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News Stream
August 2012
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Georgia River Network News Stream
August 2012

1. GRN Regrants $40,000 to GA River Groups
2. Georgia WaterWire: As I Lay Sweating: Georgia Drought Official
3. Take GRN’s Donor Challenge
4. EPA’s Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary Video Project 

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
5. Paddle and Clean Up the South & Yellow Rivers
6. GRN’s Get in Tune With Your Taste for Terrapin
7. Water Trails Workshop
8. GreenLaw’s Southern Nights By the River
9. Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Patron Dinner
10. Broad River Watershed Association Annual Meeting
11. Introduction to Google for Nonprofits Webinar

Nonprofit Resources
12. FAQ: Plan Your Next Paddle Using USGS Stream Gauge Data
13. All Hands on Board Handbook
Getting the New Executive Director Off on the Right Foot!

Fundraising Deadlines
15. New Grant Opportunities


1. GRN Regrants $40,000 to GA River Groups

GRN regranted $40,000 from the Turner Foundation to Georgia river groups to address the biggest issues impacting their waterways. Read about the grant projects that were funded HERE. 


2. Georgia WaterWire: As I Lay Sweating: Georgia Drought Official
By Chris Manganiello (PhD), GRN Policy Director

I suspect William Faulkner – the renowned Mississippi novelist – would find amusement in our current system of assessing and declaring drought.  It is a journey for many characters.

When I visited a metro Atlanta suburban cul-de-sac n’hood a week ago, manicured lawns got a soak around 5:00 PM, water features burbled, and potted annuals exhibited color.  What drought?

But after weeks of record breaking heat, a lack of morning dew on my feet as I walk across open fields, a local river running at historic lows, months of below average rainfall, and a malfunctioning air conditioning system – I think these indicators empower me to officially declare drought in northeast Georgia.  Read the entire Water Wire blog post on "As I Lay Sweating".

3. Take GRN’s Donor Challenge
An anonymous couple has issued Georgia River Network a challenge.  If we can raise $10,000 in cash by October 1, they will match each gift dollar for dollar.  However, there is a catch, the gifts have to be $1,000 or more and must come from a donor who has not made a $1,000 gift to GRN before today.  The anonymous couple wants to encourage new major donors in the work of protecting Georgia’s rivers. This exciting challenge has the potential to generate $20,000 for GRN’s mission!

Double Your Financial Gift

GRN is thrilled about this opportunity and hopes that you will be excited as well.  Here is a great chance to make your generous $1,000 gift become a $2,000 gift immediately. 

If you have any questions or are willing to accept this challenge, please contact Davin Welter at: or 706.549.4508.

4. EPA’s Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary Video Project 
As a part of EPA's CWA 40th Anniversary celebration, the Agency is hosting a video project asking Americans everywhere to send in a 15-second video clip explaining the important role that water plays in their lives. EPA will feature selected video clips on its website and "Water Is Worth It" Facebook page as part of its anniversary celebration.

So grab your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, classmates, and pets and join in. Each video should include the phrase "Water is worth it..." but the rest is up to you! Videos will be accepted through September 14, 2012. But don't wait. Submit your video clips today!

You can view the Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary website HERE, join the Facebook page HERE, and follow them on Twitter HERE to view video entries, learn about anniversary events, or learn more about the Clean Water Act.

5. Paddle and Clean Up the South & Yellow Rivers
Here’s an opportunity to rediscover Atlanta’s nearly forgotten rivers. Georgia River Network is hosting two cleanup training and natural history floats in the month of September! Learn how to organize your own community river cleanup while paddling these majestic rivers, or just get to know the awe-inspiring wildlife that has made its home on the river and hear a local historian’s fascinating stories about the River’s past.

When: South River, Sept 8th 9am – 2pm
            Yellow River, Sept 15th 9 am-2pm

Online Registration is open now at!

6. GRN’s Get in Tune With Your Taste for Terrapin
Come on out and support Georgia River Network at the Terrapin Brewery in Athens, Georgia! Terrapin’s big outdoor yard will feature the live band Chattahoochee Chain Gang, 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 a silent auction, groovy merchandise, a free brewery tour, and Special edition Georgia River Network-Terrapin Beer Pint Glasses available for a purchase of $10, 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! 

When: August 24, 2012 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: Terrapin Brewery

For more information, visit is at 


7. GRN Water Trails Workshop

GRN's 4th Water Trails Workshop will be held October 13th, 2012 along the Yellow river in Porterdale, Georgia! Details will soon be posted to the website at

8. GreenLaw’s Southern Nights By the River
GreenLaw is working with the Altamaha Riverkeeper to stop one of the biggest ongoing water pollution problems in the state: the dumping of more than 60,000,000 gallons per day of highly discolored, foul-smelling waste into the Altamaha River by Rayonier.  Your donations to “Southern Nights by the River” will be used specifically to assist GreenLaw in its legal actions and efforts to stop Rayonier’s pollution in the Altamaha.

Book Readings by Janisse Ray and James Holland, catering by Athens chef Hugh Acheson, Music by Randall Bramblett and ariel dance by Susan Murphy.

When: August 26, 2012 from 4-7 PM
Where:  The home of Madeline and Phil Van Dyck, Athens, GA
Cost: $100/person

Click HERE to purchase tickets.  

9. Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Patron Dinner
The newly renamed Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s 18th Annual Patron Dinner will be held Thursday, Sept. 13, at The Foundry at Atlanta's Puritan Mill! This year CRK is recognizing GRN’s very own April Ingle with their River Advocate Award, for "her passion and leadership as an organizer of 
Paddle Georgia, galvanizing thousands of people to love rivers and work to protect them." 
Buy Tickets for the Patron dinner HERE.

10. Broad River Watershed Association Annual Meeting
The BRWA annual meeting will include a continental breakfast, business meeting, and a program about the interdependence of recreation, agriculture and industry in the Savannah River Basin by Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus.

When: Saturday, August 25, 2012, 9:30 AM
Where: Camp Kiwanis, Madison County, GA

For more information, email

11. Introduction to Google for Nonprofits Webinar

When: Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. 

Description:  The Google for Nonprofits program offers organizations like yours access to a suite of highly discounted or free products that can do good in new ways. These products can help you streamline your organization, extend your reach, collaborate with constituents, and get supporters to take action. This webinar will provide an overview of the Google for Nonprofits program to discuss how nonprofit organizations are leveraging Google tools to increase their impact. Click HERE to register.

12. FAQ: Plan Your Next Paddle Using USGS Stream Gauge Data
This month, Debra Tate, Georgia River Network’s Administrative Assistant, answers a question she regularly fields while answering the phones here at GRN:

Question:  I love paddling, but planning paddling trips is tough because I never know how much water is in the river.  I’ve heard about online sources that can help me figure out current conditions of the river before I paddle it.  What are they and how do I use them?

Read Debra's response HERE

13.  All Hands on Board Handbook
Check out this resource to help ensure success in an all-volunteer nonprofit board.

14. Getting the New Executive Director Off on the Right Foot!
12 Simple ways to set them up for success!

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

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