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News Stream
March 2013
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Georgia River Network News Stream
March 2013

1.    Register Now for Weekend for Rivers!
2.    Georgia Water Wire: Year of the Flint
3.    Georgia Water Coalition Legislative Update
4.    GRN Photo Contest
5.    GRN Internships Available

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
6.    Paddle Challenges 2013
7.    GRN 4 Seasons Paddles - Save the Date!
8.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Sweep the Hooch
9.    7th Annual Urban Forestry Festival
10.    EcoFocus Film Fest
11.    River Rally 2013

Nonprofit Resources
12.    FAQ: Monitoring and Collecting Data for EPD
13.    Haters Gonna Hate
14.    10 Biggest Board Member and ED Mistakes

Fundraising Deadlines
15.    New Grant Opportunities


1.   Register NOW for Weekend for Rivers!
Weekend for Rivers is approaching fast, and we want to see you there, too!  And you can go ahead and register now!  Join us April 6-7 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, GA for a weekend of inspiration, education and connections with folks who love Georgia’s rivers as much as you! Click here for more information about the event!

You’re not going to want to miss all the fun!
•    Over 30 presenters with offerings ranging from policy updates to poetry, music to meditation. Click here to view the compete agenda.
•    A great party with drinks from Sweetwater Brewery, music by our DJ, a silent auction, our famous Paddle Georgia Port-a-Potty Auction, and fun.  River celebration awards will be presented to Jerry McCollum, Keith Parsons, Richard Milligan, and South River Watershed Association.
•    Camping at the Chattahoochee Nature Center!
•    A Mini Paddle Georgia! Paddle with us from Johnson Ferry to Paces Mill (~6.5 miles)on the beautiful Chattahoochee! Bring your own boat or paddle in a raft with a National Park Service ranger from Powers Ferry to Paces Mill (~3 miles). For more information on the raft trip, call or email Jesslyn: 706.549.4508,

Thanks to our sponsors!
Chattahoochee Nature Center, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (NPS), Patagonia, Stormwater Systems, Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center,  Georgia Wildlife Federation, The Rain Barrel Depot, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Bud & Mary Freeman, The Outside World, Flint Riverkeeper, Barefoot Wine, GreenLaw, Coosa River Basin Initiative, Broad River Watershed Association, Upper Oconee Watershed Network, Georgia Lakes Society, Chattahoochee RiverWarden

2.    Georgia Water Wire: Year of the Flint
Senate Bill 213 officially opened up the Flint River Drought Protection Act (FRDPA) for revision, and the Senate Natural Resources and Environment committee moved the bill forward to the Senate Rules Committee before it heads to the full Senate for a floor vote.  SB 213 is fatally flawed in current form and must be amended or defeated. Click here to read more about the Flint River Drought Protection Act.

3.    Georgia Water Coalition Legislative Update
Want to know what’s going on in the legislative session this month? The Georgia Water Coalition has a great roundup you can check in with anytime during the session.

4.    GRN Photo Contest
Each month we will have a different theme and invite you to send us a photo that you think best represents the topic of the month. The March photo contest theme is "Photo of a river problem that needs to be fixed".  Click here to learn more and submit your photos. Or, click here to visit a slideshow of the February entries on our home page.

5.    GRN Internships Available
GRN has internships available. Click here for details on the interships.

6.    Paddle Challenge 2013
Every year Georgia River Network devises a new challenge, and 2012 was the year to paddle 12 different Georgia rivers.  In 2013, 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.

Click here to learn more about the Paddle Challenge.

7.    4 Seasons Paddles - Save the Date!
Join GRN for the 4 Seasons Paddles in 2013:
May 18: Chattahoochee Watershed with West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Keeping it Wild & Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
August 4: Etowah River Paddle and Etowah River User’s Guide Book Launch Party with Coosa River Basin Initiative
Sept. 7: Central Savannah Watershed Paddle with Georgia Kayak Fishing-Paddle 4 Tomorrow & Savannah Riverkeeper
Nov. 16: Altamaha River Watershed Paddle with Off Grid Expeditions, Rivers Alive & Altamaha Riverkeeper

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!

8.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s  Sweep the Hooch
For the third year, CRK is gearing up for another BIG cleanup on April 13! While it’s obvious to most that river cleanups improve the quality of our water, they do much more than that. Cleanups are also a great way to develop a sense of “river community” – this is your chance to volunteer and be part of this community.

CRK, National Park Service and Trout Unlimited have joined together to organize this multi-site cleanup within the 48 miles of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. They’ll be tackling 13 Park Units and paddling eight segments.

Click here to sign up for Sweep the Hooch!

9.    7th Annual Urban Forestry Festival
When: Sun, April 7, 11am – 4pm
Where: Outdoor Activity Center (OAC), 1442 Richland Rd, Atlanta, GA 30310
Description: The festival will feature hikes in the OAC urban forest, tours of the OAC Bioponica Sustainable Farming System, educational exhibits, food and more. Presented by West Atlanta Watershed Alilance, National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Forest Service. If you would like to participate, email or

10.    EcoFocus Film Fest
When: Mar 21 – 24, 2013
Where: Athens, GA
Description: EcoFocus Film Festival is a celebration of environmental films in Athens, Georgia. The mission is to screen a diversity of high-quality films that promote discussion and inspire audiences into awareness and action on behalf of the environment. For more info, go to

11.    River Rally 2013
Where: St. Louis, MO
When:  May 17-20, 2013
Description: Join River Network in St. Louis for River Rally 2013 – the confluence of the river and watershed conservation community. More than 80 educational workshops; 10 field trips; unsurpassed networking (and celebrations!), the River Heroes Banquet and lots other things.
To register:             
To learn more about the event:

12.    FAQ: Monitoring and Collecting Data for EPD
This month GRN Policy Director Chris Manganiello tells us how to respond to the EPD’s new request for data. Click here to read more!

13.    Haters Gonna Hate
If your organization has a Facebook or Twitter account, sometimes people say mean or inappropriate things in the comments. Click here to find out what to do when it happens to you.

14.    10 Biggest Board Member and ED Mistakes
"To err is human," but here are some of the biggest mistakes we make as board and nonprofit staff.

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

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