blankets, and join us for this incredible event!

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Guests will have the opportunity to take part in a silent auction at Cochran Gallery in which they will have the option to bid on select pieces of artwork on display. All proceeds from the silent auction will help CRK expand its program work in the middle Chattahoochee region.

For more details, go to

13.    Savannah Riverkeeper Paddlefest
When: May 16, 2015 - Boat Launches start at 8:30am
What: Canoe, Kayak, Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP), and Homemade Raft Event
Where: SRK Headquarters, 105 Riverfront Drive, Augusta, GA
Round up your paddles and your posse for the 9th Annual PaddleFest in Augusta, GA!
Get out and leisurely paddle or compete in one of their race categories. ALL racing will be professionally timed! Register for Paddlefest here.

14.    Coosa River Basin Initiative Pig Paddle & Party
When: Sunday, May 17, 2015
Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI)'s annual Pig Paddle & Party features a 6-mile paddle trip down the Etowah River followed by a barbecue dinner catered by Johnny Mitchell's Smokehouse at the home of Todd & Dale Carroll overlooking the Etowah. Suggested donation: $75 or $130 per couple includes a year's membership in CRBI, canoe and kayak rentals and shuttle service, dinner, drinks and a chance to win a new kayak!

To learn more and register, click here.

15.    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

16.    How to Have a Board Meeting Over the Phone
Sometimes it’s necessary to conduct a board member over the phone—might as well do it right!

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

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