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Confluence Newsletter
May 2015
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In This Issue

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Job Opening - Executive Director
Paddle Georgia Registration - Spaces for Thru Paddlers
Hidden Gems Paddle Dates
Hike Inn Trip for Members

2015 Legislative Wrap Up
Georgia Water Wire Post - Rayonier and the Altamaha River
New Book by Policy Director, Chris Manganiello
Brews, Boats & BBQ A Success
Sponsor a Paddle Georgia 2015 Porta-Toilet
Donate to Paddle Georgia Youth & Teacher Scholarships
Fall Float Registration Opens in July
Weekend for Rivers - Save the Date
Group Spotlight: Coalition to Fight the Pipeline

Spring Merchandise Sale
Chattahoochee River User's Guide Available!
Sign Up for Protect Georgia Action Alerts
Wish List
1% for the Planet
Get GRN News in our RSS Feed


Job Opening - Executive Director

Georgia River Network is hiring!  The job posting for the Executive Director position can be found here.
 

Paddle Georgia Registration

Paddle Georgia 2015 registration is open.  Paddle Lite is sold out, but we still have space for thru paddlers.  Paddle Georgia will be held June 20-26 on the Ogeechee River. Visit http://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia/pgregister.html for details.

Thru-Paddler 2015 Registration Fees
$425 Adults
$230 Children (8-17)
$30 Children (7 & under)


Hike Inn Trip for Members

Georgia River Network (GRN) has TWO opportunities this year to bring a group to the Hike Inn on Wed. July 8th AND Tues. Sept. 9th.  The Inn has room for up to 40 people - first come, first served.  Cost and How to Sign Up: The Hike Inn is generously offering a special rate for our group! $42.50/person for double occupancy, $58.50/person for single occupancy (Normally $170/$117!) + tax. To reserve your spot contact the Hike Inn at 800-581-8032, 10:00am - 5:00pm Monday-Friday. Provide code GRN715 when you sign up for July 8 and code GRN when you sign up for Sept. 9th. About the Hike Inn: http://hike-inn.com.


Hidden Gems Paddle Dates

Save the date for excursions to rediscover some of the hidden gems on Georgia’s waterways. Each one-day river trip includes lunch and presentations along the route, ranging from natural history and water quality testing to cultural history and river cleanups. Learn more by clicking here.

May 17: Middle Oconee River – Bubbling Shoals, Rocky Outcrops & Historic Mills - Paddle along one of the Classic city’s secluded gems.
Register now by clicking here.

Aug 22: South River – From Urban Wasteland to Wet & Wild Oasis - Go with the flow and explore this nearly forgotten beauty.

Nov 14: Ochlockonee River – Tea-Stained Waters, Cypress Knees & Rich Wildlife Diversity - Discover this majestic river in the Red Hills of Southwest Georgia.


2015 Legislative Wrap Up

GRN’s work directly benefits the Georgia Water Coalition.  And because of this fact, 2015 was a positive year for clean water in Georgia.  The 2015 General Assembly’s regular session officially came to a close on April 2.  This year’s session was the first of a two-year cycle, so any bill that survived passage in its chamber of origin on Crossover Day in 2015 will still be in play during the 2016 session. 

Read the full article on page 3.


Georgia Water Wire Post - Rayonier and the Altamaha River

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is currently evaluating a draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the Rayonier Performance Fibers LLC facility (Rayonier) in Jesup, Georgia.  Georgia River Network (GRN) staff, members and partners have a special interest and direct relationship with the Altamaha River.  GRN has submitted a comment letter and asked EPD to reject the draft permit for many reasons. Rayonier’s new NPDES permit must be a bold step away from the past and a step into a cleaner future for all Georgians and for healthy river flows in the Altamaha River.

Click here to read the post.


New Book by Policy Director, Chris Manganiello

manganiello_southernGRN announces the publication of policy director Dr. Chris Manganiello’s new book entitled Southern Water, Southern Power:  How the Politics of Cheap Energy and Water Scarcity Shaped a Region (UNC Press) Why has the American South--a place with abundant rainfall--become embroiled in intrastate wars over water? Why did unpredictable flooding come to characterize southern waterways, and how did a region that seemed so rich in this all-important resource become derailed by drought and the regional squabbling that has tormented the arid American West? To answer these questions, policy expert and historian Christopher J. Manganiello moves beyond the well-known accounts of flooding in the Mississippi Valley and irrigation in the West to reveal the contested history of southern water.  For more information, to read an excerpt or purchase a copy, please visit UNC Press’ book page at http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/11952.html.


Brews, Boats & BBQ A Success

Georgia River Network held our second Brews, Boats & BBQ Event at SweetWater Brewery in February. This fundraiser was a pre-season gathering of paddlers from all over Georgia.  Representatives from several paddling groups across Georgia were there. We honored our 14 in 2014 finishers, which are individuals who took on GRN’s challenge to participate in 14 water-related events in 2014. Ticket included: Live DJ, Complimentary SweetWater Brewery Tours and Tastings, a SweetWater Pint Glass, Great Food, Door Prizes AND... 1 complimentary raffle ticket entry to win a sit-on-top, Jackson, Riviera kayak from our awesome event sponsor Outdside World Outfitters. Outside World Outfitters donated two kayaks that were raffled off and had a display area set up where attendees could view boats and ask questions about all things related to paddling! Their sponsorship and support of GRN is greatly appreciated. Those interested in stand up paddle boarding (SUP) visited with Surfrider Foundation - Georgia Chapter at their booth. Thanks to everyone who came out.

Sponsor a Paddle Georgia 2015 Porta-toilet!
 
Each year GRN obtains sponsorships for the porta-toilets rented during Paddle Georgia to help offset the rental costs. We are raising the funds by way of an online auction this year! This auction will only run from Monday, May 4 at 8AM until Sunday, May 10 at 10PM. So, don't delay your bidding! With your winning sponsorship, you can provide us with a sign (3' x 3' or smaller) -OR- we can print and laminate a copy of your design (on 8.5" x 11" paper) to be displayed on a porta-toilet. Over the years, sponsors have had fun with this. Individuals and businesses alike sponsor our porta-toilets. We only ask that your message be child-friendly since Paddle Georgia is a family-friendly event.
 
Online Auction Link - http://www.32auctions.com/paddlega2015 

 

Donate to Paddle Georgia Teacher & Youth Scholarships

Paddle Georgia is more than just a fun paddle (of course there is nothing wrong with that!).  Paddle Georgia is also a vehicle to build the river stewards of tomorrow and to train teachers in water education.

Through scholarships, the Paddle Georgia Youth Program brings a group of 10-12 underserved youth with their chaperones on the journey. Most of these kids have never been on a river or camped in a tent before. The Youth Program introduces them to the importance of river protection but more importantly to the joys of paddling a river. The experience is transformative!

The Paddle Georgia Educators Scholarship Program brings teachers in grades K-12 on the trip and provides environmental education training which includes Georgia Adopt-A-Stream and Project WET curriculum. The goal is for these educators to take their experiences on the river and the curriculum they learned back to their classrooms. This program is impactful way beyond the river we paddle.

Georgia River Network asks you to make a donation TODAY earmarked for these scholarship programs. It is quick and easy to do. Just click here. One donation, tremendous impact!

 

Fall Float Registration Opens in July

Join Georgia River Network Columbus Day weekend 2015 for a voyage on the Flint River that would fill Christopher Columbus with envy. Oct. 9-12, we’ll travel 70 miles on the Flint 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 our annual week-long Paddle Georgia events, we’ll tent camp at Chehaw Park and on the river two nights at Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat. Like our annual summer adventure, we’ll enjoy catered meals, educational programs and great camaraderie as we make our way down one of Georgia’s most beautiful rivers during a beautiful time of year. Tent camping only with limited options for indoor camping. Registration opens July 1!  Visit www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia/fallfloat.html for more information.

 

Weekend for Rivers 2015

Weekend for Rivers is coming up on September 19-20, 2015 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, GA. Now is the time to submit a presentation proposal to share with us at Weekend for Rivers! Join us for a weekend of inspiration, education and connections with folks who love Georgia’s rivers as much as you! This year's Weekend for Rivers theme is "River Revelations."  We are looking forward to hearing tales about what rivers have shown our friends and colleagues-- about how local government work, about the natural world, about our families, our communities and ourselves.  Join us September 19-20 to celebrate Georgia’s rivers as we share stories, policy and technical information, sage advice about nonprofit management, and more! The day will include river-lovers of all kinds painting a broad picture of the state of Georgia’s rivers and the good folks who protect, enjoy and honor them.  Registration for Weekend for Rivers will open July 1st. If you register by August 3rd, you will receive a discount! So, mark your calendars and check back at www.garivers.org.

 

Group Spotlight: Coalition to Fight the Pipeline

A coalition of Georgia’s watershed groups, including Savannah Riverkeeper, Altamaha Riverkeeper, Ogeechee Riverkeeper, Satilla Riverkeeper, St. Johns Riverkeeper, One Hundred Miles, and Environment Georgia, has formed to fight the Palmetto Pipeline, the proposed 360 mile long petroleum pipeline would flow 167,000 barrels of gas, ethanol and diesel per day across 210 miles of Georgia.  Its path would endanger incredibly sensitive environmental areas including freshwater wetlands, tidal marshes and all of our coastal rivers and tributaries, including running along the Savannah River and crossing the Ogeechee, Altamaha, Satilla and St. Mary’s River.

To read the full story on page 7 of our newsletter, click here.

Spring Merchandise Sale

mixed shirts_webIt's Spring! And that means it's time to get outdoors! Get this season started off right by supporting Georgia River Network's work to protect our rivers. One way you can do this is by purchasing some of our merchandise and/or purchasing items from those who so generously support GRN by donating a portion of their sales to us! You can use our handy guide books on your paddle trips, spread the word about Georgia River Network by wearing our clothes, drink a cold beer out of our pint glass, or share the beauty of our rivers by sending a card to someone you care about. Support your rivers by supporting Georgia River Network! Place your order today by calling Debra or Dana at 706-549-4508. Visa, Mastercard and Checks accepted. Prices include shipping. Images, inventory list and descriptions of each item are found by clicking here.


Chattahoochee River User's Guide Available

coverimageThe Chattahoochee River User’s Guide, the latest in a series of river guides from Georgia River Network and the University of Georgia Press, 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 to purchase and learn more.


Sign Up for Protect Georgia Action Alerts!

GRN members can stay up to date on issues affecting clean water, the health of our rivers and Georgia’s vital natural resources by signing-up for Protect Georgia action alerts.

Membership in Protect Georgia—formerly known as the Georgia Environmental Action Network (GEAN)—is free and allows you to easily contact your senator, representative or other decision maker via e-mail when an important decision is pending or a vote is scheduled.

GRN—working alongside our Georgia Water Coalition partners—will advocate for protection of valuable coastal and wetland buffers, the underground supply of well water which provides drinking water for many Georgians, and healthy stream flows from the mountains to the sea.

Please sign up here: http://www.protectgeorgia.org/georgia-river-network---sign-up-form.html


Wish List

GRN is looking for the following new or gently used items for our office: a picnic table or concrete outdoor patio set, a vacuum cleaner, rolls of Forever stamps, canoes and kayaks (sit on top kayaks, recreation kayaks, tandem kayaks, and canoes - in good shape), a conference table, and a covered trailer. Email info@garivers.org or call 706-549-4508 if you would like to donate any of these items.


1% For the Planet Partner

Georgia River Network is a 1% for the Planet non-profit partner. Over 1200 companies are giving 1% of their profits to organizations in the network that are committed to creating a healthy planet.  Learn more at www.onepercentfortheplanet.org


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