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News Stream
May 2015
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Georgia River Network News Stream
May 2015

1.    GWC to Honor Water Champions for Environmental Leadership
2.    Georgia DOT Denies Palmetto Pipeline Certificate
3.    Job Opening – GRN’s Executive Director
4.    Paddle Georgia Registration – Spaces for Thru Paddlers Available
5.    Hidden Gems Paddle Dates
6.    Hike Inn Trip for GRN Members
7.    Donate to Paddle Georgia Youth & Teacher Scholarships
8.    Fall Float Registration Opens in July
9.    Weekend for Rivers 2015
10.    Spring Merchandise Sale
11.    Sign Up for Protect Georgia Action Alerts

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
12.    Paddle Georgia River’s End Celebration
13.    Coffee & Tour - GYRE: The Plastic Ocean Exhibition
14.    Broad River Watershed Association Shoal Lily Float
15.    Coosa River Basin Initiative Waterfest XV
16.    Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival
17.    Fall Line South Field Institute

Nonprofit Resources
18.    FAQ: How to Find Out What’s Going on in Your Watershed
19.    Institute for Conservation Leadership Publications

Fundraising Deadlines
20.    Grants


1. GWC to Honor Water Champions for Environmental Leadership
The Georgia Water Coalition is recognizing 83 legislators (56 Representatives and 27 Senators) who took action to protect Georgia’s rivers, lakes and coastal marshes during the General Assembly’s 2015 Legislative Session by presenting each of them with a Clean Water Champion Award. These legislators specifically advocated for GWC priorities and voted in support of the GWC’s position on one or more bills, including: House Bills 255 and 397, and Senate Bills 101 and 139.

The first ceremony took place on Tuesday, May 12, at GWC’s biannual meeting. The second ceremony will take place on Wednesday June 24 at 6:30 p.m., at the Effingham County High School ( 1538 GA-119, Springfield, GA 31329 ) in conjunction with Georgia River Network’s Paddle Georgia 2015 on the Ogeechee River.

The 2015 legislative session saw intense debate over water, transportation, energy and other quality of life issues. Many members of the General Assembly crafted solutions to Georgia’s environmental problems, defended property rights and advocated for plentiful supplies of clean water.

“The Georgia Water Coalition appreciates the hard work of our clean water champions in the General Assembly,” said Colleen Kiernan, Sierra Club Georgia Chapter. “Our water will be cleaner because of the decisions some legislators made.”

2.    Georgia DOT Denies Palmetto Pipeline Certificate
The Georgia Department of Transportation has denied Kinder Morgan's application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. The certificate, if approved, would have allowed the company to use eminent domain to gain private land for the construction of their 360-mile petroleum pipeline.

Read more about the decision here. To read more about the issue, check out page 7 of our Confluence newsletter.

3.    Job Opening – GRN’s Executive Director
Georgia River Network is hiring!  The job posting for the Executive Director position can be found here.

4.    Paddle Georgia Registration – Spaces for Thru Paddlers Available
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 for details.

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

5. Hidden Gems Paddle Dates
Join Georgia River Network (GRN) on our upcoming 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.

August 22: South River – From Urban Wasteland to Wet & Wild Oasis - Go with the flow and explore this nearly forgotten beauty. Registration for this paddle will be open by June 1!

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

6.    Hike Inn Trip for GRN Members
GRN has TWO opportunities this year to bring a group to the Hike Inn on Wednesday, July 8th, AND Tuesday, September 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 September 9th. If you are unable to get them by phone, you can email them at When leaving a message by phone or email, make sure to include a phone number and good time of day to reach you so they can get you booked!

About the Hike Inn:

7.    Donate to Paddle Georgia Youth & Teacher 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.

GRN 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!

8.    Fall Float Registration Opens in July
Join GRN Columbus Day weekend 2015 for a voyage on the Flint River that would fill Christopher Columbus with envy. October. 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  for more information.

9.    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 works, 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

10.    Spring Merchandise Sale
GRN’s Spring merchandise sale is still underway. Support GRN’s work to protect Georgia’s rivers by purchasing GRN 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 GRN 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. 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.

11.    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—advocates 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:

12.   Paddle Georgia River’s End Celebration
Join us for the Paddle Georgia River’s End Celebration at Love’s Seafood on the Ogeechee River on June 26! Paddle Georgia participants will be completing their journey at King’s Ferry between 12noon-5pm. Join them as they kick up their heels at legendary Love’s, where tables and chairs will be set up beneath a tent on the banks of the majestic blackwater river. Food, music, friends and fun will be the evening’s top priorities. Coastal Empire Beer will sell beer at the soiree and donate proceeds to Ogeechee Riverkeeper, whose mission includes preservation work, advocacy efforts and outreach. A low country boil dinner will be available at 6pm for $15 per person along with a cash bar.  For information, please visit

13. Coffee & Tour - GYRE: The Plastic Ocean Exhibition
When:  Wednesdays, May 20th, June 3rd, June 17th, 9:30 to 11:00 am
Where: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 1600 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta 30329
Who: CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and CDC’s Office of Sustainability. Event organized by the Anchorage Museum in Alaska.  
What: Coffee and a tour of their current exhibition, GYRE: The Plastic Ocean!
Free and open to the public through June 19, 2015, GYRE: The Plastic Ocean is a unique science and art exhibition that explores the complex relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of consumption.  Twenty-five international artists examine the growing problem of plastic pollution through installations, photographs, paintings, sculpture, and video--reinforced by striking infographics and data. In addition, the David J. Sencer CDC Museum worked with NOAA’s Marine Debris Program to reinforce the message with documentation of marine trash found along the Southeast and Gulf of Mexico coasts.

Please R.S.V.P. to noting which coffee you plan to attend.

14.    Broad River Watershed Association Shoal Lily Float
When: Saturday, May 30, 9:30 am
Where:  Broad River campground on Highway 79
The Broad River Watershed Association will host a canoe float on Saturday, May 30, to view the rare shoal lily along the lower section of the Broad River between Highway 17 and Highway 79 at the mouth of Clark Hill Lake.  They will meet at the (Army Corps of Engineers) Broad River camp ground on Highway 79 at 9:30 am on May 30 and will canoe from Highway 17 to Highway 79 in Elbert, Wilkes, and Lincoln counties.  The rare shoal lily that grows along the Broad River should be in full bloom at this time.

During the float, they will also do a River Cleanup as part of the National River Cleanup Week.

Bring your own canoe or contact Michael Moody at the Broad River Outpost (706-795-3242) to arrange for a canoe or kayak.  Cost to non-members is $5 per person or $10 per family, plus any canoe rental.  Anyone interested should email Pre-registration is required:

15. Coosa River Basin Initiative Waterfest XV
When: Jun 5 – 6, 2015
Where: Heritage Park, Rome GA
CRBI's annual WATERFEST event returns June 5-6 to Rome's rivers and Heritage Park. This year's event will include a 6-mile canoe, kayak and paddleboard race on the Etowah River from Dixon Landing at Grizzard Park to Heritage Park; the 1.5-mile Blue Sky Outfitter Recycled Raft Race from Ridge Ferry Park on the Oostanaula Rivert to Heritage Park and Canoe and Kayak Tug-O-Wars in the Big Cedar Creek Outdoor Center Tug-O-War pool at Heritage Park. Form your team and begin creating your recycled raft race NOW.  Click here to learn more and register.

16.    CRK Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival
When: Sat, June 13, 9am – 3pm
Where: Garrard Landing Park and Riverside Park, Roswell, GA
Paddlers of all ages and skill levels will take to the water on Saturday, June 13, for the 13th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival.
Organized and presented by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) in partnership with the National Park Service, Fulton County, and the city of Roswell, the event is organized to celebrate the Chattahoochee and foster a sense of community around the river that serves more than 4 million people and 70% of metro Atlanta.
The FESTIVAL, held at Roswell’s Riverside Park from 10am to 3pm, is FREE and family-friendly. Racers and others will enjoy LIVE music plus an array of exhibits that include local artisans and farmers market vendors.  For the kids: Frisbee dog demonstration, face painting, balloon artists and other family-friendly activities.
The RACE begins at 9am at Garrard Landing Park on Holcomb Bridge Road and includes competitive and recreational categories for Kayaks, Canoes and Stand Up Paddle Boards. Find registration details here.

17.    Fall Line South Field Institute
Do you know a teenager who’s ready for a life-changing river adventure? Fall Line South Field Institute brings critical and creative thinking, community building, and connection to the wild places in the Southeastern United States together in academically rigorous, fun, and self-directed field programs for young adults.

July 18-26, 2015: Etowah River Odyssey (Northwest Georgia)

To find out more about Fall Line South and to apply, go to

18.    FAQ: How to Find Out What’s Going on in Your Watershed
Lots of people ask us the best way of finding out what’s impacting their watershed.  GRN’s Policy Director Chris Manganiello (fresh off of parental leave!) lets us know who to contact when you want to know what’s going on in your local rivers and streams.

19.    Institute for Conservation Leadership (ICL) Publications
ICL has tons of great resources for watershed groups! Check them out here:

20.    Grants
To view grant makers that give throughout the year, visit the grants page of our website HERE.

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