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September 2014
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Georgia River Network News Stream
September 2014


1.    April Ingle is Greenlaw's Environmental Hero for 2014 
2.    Governor’s Water Supply Program  Roundup
3.    Chattahoochee River User’s Guides Now Available!
4.    Four Challengers Cross the Finish Line of the 14 in 2014 Challenge!
5.    Paddle Georgia Canoeathon a Success!
6.    American Rivers Endangered Rivers Nominations 2015
7.    North American Riverprize
8.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Job Announcement

Workshops/Calendar Items/Conferences
9.    Percentage Night at Terrapin Brewery
10.    Satilla River Hidden Gems Paddle
11.    River Network Nonprofit Financial Management Webinar Series
12.    Soque Fall Celbration and River Ramble
13.    CoastFest

Group Spotlight
14.    DuPont Withdraws Surface Mining Application for Wayne Co.

Nonprofit Resources
15.    How Real Nonprofit Boards Solve Problems
16.    Website Development: Create a Winning Website
17.    A Board Member's Guide to Nonprofit Overhead

Fundraising Deadlines
18.    Grant Opportunities


1.    April Ingle is Greenlaw's Environmental Hero for 2014
GreenLaw is naming GRN's previous Executive Director, April Ingle, as its Environmental Hero for 2014. Ingle was the Executive Director of GRN since 2003 and stepped down after nine years to enter the private consulting community. GreenLaw is hosting its annual Environmental Heroes award celebration on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.  The event will be held at Nelson Mullins on the top floor with stunning views of downtown Atlanta at 201 17th Street at Atlantic Station. The Environmental Heroes event is one of the environmental community’s premiere events with sustainable catering provided by Parsley’s Catering, featuring White Oak Pastures and Sapelo Sea Farms fare, live music from the Tammy Allen Trio and adult libations. The event includes networking, a brief honoree award ceremony and a thank you gift. Sponsorships and tickets for the event may be purchased at Tickets are $250 for a couple and $150 for individuals. If you would like to include congratulations to April in the Environmental Heroes program please contact the Communication Department via e-mail at

2.    Governor’s Water Supply Program Roundup
On August 26, 2014, the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority announced another round of awards from the Governor’s Water Supply Program (GWSP): $26 million in low-interest loans for three expensive reservoirs including at least one that self-identified as ‘un-needed.’  While the GWSP continues to shovel hundreds of millions of dollars into reservoir projects, the state minimizes direct investment in the most cost effective and timely solution: water conservation and efficiency.  With all the money heaped on reservoirs, there is also another modest option on the table worth more study that the Governor’s office has avoided – raising Lake Lanier’s level by two-feet. Read more at our Georgia Water Wire blog here.

3.    Chattahoochee River User’s Guides Now Available!
This is the second book of a series of river guides from Georgia River Network and the University of Georgia Press, which traces the 430-mile course of the Hooch from its headwaters at a spring on Coon Den Ridge near Jacks Knob in northeastern Georgia to its confluence with the Flint River, where they form the Apalachicola River. The Georgia River Network guides provide many little-known facts about Georgia’s rivers, bring to life these rivers’ cultural and natural history, and present river issues in an immersive and engaging manner that will inspire users to help protect their local waterways.

Click here for Chattahooche Guide ordering information.

4.    Four Challengers Cross the Finish Line of the 14 in 2014 Challenge!
Thus far 23 participants have stepped up to the 14 in 2014 Georgia River Challenge and we are excited to announce that Janet Pearson, Patrick Phelps, Marie Short, and Cindy Wolfe are the first to successfully complete the Challenge....

Georgia River Network has challenged Georgians to get out and protect, restore, learn about, recreate and volunteer on Georgia’s rivers with friends and family by attending 14 river related events in 2014.

In order to complete the 14 in 14 Challenge participants must attend 14 events/activities from at least 5 of the following categories:  
•    HIKE - River, Stream or Lakeside Hike
•    ARTS - Water/River Related Visual and Performing Arts Event
•    PADDLE - Paddling Events Sponsored by a River Group
•    CLEANUP - River, Stream or Lake Cleanup Event
•    ADVOCACY - Water/River Related Advocacy Event
•    MONITORING - Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Monitoring Event
•    FUNDRAISER - Water/River Related Festival/Fundraiser
•    WATER TRAIL - Paddle on an established Georgia Water Trail
•    CONFERENCE - Water/River Related Workshop/Conference/Symposium
•    ANNUAL MEETING - Attend a River Group Annual Meeting
•    Become a Member of a River Group

See all of the 14 in 2014 Challenge details here.

5.    Paddle Georgia Canoeathon a Success
The Paddle Georgia Canoeathon was successful in raising over $50,000 for river protection. We had 34 paddlers who participated in this year’s Canoeathon. Special recognition goes to our top fundraisers: Terry Pate ($6,205), John Branch ($6,125), Tom Beman ($5,708.98) and James and Tim Watson ($5,250).  Two of our top fundraisers were very successful in obtaining sponsors for Paddle Georgia which counted toward their totals. Another top fundraiser secured a foundation grant to help put him in the top four. We encourage more paddlers, fishermen, and river enthusiasts to join us in raising funds to protect our beautiful rivers and to think creatively about how to raise those funds (ice bucket challenge anyone?).  It is important to note that while we are extremely grateful for our top fundraisers, we are equally grateful for everyone who participated. All funds raised added up to make a great difference. If all of the Paddle Georgia participants join us and raised just $50, it would add $10,000 to our river protection efforts. Thanks again to our Canoeathon participants and together lets raise over $60,000 next year!

6.    American Rivers Endangered Rivers Nominations 2015
Each year, American Rivers generates a list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers.  They are now accepting nominations from interested groups throughout the United States for their 2015 report.  If you didn’t get to see our 2014 report, please go to:

If you have an endangered river to nominate, please complete this nomination form by Friday, October 31, 2014.

7.    North American Riverprize
A new prize that acknowledges the hard work you are doing on behalf of our waterways! The North American Riverprize will be awarded for the first time in 2015, for excellence in the restoration, protection or management of rivers on the North American continent. The inaugural North American Riverprize is awarded by the International River Foundation (IRF) in partnership with River Network.
The North American Riverprize is judged by a panel of experts and the winner will be announced at River Rally 2015, in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. All finalists are invited to be part of the conference and awards ceremony to share their success stories with the world. 

•    August 20, 2014:  Riverprize applications open
•    October 15, 2014:  Stage one closes
•    November 1, 2014:  Selected applicants invited to proceed to stage 2
•    January 10, 2015:  Stage 2 applications close
•    Late February 2015:  Finalists announced
•    May 1-4, 2015:  Winner announced at River Rally 2015.

Click here for more information and to apply.

8.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Job Announcement
The staff attorney will work closely with CRK’s executive director and general counsel in supporting the work of the Riverkeeper, staff and board. CRK’s staff attorney will be primarily responsible for: handling legal actions in federal, state and administrative courts, typically as co-counsel with outside counsel; preparing comments on proposed regulations and permits; representing the organization at agency and legislative hearings; evaluating and commenting draft legislation; and more. 

Click here for full description of the staff attorney description.

9.    Percentage Night at Terrapin Brewery
When: Thursday, September 18th from 5:30 - 7:30pm
Where: Terrapin Brewery 265 Newton Bridge Rd. Athens, GA
Support the protection and restoration of Georgia's rivers from the mountains to the sea! Join us at Georgia River Network's Percentage Night at Terrapin Brewery’s big outdoor yard. The event will feature lots of fellow river and beer lovers, photo opportunities, and is a perfect place for a game of Frisbee or cornhole. And if that’s not enough of an enticement, there will also be a free brewery tour and special edition Georgia River Network-Terrapin Beer pint glasses available for purchase to use with your beer tasting!

It's a family friendly affair so come on out and have a good time with Georgia River Network! Please mark your calendar and spread the word!

10.    Satilla River Hidden Gems Paddle
When: Novmeber 15, 2014
Where: Satilla River
Giant Magnolia's and Burnt Forts - a Glimpse of the Satilla's Unique Past
Paddle through a moss-draped tunnel and lounge on snow white sand bars on this intimate South Georgia beauty. The event will include lunch and presentations along the route, ranging from natural history, water quality testing, and river cleanups to cultural history, and visual & performing arts. We will also have a post- paddle party and dinner!

$50~Includes Boat Rental, Lunch, and ACA Insurance ($35 kids - 18 and under)
$25~Includes Lunch and ACA Insurance, Bring your own Boat
$15~Includes ACA Insurance, Bring your own Boat and Lunch
*Post-Paddle After Party & Dinner (Dinner tickets must be purchased online).

(Partnering organizations: Georgia River Network, Satilla Riverkeeper, & Off Grid Expeditions)

Click here for more information.

11.    River Network Nonprofit Financial Management Webinar Series
•    Does your budget reinforce your organization's mission and strategic plan?
•    At the beginning of each fiscal year, are you confident that you will be in the black every month?
•    Do you lose sleep worrying about making payroll?
•    Do you scramble at the last minute to put together the financials for a grant report?
•    Do you know the true cost of each staff person to perform an hour's work?
•    Do you worry you've spent project grants funds not covered by the grant?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, River Network's upcoming Nonprofit Financial Management Training series is for you! This program is part of their new Organizational Development Institute.

This five-month training will provide you with webinars, personalized consulting assistance and access to financial management experts on the following topics:

•    Balance sheets
•    Budgets
•    Income and expense statements
•    Revenue projections
•    Time sheets
•    Cash flow tools
•    Accounting manuals
•    Internal controls procedures

Click here for more information and to register for this webinar series.

12.    Soque Fall Celebration and River Ramble
When: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Buy tickets to the 2014 Fall Soque Celebration located at the Historic Habersham Mills. The event is Saturday, October 25th at 6:30pm and includes a Caribbean inspired dinner with jerk chicken, spicy pork and more. For full details visit

And enjoy one of Habersham's original run and walk races, and certainly the most scenic. Dale and Jean Holmes are once again hosting this outstanding 6K in the heart of the Soque Headwaters beginning and ending at Marlan Wilbank's farm just down Chimney Mountain Road behind the Batesville General Store. The event benefits the SRWA and their programs to protect and restore the Soque! You'll get to jog right along the river in the pristine headwaters of the Watershed. It's terrific! The pre-registration deadline is OCTOBER 17th. After that registration increases from $20 to $25. The Ramble will start at the Marlan Wilbanks Farm, 860 Old Chimney Mountain Road, Batesville, GA.  To register and for all the other great details check out the River Ramble website.

13.    CoastFest
When: Sat, October 4, 10am – 4pm
Where: GA DNR, Coastal Regional Headquarters, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520 

CoastFest is an annual festival held on the first Saturday in October on the grounds of the DNR Coastal Regional Headquarters in Brunswick, Georgia. With more than 80 environmental, educational research and resource exhibitors from throughout the southeast providing interactive exhibits and displays, CoastFest visitors of all ages participate in activities from recycling to coastal weather… native plants to sea turtles… water conservation to archeology… herptelogy to geology!

Since 1995, CRD has held CoastFest in support of the three-week national “CoastWeeks” event held in all 50 states to celebrate the nation’s waters and shorelines. The free event highlights Georgia’s unique coastal environment in a family-friendly day of fun and education. For more info on CoastFest, click here.

14.    DuPont Withdraws Surface Mining Application for Wayne Co.
In late May, DuPont submitted a surface mining application to EPD to extract titanium and other heavy minerals from a 4,000 acre tract of land outside the City of Jesup in Wayne County. Thanks to the hard work of Satilla Riverkeeper, Altamaha Riverkeeper and others, on August 19, several hundreds of Wayne County residents gathered at a townhall meeting to discuss the proposed mine (pictured below). Due to numerous concerns, including the threat to private well waters, dust & noise, road traffic, property values and destruction of nearby wetlands, brought forth by nearby residents, DuPont has retracted its application in order to address the concerns of the community. Read more about the issue here. Thanks to the organizations and citizens working on this issue!

15.    How Real Nonprofit Boards Solve Problems
Satilla Riverkeeper Treasurer Clay Montague shared a great story at this year’s Weekend for Rivers about his experience pulling a foundering organization up by its bootstraps.  Here’s a transcript of the talk Clay gave.

16.    Website Development: Create a Winning Site
Get step-by-step instructions here!

17.    A Board Member's Guide to Nonprofit Overhead
Calculating overhead rates and managing overhead expense are important staff roles. Board members are not required to know how do staff accounting work, but do need to bring an informed perspective to their oversight.

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

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