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March 2016
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Georgia River Network News Stream

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1. Land Added to Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
A national land conservation group working to protect land for public use says 47 acres have been added to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in nearby Sugar Hill. 

The San Francisco-based Trust for Public Land and the National Park Service announced details of the land acquisition. The Trust for Public Land says the additional 47 acres along the Chattahoochee will nearly complete an eight-mile corridor of conserved public land along the river.

Curt Soper, the trust's Georgia state director, said protecting the land from development will give people more access to the river and the outdoors.
It's the second Chattahoochee River conservation project completed by the trust last month following a 133-acre addition to public lands near the river in Johns Creek. Read the full article HERE.

2. One Hundred Miles is Hiring!
One Hundred Miles is dedicated to preserving and enhancing Georgia’s 100-mile coast. They are an advocacy organization, building public support for this mission through collaboration, celebration and education. One Hundred Miles is seeking an Office Assistant to provide support for organizational administration and operations. The Office Assistant is necessary to maintain business operations that are essential to the organization long-term health and sustainability.
This position is part time (20 hours/week) and reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The position is eligible for investment in the organization’s retirement plan, but health benefits are not included in the employment package. The office is located in downtown Brunswick, Georgia.
Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to:
Megan Desrosiers
Chief Executive Officer One Hundred Miles

P.O. Box 2056
Brunswick, Georgia 31521

3. Spring on the Satilla Kayak Raffle -You Don't have to be Present to Win!
Spring on the Satilla is SOLD OUT but you can still win a new Santee 116 Sport Kayak in the Spring on the Satilla Kayak Raffle from Georgia River Network and Satilla Riverkeeper! The drawing will be held April 2 during Spring on the Satilla. You don't have to be present to win! Tickets are $10 each or 15 for $100. All proceeds benefit SRK and GRN. Purchase tickets now online.

4. Water Drop Dash 
March 19th, 8am - 4pm
Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell, GA
What: Looking for a fun, active way to get involved in the fight for clean water? Join the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper in the Water Drop Dash on March 19 for a 5k along the Chattahoochee River at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, GA. The race begins at 8 a.m., followed by a kid’s fun run at 8:45 a.m., and ends with an awards ceremony and water festival at 9:00 a.m.
The race is a Peachtree Qualifier for those who love to run and compete!
To learn more, click HERE

5. Paddle Etowah
March 19th, 2pm – 8pm
Where: Etowah River near Dawsonville
What: This 8-mile paddle sponsored by Coosa River Basin Initiative supporter, The Outside World, takes you through Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area and past Shoal Creek, the proposed site of a massive dam & reservoir project that would impact flows on the Etowah and habitat for endangered fish species.
This trip is free to CRBI members. Non-members can join when you register. Canoe and kayak rentals are available. To register, join CRBI and/or reserve your boat click HERE.

6. Augusta Roast on the River
When: March 19th, 9pm – midnight
Where: 328 Riverfront Dr, Augusta, GA 30901, USA
What: Join Savannah Riverkeeper for the 4th annual Roast on the River! They're hosting this memorable event for the first time at the new headquarters, you guessed it, right on the river in downtown Augusta, GA. As always, there will be Bluffton Oysters, low country boil, Sweetwater brews, live music and a sweet silent auction full of outdoor items. ​Last year's event completely sold out, get your tickets today!
Tickets are $35 for single and $60 for a couples ticket. SRK members get $5 off single tickets or $10 off a couple.For tickets and more information, click HERE.

7. Paddle Georgia 2016 - 400 People, 103 Miles, 7 days and 1 Great Time! 

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When: June 18-24, 2016
Where: Oostanaula, Coosa and Conasauga Rivers
What: Paddle Georgia 2016 returns to north Georgia on the Oostanaula, Coosa and Conasauga rivers for a journey from Dalton to Rome. Join us as we spend the week paddling and camping with meals, games, entertainment and educational programs!

Registrations will be taken until the trip is sold out at which time a waiting list will be started. Visit the Paddle Georgia 2016 website to register or learn more!

Outside World Outfitters has donated a Perception Tribe 9.5 Kayak for a Paddle GA Canoeathon prize which will get awarded to one of our top fundraisers in the canoeathon
Raise Money for Rivers by starting your own Canoe-a-thon 2016 Campaign!
Last year, Paddle Georgia participants helped Georgia River Network raise more than $31,000 for river protection through the Paddle Georgia Canoe-a-thon. Those funds are being used now to lobby state legislators to protect our water, help build water trails, and aid local river protection groups in identifying and eliminating pollution problems.
This year, we want to top $40,000 through the Canoe-a-thon. Please help us reach that goal by starting your fundraising NOW! Create your online fundraising page HERE.
As always, we will have great prizes for the top fundraisers, and if you are among the top 200 people that raise at least $300, you will be eligible for priority registration for Paddle Georgia 2017...on a river to be named soon!

2016 Sponsors to Date 
Hennessy Land Rover Centres; Dalton Utilities; Columbia Sportswear Company; AGL Resources; Stormwater Systems; e Outdoor Foundation; Cary Baxter,
CPA; CYA Agency, Inc.; Oglethorpe Power; Streamtechs; Terry Pate, PC, CPA; Shaw Industries; Mohawk Carpet Foundation; China Clay Producers Association; RS Industrial; EarthShare of Georgia

American Canoe Association, Café Campesino, Coosa River Basin Initiative, Georgia Canoe Association, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, Project Wet 

8. Hidden Gem Paddle Excursions
Save the date for excursions to rediscover some of the hidden gems on Georgia’s waterways. Each river trip includes lunch and presentations along the route, ranging from natural history and water quality testing to cultural history and river cleanups.
July 31: Coosawattee River Hidden Gem Paddle to Farm to Table – Experience a 9-mile section of this north Georgia gem and up-and-coming Water Trail with Georgia River Network, Coosa River Basin Initiative, and Georgia Organics. We will also visit Riverview Farms, an organic farm on the banks of the river where we will enjoy a gourmet lunch from the farm's fields. The trip ends at a privately-owned Native American archaeological site. Ticket price includes a signed copy of Suzanne Welander's 'Canoe and Kayak Georgia' Guidebook!
Sept. 17-18: Lower Oconee Hidden Gem Paddle & Campout 
Spend a weekend exploring this up-and-coming Water Trail on the Fall Line of middle Georgia! Georgia River Network is partnering with the Altamaha Riverkeeper and Lower Oconee Water Trail, for this exciting two day paddle, dinner party, & campout on the Oconee river in Milledgeville, GA. 
Mark your calendar - Registration coming soon! 

9. Georgia Trail Summit 2016
April 14-16, 2016
Where: Carrollton, GA
What:  Now in its third year, the Georgia Trail Summit convenes in Carrollton on April 14, 15 and 16. The conference is open to everyone interested in creating a connected trail system across the state. Tanner Health System is the lead sponsor.
- 25 sessions over 2 days
- 8 mobile workshops
- 2 parties
Georgia trails are increasingly popular in communities large and small.  "Across the state, trails encourage healthy lifestyles; offer inexpensive, clean transportation choices; serve as economic development catalysts for increased tourism, property values and sales tax revenues and enhance quality of life for everyone," remarks Tracie Sanchez, volunteer chair of the Georgia Trail Summit. The Summit features 25 presentations from trail professionals in every discipline, and eight mobile workshops will get people outside on nearby water trails, cycling trails, mountain biking trails, parks and the Carrollton GreenBelt.
GRN Community Programs Coordinator, Gwyneth Moody, City Planner of Tallapoosa, Patrick Clarey, and Georgia Canoeing Association,  Dan MacIntyre, will be leading the Water Trail Mobile Workshop on the Dub Denman Canoe Trail on the Tallapoosa River!
View the full schedule of the 2016 Georgia Trail Summit and register today. 

10. Workshop: Introduction to Proposal Grant Writing
When: March 23 10:30am-12:00 pm  
Where: Foundation Center-Atlanta, 133 Peachtree St NE, Lobby Suite 350
Atlanta, GA 30303
What: Join GrantSpace - a  Service of Foundation Center to learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. 
It will include:
  • The basic elements of a proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no
Learn more and register for FREE.

11. Webinar: How to Write a Bulletproof Grant Budget
Join Diane Leonard for her 90 minute interactive nonprofit webinar on March 16th or March 22nd to learn the steps of developing a grant budget, the best ways to approach a variety of grant maker required budget forms and how to write and develop a grant budget when the grant maker does not provide a required format. The course is beginner level and costs $87. To learn more, click HERE.

12. Webinar: A Recipe for Effective River & Watershed Organizations
There are six key ingredients that can help your organization become more effective, more sustainable and have greater impact on your rivers in 2016!
A Recipe for Effective River and Watershed Organizations is a series of six (6), 90-minute webinars to help Executive Directors and Board leaders implement best practices in six essential areas (the key ingredients!) of nonprofit management. Over the course of this webinar series, they'll walk you through the recipe - and provide you with useful tools and templates so you can apply what you've learned. Click HERE to sign up for individual webinars or the whole series.

13. Free Webcast: Data Privacy: Protecting Personal Information Collected by Nonprofits
Nonprofit organizations collect, store, and use personal information from members, donors, employees, volunteers, business associates, and the constituents they serve. This webinar will address data privacy risks, obligations, and best practices, focusing on electronic data, but applicable also to "paper" records. They will discuss:
  • Prudent information governance;
  • Data breach and incident response; and
  • Risk mitigation and "cyberliability" insurance. 
Wednesday, March 16 at 10am

Presenter: Candice DeCaire and Troutman Sanders.

Click HERE to watch the webcast live on March 16th.

14. Enhancing Recreation, Protecting Rivers
Many of you may be comfortable talking to audiences in your current network – but expanding your message and reaching new audiences outside your normal comfort zone can be challenging and a bit frustrating. Join American Rivers Blue Trails and learn more about effective communications on Tuesday, March 22nd at 1 pm ET. Click HERE to reserve your spot today.

15. Communication Through Social Networks
This is sort of a new thing for most of us--this using THE INTERNET to communicate with our members, volunteers and donors.  Sure--we've been using e-mail to communicate since the 1990's, but in the past few years, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, and e-mail services like Constant Contact and Vertical Response (not to mention hundreds of other little gadgets and doohickeys) have taken the wheel.  And left a lot of us behind.

Visit the Georgia River Network website to learn more about how to utilize social media to communicate with members, volunteers and donors!

16. Environmental Education Local Grants Program
The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Grants Program is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.

The closing date and time for receipt of proposal submissions is April 8, 2016, 11:59pm in order to be considered for funding. Proposal packages must be submitted electronically through
Learn more HERE. 

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