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News Stream
August 2013
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Georgia River Network News Stream
August 2013

1.    There’s Still Time To Secure a Place on Paddle Georgia 2014!
2.    Flint River Bill Threatens Rivers, Property Rights
3.    Nominations Open for 2013 Dirty Dozen List
4.    Use Your Kroger Plus Card to Earn Rewards for GRN
5.    Paddle Challenge 2013
6.    Athens is Getting a Water Trail
7.    Free Rainbarrel Kits! Get’em While They’re Hot!
8.    Water Groups Weigh in on Georgia-Alabama-Florida Tri-State Water Issues

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
9.    Don’t Miss the Savannah Hidden Gems Paddle!
10.    Georgia River Network Percentage Night at Terrapin Brewery
11.    Broad River Watershed Association Annual Meeting
12.    Ogeechee Riverkeeper Annual Meeting
13.    South River Watershed Alliance Tire Round-up and Cleanup
14.    Spring Creek Watershed Partnership Meeting

Nonprofit Resources
15.    FAQ: Building and Maintaining Your Major Donor List
16.    Make Sure Your Advocacy Emails Aren’t Getting Lost in Gmail
17.    How to Make Your Audience Part of Your Presentation

Fundraising Deadlines
18.    New Grant Opportunities


1.    There’s Still Time To Secure A Place on Paddle Georgia 2014!
As a benefit to our Canoe-a-thon participants from 2013, GRN will have a special Paddle Georgia priority registration period before the regular open registration begins in February 2014. There will be at least 275 registration spots available during this period.

How do I qualify for priority registration?
Participants in the 2013 Canoe-a-thon who raise at least $200 before September 15, 2013 or simply write a check or make an online donation for $200+ and let us know that it is your Canoeathon donation, qualify for priority registration. $200 must be raised per adult registration for families/groups to be eligible for priority registration.

Where can I sign up for the Canoe-a-thon?
Sign up for Canoe-a-thon right here!

Why is Georgia River Network doing this?
By participating in the Canoe-a-thon, you help us accomplish two important goals of Paddle Georgia: introducing more people to GRN’s important mission to protect, restore, and enjoy our beautiful rivers, and raising more money to safeguard these precious resources.

What if there are more priority registrants than spots available?
In the event that more people raise $200 than there are priority registration spots, priority registration privileges will be given in order of most raised to least raised. In the event of a tie, the remaining priority registration privileges will be awarded by lottery. We will do our best to ensure that everyone who qualifies gets a spot.

What is the deadline to qualify for priority registration?
September 15, 2013

Sign up today and help us raise critical funding for river protection and join us for Paddle Georgia 2014!

2.    Flint River Bill Threatens Rivers, Property Rights
During the 2013 legislative session, a bill - SB 213 - was introduced as an attempt to revise the Flint River Drought Protection Act of 2000 (FRDPA), which originally set up an irrigation auction to address historic low stream flows. The best parts of SB 213 were designed to manage flows in the lower Flint River’s tributaries to benefit farmers and endangered species.  But even the best revisions were threatened by a poison pill: a dangerous and expensive scheme that threatens to alter fundamental property rights and long-standing Georgia water rights law.

This hugely expensive, billion-dollar scheme proposes to pump water from southwest Georgia rivers or shallow aquifers into wells drilled into deep aquifers, and then pump it back into creeks or rivers, through a process called aquifer storage and recovery or ASR. The water will then be allowed to flow to Florida – while Georgia farmers and other property owners are denied reasonable use of it. This scheme is designed to provide a water trade that will allow Georgia to meet river flow requirements into Florida while allowing Metro Atlanta to use more water and send less downstream. The cost is extremely high - project documents estimate the cost to be between $900 million and $1.2 billion to install approximately 150 wells - and cost an additional $1 million per day in operations and maintenance. Metro Atlanta utility ratepayers, who already pay the highest water bills in the state, were proposed to cover the costs.  Read the entire story about the Flint River bill on page 6 of our print newsletter.

3.    Nominations Open for 2013 Dirty Dozen List
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 neighborhood or region? Is a local, municipal or industrial facility fouling your river?

Then take action! The Georgia Water Coalition (GWC) is accepting nominations for the 2013 Dirty Dozen list. This annual list is 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.

Nominate your issue for the 2013 Dirty Dozen list by submitting this form. Deadline to submit your nomination: Aug. 31.

4.    Use Your Kroger Plus Card to Earn Rewards for GRN
You can now register your Kroger Plus card to earn rewards for Georgia River Network.  If you don’t have a Kroger Plus card, you can get one at the service desk at your local store. Then, register online at to connect your card to Georgia River Network.  Rewards earned on purchases translate into cash donations to Georgia River Network.

• Click on Sign In/Register
• Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
• Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
• You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
• Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
• Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
• Update or confirm your information.
• Enter NPO number (93881) or organization, select Georgia River Network from list and click on confirm.
• To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.

5.    Paddle Challenge 2013
It’s August already, but there’s still time to take 13 people on Georgia’s rivers! Georgia River Network is encouraging river lovers to celebrate Georgia’s rivers – from wild places to urban waterways – by taking 13 people paddling in 2013 who might not otherwise go on their own. To join the list of paddlers participating, send an email to with your name and address to sign up. When you have successfully completed the challenge of taking 13 people paddling on Georgia’s rivers, who otherwise would not go on their own, send in documentation including photos, stories, videos and/or poems about the rivers you explored and with whom.

Click here to learn more about the Paddle Challenges!

6.    Athens is Getting a Water Trail!
Athens water trails were highlighted in the July 9th issue of the Flagpole weekly newspaper. Local efforts to build a water trail on the north Oconee River as well the benefits of water trails to communities and local economies are discussed.

If you are interested in getting involved in the development of the water trail, water quality monitoring, and /or river cleanups please contact the Upper Oconee Watershed Network

Read the full article by Flagpole Magazine.

7.    Free Rainbarrel Kits! Get’em While They’re Hot!
River Network has a dwindling supply of rain barrel retrofit kits available to River Network Partners – for free!

•    Limit of 10 per organization
•    You must not have received free kits from River Network in the past year
•    You need to have a reliable supply of barrels for retrofitting, preferably Coca-Cola syrup drums
•    Your River Network Partner dues must be current

First come, first served. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Request deadline is Friday Aug 23.

If you have any questions (don’t have a Coke bottler contact but want one; don’t have a rain barrel program but would like to start one; what’s a rain barrel?), feel free to send an email to Matt Burke.

8.    Water Groups Weigh in on Georgia-Alabama-Florida Tri-State Water Issues
Water advocates throughout Georgia and Alabama co-authored a letter to the U.S. Senate in response to last month's meeting of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works that focused on the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa and Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basins.

The letter, sent to committee co-chairs and Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and David Vitter (R-La.) , touched on a number of water-related issues that are facing the region, from the tri-state water conflict and proposed reservoir projects to water management among the states, and recent efforts to affect flow augmentation in southwest Georgia. "The Corp must address and prioritize competing requirements for water resources identified under each state's water management programs," said the letter. "... The Corps should also analyze current proposals to augment flows in the Flint River Basin with aquifer storage and recovery projects, including transferring water among aquifers in southwest Georgia."

Click here to download the letter, which was co-authored by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Alabama Rivers Alliance, American Rivers, Coosa Riverkeeper, Coosa River Basin Initiative, Flint Riverkeeper, Georgia River Network and the Southern Environmental Law Center.

9.    Don’t Miss the Savannah River Hidden Gems Paddle!
GRN is partnering with Georgia Kayak Fishing-Paddle 4 Tomorrow & Savannah Riverkeeper to show paddlers the Savannah River’s hidden gem: the river’s last remaining shoal! The paddle will include lunch and presentations along the route, ranging from natural history and water quality testing to river clean-up training and kayak fishing.
When: Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: North Augusta, SC
Register for the Savannah Hidden Gems paddle HERE!

10.    GRN Percentage Night at Terrapin Brewery
When:  Thursday, September 19th from 5:30 - 7:30pm
Where:  Terrapin Brewery 265 Newton Bridge Rd. Athens, GA 30607
Why:  To support the protection restoration of Georgia rivers from the mountains to the sea!

Come on out and support Georgia River Network at the Terrapin Brewery in Athens, Georgia! Terrapin’s big outdoor yard 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 free brewery tours 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!

11.    Broad River Watershed Association Annual Meeting
When: Saturday, August 17, 9:30am – 4:00pm
Where: Camp Kiwanis Nature Center, 2613 Old Wildcat Bridge Road, Danielsville, GA
Description: Join Broad River Watershed Alliance for the 2013 BRWA Annual Meeting on Saturday, August 17th at Camp Kiwanis! Hear updates on BRWA activities including stream monitoring, the beginnings of a Water Trail for the Broad River, and a special presentation by Sarah Spradlin on her award-winning Agri-Science Fair project.  After lunch, Kate Mowbray of Sandy Creek Nature Center will conduct Adopt-A-Stream Training for Chemical Water Quality Sampling. The event will include coffee and continental breakfast, business meeting, and Adopt-A-Stream Chemical Training. Questions? Email at or call Jean Smith at (706) 783-2308.

12.    Ogeechee Riverkeeper’s Annual Meeting
When: Saturday September 28, 11am - 2pm
Where: Old Freeman Family Farm, 626 Scarboro Hwy, Sylvania, GA 30467
Tickets:  In Advance- $20/adult and $15/student under 15
At the Door- $30/adult and $20/student under 15

Learn about ORK's successes in 2012 as well as the challenges ahead. Guest speaker and family-friendly activities for everyone! Covered Dish, Meat & Drinks provided.

Click HERE to purchase ORK tickets online. 

13.    South River Watershed Alliance Tire Roundup and Cleanup
When: September 7, 9:00 AM
Help remove tires and trash from the South River at Panola Shoals and Constitution Lakes. Volunteer for a few hours or stay all day. Event begins at 9:00 a.m. The first 25 volunteers at each site will receive a free Rivers Alive t-shirt.   Call Jackie 404-285-3756 with questions.

14.    Spring Creek Watershed Partnership Meeting
When: Thursday, August 29th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Pirate’s Cove Restaurant, Colquitt, GA
RSVP to 229-723-3841 or

15.    FAQ: Building and Maintaining Your Major Donor List
This month GRN Director of Development Davin Welter tells us how to start a major donor program. Click here to read Davin's answer!

16.    Make Sure Your Advocacy Emails Aren’t Getting Lost in Gmail
If you are a Gmail user, you have probably noticed those new tabs in your inbox -- like "Primary," "Promotions," and "Updates." (If you haven't seen them yet, you will soon.)

Now some of you might love this new organization of your inbox, that's great! But many important advocacy emails  could get lost in the commotion of all these new tabs.

So, if you are a Gmail user, get all the updates from your favorite causes by following this advice.
17.    How to Make Your Audience Part of Your Presentation
Use your Audience--not Power Point--as a crutch and make your presentations AWESOME!

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

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