Georgia River Network News Stream
1. “Hundreds Take Part in 103-Mile Paddle Georgia Trip” – Forsyth County News
Earlier this month, hundreds of people armed with their kayaks or canoes waded into the waters of the Conasauga and Oostanaula Rivers in North Georgia for a 103-mile journey.
It was part of the Paddle Georgia trip, which took participants from Dawsonville to Rome.
While many people from all across the state of Georgia and beyond participated, several Hall County residents climbed into their kayaks and paddled along the waterways. Pete and Cheryl Smith of Flowery Branch were two of them.
Cheryl kayaked all seven days of the trip, while Pete joined Paddle Georgia Lite, participating in only the first two days.
“I will do every one I can for as long as I can,” Cheryl said, who loves going on the trip and has completed it five times.
Read more at Forsyth County News.
2. Did You Miss Paddle GA this Year? Check out the Blogs and Photos to See What FUN We Had!
Thanks to all 430+ river supporters who made #PaddleGA2016 an AWESOME SUCCESS! Check out the Paddle Georgia Photo Album and Blogs and tag your friends and family in these photos!
Georgia River Network would like to give a special SHOUT OUT to all of the folks who made this trip possible including GRN and Coosa River Basin Initiative staff, board members, our Canoe-a-thoners, and countless volunteers, and our wonderful sponsors:
AGL Resources, AR Motorsports, Columbia Sportswear, CYA Agency, Inc., Dalton Utilities, Georgia Mining Association, Inside CNN Studio Tour, Maxxis International, David Minnich, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Patagonia, Bonny Putney, RS Industrial Inc., Shaw Industries, Sole Source Electrical Contractors, Storm Water Systems, StreamTechs, LLC, and Don Wright.
Paddle Georgia 2017 will be on the Etowah River June 17-23! Mark your calendars and plan on registering in early February. We expect this 100-plus mile journey from Dawsonville to Rome to be very popular.
3. GA Water Coalition Now Accepting Nominations for 2016 "Dirty Dozen"
The GWC is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Dirty Dozen list. The Georgia Water Coalition publishes the annual Dirty Dozen list as a call to action, highlighting the worst offenses to Georgia’s water—offenses that are the consequences of an under-funded state environmental agency and a lack of political will to aggressively enforce laws that protect our water, land, air and people.
Is your watershed beset by ongoing problems that local, state, or federal authorities fail to correct?
Does a land development, water supply or other major proposed project threaten a special place in your community or region?
Is a local, municipal or industrial facility fouling your river?
If the answer is yes, nominate your issue for the 2016 Dirty Dozen list. To submit your nomination, please read and complete this form. Deadline to submit your nomination: August 12.
4. “GRN plans Float on the Flint” - The Citizen
This fall, river lovers will have the opportunity to explore Southwest Georgia’s scenic Flint River during Georgia River Network’s (GRN) Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint, a three-day, 56-mile canoe and kayak journey set for Oct. 8-10.
This will be the third year that the statewide river advocacy group has offered this trip in conjunction with Flint Riverkeeper, and organizers are expecting at least 150 paddlers to make the journey.
Registration fees are $325 for adults, $280 for youth age 8-17 and $140 for children age 7 and younger.
Registration fees include catered breakfasts, lunches and dinners for three days, camping privileges, shuttle services, event t-shirt and decal, maps and guides, entertainment and educational programs and a year’s membership in GRN.
“We keep returning to the Flint each fall because it is such a popular trip,” said Joe Cook, Paddle Georgia coordinator, “The Flint is unlike any other south Georgia river. It’s limestone bluffs, lively shoals and blue hole springs surprise most first-timers and keep others coming back to experience it again and again.”
Register here and read the full article at The Citizen.
5. River Network Research & Communications Assistant Job Opening
River Network seeks a motivated and committed individual to join their team on a part-time basis to assist with research, writing and outreach related to their programmatic work in the areas of: 1. Science & Policy and 2. Urban Waters. The Outreach & Communications Assistant will assist with a variety of work to support our current projects and must be willing to be flexible and able to juggle several different projects simultaneously.
To learn more and apply, contact Diana Toledo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Is Your Organization Effectively Getting Its Message out? Improve Your Reach! Take the Perfect Outreach Project Training Workshop
When: August 9th
Where: Plaza Conference Room - Chattahoochee Nature Center
Cost: $30 ticket includes lunch
On time, on budget, on message. So easy to say. So hard to do. In this training series, you will learn how outreach projects can go wrong -- and how to reduce your risk of a self-inflicted disappointment. The Perfect Outreach Project series provides a practical introduction to the art and science of "project management" -- leading teams of people to successful outreach outcomes.
Part 1. Constructive Committees & Securing Signoffs. Study the hilarious example of the worst outreach project ever -- and what mistakes caused the committee to tie themselves up in frustrating knots. Then you will learn how your team can work together to avoid the same fate.
Part 2. "Role" Up Your Sleeves. "Role" with the Punches. Don’t do it all yourself! Get the most out of the people on your team -- and learn where to find people who have the skills that you need at a price you can afford. Even if that that price is “free.”
Part 3. Chickens and Eggs. Overwhelmed by deadlines? There’s a cure for that. In this session, you will get tips for breaking big projects into manageable pieces. And you will learn what to say to secure cooperation from whomever is holding you up.
Sponsored by Georgia River Network, Water Words that Work and the Chattahoochee Nature Center.
Learn more and register here.
7. Lower Oconee Hidden Gem Paddle & Campout
When: Sept 17-18
Spend a weekend exploring this up-and-coming Water Trail on the Fall Line of middle Georgia with Georgia River Network, Altamaha Riverkeeper, and the Lower Oconee Water Trail Partnership!
The two day event will include a scrumptious lunch on Saturday with presentations along the route, ranging from flora/fauna, water health, and river cleanups to cultural history, and visual & performing arts, followed by an afternoon and evening filled with fun activities such as a yoga class, scavenger hunt, nature trivia, corn hole, live music, drum circle, campfires, and a festive Low Country Boil dinner provided by Altamaha Riverkeeper. Paddlers will wake up on Sunday to a hot breakfast before heading back out on the river for a leisurely float to the take out.
We will be paddling near the sites of revolution-era forts, through antebellum shipping routes, and through a diverse and rich mix of terrestrial and aquatic habitats including those of the blossoming Cherokee Rose, bald eagles, osprey, kingfishers, river otters, alligator gar, as well the threatened Altamaha Shiner, Altamaha Arcmussel, Oconee Burrowing Crayfish and endangered Robust Redhorse.
Beginners are welcome and rental boats available upon request. This will be a fun event for the whole family!
Special thanks to our sponsors: Blackbird Coffee, Oconee Outfitters, Taylor’s Restrooms 2 Go, and Tentsational.
Bring your friends and family ~ Beginners welcome ~ No paddling experience necessary!
8. Fall Float on the Flint
When: Oct 8-10, 2016
Where: Albany to Bainbridge, GA
Join Georgia River Network and Flint Riverkeeper on Columbus Day weekend for a voyage down the Flint River that would fill Christopher Columbus with envy.
Travel 56 miles 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 the annual week-long Paddle Georgia events, paddlers will tent camp on the river two nights at Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat. Participants will enjoy catered meals, educational programs and great camaraderie while they make their way down one of Georgia's most beautiful rivers during a beautiful time of year.
9. WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition
When: October 5-7
Where: South Point Hotel and Conference Center, Las Vegas
Water professionals from around the globe will meet in Las Vegas to share their expertise and experiences in urban water efficiency at the 9th annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition.
Recognized as the world's preeminent urban water efficiency conference and exposition, WSI is presented by the Southern Nevada Water Authority in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense Program, the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the American Water Works Association, and other leading national and international organizations.
Find out more at the WaterSmart Innovations website.
10. Fundamentals of Stream Morphology and Ecology Assessment Workshop
When: October 26-28, 2016
Where: Auburn, Alabama
This 3-day workshop introduces concepts of fluvial geomorphology and stream processes related to channel and floodplain formation, bankfull stage identification, regional hydraulic geometry curves, applications of the Rosgen classification system for natural streams in the Southeast, and assessment tools for stream morphological and ecological conditions.
Morning classroom sessions are followed by afternoon field sessions where students work in small groups to measure stream physical and ecological conditions. Students will learn to calculate stream morphology relationships for channel dimension, pattern, and profile by hand and using a spreadsheet. Students will also learn about field techniques for measuring streambank erosion, pebble count techniques for substrate analysis, and channel ecogeomorphology assessment of reference and impaired streams.
11. Allatoona to Leake Mound Site Paddle, and Oostanuala River Paddles
Allatoona to Leake Mound Site
When: Sat, July 23, 1pm – 8pm
Where: Etowah River near Cartersville
Join Coosa River Basin Initiative for this 10-mile journey that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Clear water flowing from Lake Allatoona carries you around historic Thompson Weinman Dam, across Native American fish weirs, and past the Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site where you'll stop for a tour.
Oostanaula River Paddle
When: Sat, August 6, 10am – 5pm
Where: Oostanaula River near Armuchee
Join Coosa River Basin Initiative on this 10-mile journey through a beautiful stretch of Northwest Georgia's Ridge and Valley landscape. While ridges rise in the horizon in the distance, on the river, you'll likely find much evidence of the river's healthy mussel diversity. Shells will be easy to find.
For more information and to register for these paddles, visit Coosa River Basin Initiative's paddle event page.
12. glo's Red Hill River (of Brotherhood) Art Performance on the Chattahoochee
Join Chattahoochee NOW as they support an immensely valuable art performance- glo’s Red Hill River (of Brotherhood)- a migratory experience that occurs during 15 days in July in hidden spaces along the Chattahoochee River in the City of Atlanta. All performances are free to the public, with free parking available at each performance site.
July 16, 2016
1-2:30pm: Trolley Sub-Station, Marietta & Bolton Rd. Atlanta
7-9pm: Forgotten Playground at Whetstone Creek Trail, 2268 Adams Dr. NW Atlanta
July 22 and July 24, 2016
6-8pm: Standing Peachtree, 2630 Ridge Wood Rd. Atlanta
13. Savannah Riverkeeper's Summer Paddle Series
Enjoy outings with Savannah Riverkeeper on various locations of the Savannah River. Open to canoes, kayaks and standup paddleboards.
- July 24 11:30AM - St. Augustine Creek Paddle
- July 26 6PM - Stevens Creek Paddle
- August 9 6PM - Horse Creek Paddle
- August 21 10AM - Turner Creek Paddle
- Sep. 6 6PM - North Augusta Paddle
Learn more and register here.
14. Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Discovery Series - Jones Bridge to Island Ford
When: July 23 9AM-2PM
Where: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Join Chattahoochee Riverkeeper for this paddle beginning on one of the most scenic sections in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. This journey on the Chattahoochee will be an easy paddle with few riffles. River Otter and Osprey are occasionally spotted along this section and Great Blue Herons and Red Tailed Hawks are common. In addition to wildlife, enjoy late summer wildflowers.
Learn more HERE.
15. Kayak Classes GA - What to Do When Your Boat Turns Over
When: Sat, July 23, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Where: CRNRA Johnson Ferry Park, Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GAThis safety/intermediate course will review the basics of paddling and will teach several different ways to deal with a swamped kayak, both in still deep water and in moving water. A little amount of paddling experience is preferred but not required. A boat, paddle and PFD will be provided if you do not have one.
Bring food and water. Cost is $125 per person.
Click here for more information and to register.
16. Free Summer Rain Barrel Workshop
When: Sat, July 23, 10am – 11am
Where: West Broad Farmers Market, 1753 W. Broad St., Athens, GA
Learn about the role of rain barrels in reducing water pollution and conserving water, and how you can use rain barrels in your own home at this free workshop. Anyone can attend; however, they have a limited number of barrels, so only registered participants will receive a voucher for a free barrel after attending the workshop.
Please email Cecile Riker at email@example.com to reserve your spot or be put on the waiting list.
17. Georgia Water Coalition Partner Meeting
When: Wed, July 27, 9am – 4pm
Where: Georgia Wildlife Federation's Alcovy Center, 11600 Hazelbrand Rd NE, Covington, GA
The next Georgia Water Coalition Partner Meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 27th. Registration begins at 8:15AM on Wednesday morning in the Georgia Wildlife Federation Conference Center. The GWC Partner meeting will begin at 9AM. We will be updating the 2015 GWC Biennial Report: Recommendations for a Healthy Water Future.
For more information, please register online!
18. Broad River Watershed Association Riverfest
When: Sat, August 6, 12am – Mon, August 8, 12am
Where: Camp Kiwanis, 2613 Old Wildcat Bridge Road, Danielsville, GA
Join Broad River Watershed Association for this music fest with tubing run. General Admission is $20 per person. $10 extra rents a tube from 12AM-6PM and you can use it in the race at 6PM $5 bucks extra to camp. $10 extra for bunk in camp cabin w/AC.
For more information, band line-up and for tickets visit the BRWA Riverfest event page.
19. Lorraine Park Paddle
When: Sat, August 6, 9am – 2pm
Where: Lorraine Park (Hwy 138)
Join the South River Watershed Alliance for this 6.5 mile paddle from Lorraine Park to Oglesby Bridge Road in Rockdale County.
Cost is $45 per person and include cost of canoe, insurance, and lunch.
Find out more at the South River Watershed Alliance event page.
20. North Helen Cleanup & Picnic
When: Sat, August 13, 8am – 5pm
Where: Helen, GA
Help Chattahoochee Riverkeeper beautify the banks of the Chattahoochee and it’s headwater tributaries in the Mark Trail Wilderness Area just north of Helen. Forest Rd. 44 travels along the river through the Chattahoochee Wildlife Management area. Cleanup sites along the forest road and gather for a picnic lunch at the Chattahoochee Campground next to the river.
Visit the North Helen Cleanup page for more information.
21. Water Conservation Tracking Tool Webinar
When: Thursday, July 28, 2016, 12 p.m.
Whether you’re new to planning conservation programs or looking to build on current efforts, getting the maximum water savings out of every dollar invested is critical. The Alliance for Water Efficiency will soon launch Version 3 of its Water Conservation Tracking Tool, a state-of-the-art planning model used by water managers that can evaluate the water savings, costs and benefits of conservation programs for your water utility.
In this not-to-be-missed webinar, AWE's Bill Christiansen and Mary Ann Dickinson will go over the Tracking Tool's brand new features. The Tracking tool is free for use by AWE members in good standing, and the webinar is free of charge to the general public.
Find out more information on this webinar at the Alliance for Water Efficiency's website.
22. Better Together! Lessons Learned Webinar - From a Local Conservation Organization Merger
When: July 27, 2016 at 1:00pm
The merger between the Rivanna Conservation Society and StreamWatch became official on January 1, 2016. Two organizations found value in joining forces -- and a funder helped facilitate the process.
In this webinar, you will learn why and how the organizations merged, and what they would do differently if they could do it over again. And you will review how the two organizations arrived at a new name, logo, and mission that satisfied the board and appealed to the public.
Click here for more information.
23. Smart Irrigation Month - Water Provider Resource Toolkit
July is Smart Irrigation Month, which brings together irrigation companies, landscape and agricultural professionals, and water providers to promote water-use efficiency. The Irrigation Association is leading this initiative by providing resources to promote water-wise practices. Their Water Provider Resource Toolkit offers free materials that water suppliers can use to advocate for conservation in their communities, including educational articles, sample press releases, and social media tips.
To access this valuable resource, go to the Smart Irrigation Month webpage!
24. Abelard Foundation East
Abelard Foundation East is a family foundation with a 40-year history of progressive funding. The Foundation is committed to supporting social change organizations which reflect, through membership or grassroots participation, the communities in which they are based; expand community control over economic, social and environmental decisions affecting the community's well-being; and build a strong informed voice on public policy issues. The Foundation's eastern office reviews applications for organizations east of the Mississippi. The eastern office accepts proposals throughout the year. Applications mailed by September 15th will be reviewed for the fall meeting.
Go to the Abelard Foundation's website for more information.
25. Merck Family Fund
The goal of the Merck Family Fund’s Sustaining Our Environment program is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to create policies for sustainable production practices. To meet this goal, the Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following three priority areas: Promoting Energy Efficiency, Conserving Ecologically Valuable Land, and Making Paper Production Sustainable. To promote energy efficiency, the Fund supports state and regional policies in the Northeast and Southeast that provide incentives and subsidies for energy efficiency implementation. To conserve ecologically valuable land, the Fund provides grants for land conservation projects in the Southeast. To make paper production sustainable, the Fund seeks to increase the rates of recycled paper in large paper sectors, reduce sourcing from endangered forests, and maximize clean production.
Letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year. For the November 2016 grant cycle, letters of interest are due by July 18, 2016 and the full proposal by August 1, 2016.
Visit the Merck Family Fund’s website to learn more about the Sustaining Our Environment program.
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