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Confluence Newsletter
March 2012
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In This Issue

Chattahoochee River - First River Designated as National Water Trail
Ingle Attends White House Conference on Conservation

Wild & Scenic Film Festival - Sold Out
Register Now for Weekend for Rivers
Paddle Georgia Sold Out in Record 16 Days

GRN Welcome Gwyneth Moody to the Staff
Discover Georgia's Rivers -  Paddle 12 Rivers in 2012 and Read the Stories
Get GRN News in our RSS Feed

Become A River Partner


Chattahoochee River -First River Designated as National Water Trail

chatisfordriverskeltonSecretary of the Interior Ken Salazar unveiled the National Water Trails System, a new network that will increase access to water-based outdoor recreation, encourage community stewardship of local waterways, and promote tourism that fuels local economies across America.  Salazar also announced that the Chattahoochee River Water Trail, flowing 48-miles within Atlanta’s Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA), is the first river to be designated as a National Water Trail under the new system. The park serves 3.2 million visitors annually, most from the local Atlanta metro-region. In addition to providing over 65% of the public greenspace in this urban region, the river provides most of Atlanta’s drinking water. The park and new water trail contain 18 developed public access points and connects with other local city and county parks.

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Sally Bethea said, “This water trail is a living monument to the memory of local conservation heroes such as Jane Yarn, James Mackey, Roy Wood, Dan Sweat, Al Burruss and Paul Coverdell, who fought to protect the river that supplies millions of Georgians with drinking water, while also providing outstanding recreational opportunities.”

Bethea noted that the CRNRA was established in 1978 largely because of the advocacy of a small group of self-described ‘river rats’ who undertook local sewer, zoning and development battles in the early 1970s, on the heels of the first Earth Day. The river that these activists believed was a national treasure and fought to save today is heavily used by anglers, tubers, kayakers, canoers and rafters.

One of the most ardent early river advocates, Roger Buerki, now 71, worked tirelessly to protect his beloved Chattahoochee four decades ago, and continues today. He helped form a group called Friends of the River from whose ranks the Carter Administration would subsequently draw some of its environmental officials.

Upon hearing of the river’s new recognition, Buerki said, “This designation confirms the vision and ability of ordinary citizens to overcome politically-powerful opposition to save the Chattahoochee River for the future. People love the rivers that flow through their communities and they want to be able to access and enjoy these waterways for a wide variety of activities.”

The National Park Service is planning an event in the CRNRA later this spring to celebrate America’s first water trail, according to Park Service Superintendant Patty Wissinger.

Read the press release from the Secretary of the Interior here

 


Ingle Attends White House Conference on Conservation

obamaGRN Executive Director, April Ingle, attended the White House Conference on Conservation where President Obama delivered remarks.  There were keynotes and 3 panels discussing the different aspects of the “America’s Great Outdoors” initiative – EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and Council for Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley all participated and spoke. At the end of the day President Obama gave a speech about the importance of our country’s public lands and waterways. You can view the speech here: http://youtu.be/WiEqcabrN7M

You can view the press release/summary from the day here: http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/White-House-Conference-Sets-Stage-for-New-Era-of-Conservation.cfm 

Wild & Scenic Film Festival - Sold Out

web-filmfest125th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Sunday, March 11, 2012
Doors 1 p.m. / Films start at 2 p.m.
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema (New Location)

Click here to learn more and purchase tickets!

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest environmental film festival in North America, and 2012 will mark its fifth consecutive year in Atlanta. Each year, Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (UCR), Georgia River Network (GRN) and Georgia ForestWatch (GFW) partner to select the best of these award-winning environmental films and bring them to Atlanta in a two-and-a-half-hour program. The program (with a 15-minute intermission) offers a mix of films addressing environmental issues such as energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and waters.

And as a tradition and special treat, our guests can enjoy complimentary SweetWater brews (for patrons 21 and over carrying a valid ID). We have moved the event to Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, just a block from gorgeous Piedmont Park in the Midtown neighborhood of Atlanta.

Thank you to our sponsors: Turner Broadcasting System. 99X, Patagonia Atlanta, Turner Foundation, SweetWater Brewing Company, REI, and Smith, Gambrell & Russell.


Register Now for Weekend For Rivers

white (2)March 31-April 1, 2012
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Roswell, Georgia

Weekend for Rivers is GRN’s Annual Conference and River Celebration event that gives us all a chance to celebrate Georgia’s unique, beautiful rivers through storytelling, partying and paddling!  Join us March 31st for a day of inspiration, education and connections with folks who are as passionate about Georgia’s rivers as you are! The day will include river-lovers of all kinds expressing their passion for rivers in short, inspiring presentations and interactive forums that will paint a broad picture of the state of Georgia’s rivers and the people who protect, enjoy and honor them. In the evening, we’ll have a ton of fun at our annual River Celebration Party and then we’ll camp at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Paddle Georgia-style (or you can head home or to a near-by hotel), wake up the next morning and paddle a 9-mile stretch of the beautiful Chattahoochee River!  The perfect way to experience what people love about the popular, annual week-long Paddle Georgia event.  The experience will be as close to the real thing as possible (right down to the bus shuttles, the gym camping and the Satterfield’s catering) for the uninitiated as well as for all you Paddle Georgia fanatics who regularly plead with us to plan more than one event each year. Thanks go to Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, who lead popular trips and events on the ‘Hooch all the time, in supporting us on the paddle.  Click here to register and for more details.


Sponsors
Patagonia , Stormwater Systems , Coca-Cola Refreshments, Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Sweetwater Brewing, American Rivers, Coosa River Basin Initiative, High Country



Paddle Georgia 2012 Sold Out in Record 16 Days!

Paddle Georgia Logo No DatePaddle Georgia 2012 on the Altamaha will take place June 16-22. We sold out in a record 16 days! To be added to the wait list email info@garivers.org.
                     
  Paddle Georgia features:
•    Daily paddle trips averaging 15 miles
•    Camping with meals, games, entertainment and educational programs
•    Tours of industrial facilities, historic sites and more
•    Scientific research including chemical and biological water monitoring
•    Companionship and camaraderie with hundreds of fellow paddlers
•    Fundraiser for Georgia River Network and Altamaha Riverkeeper
•    108 Miles, 7 Days, 1 Great Time!

You can go to Joe Cook’s blog at http://garivernetwork.wordpress.com/ and learn about his scouting trips for the 2012 adventure. Learn more about Paddle Georgia at http://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia.


Sponsors
Georgia Power, Patagonia, Mohawk Carpet Foundation, Hennessy Land Rover Centers, The Outside World, Johnson Outdoors,  Coca-Cola Refreshments, Stream Techs, Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center, China Clay Producers Association, The Rain Barrel Depot

Partners
Georgia Canoe Association,  Altamaha Riverkeeper, Georgia Adopt–A – Stream, Project WET,
Wayne County Board of Tourism, Altamaha River Partnership, City of Darien

 

GRN Welcomes Gwyenth Moody to the Staff

GwynethGwyneth Moody joins GRN as our new Community Programs Coordinator. Learn more about her by clicking here.

 
 


 


Discover Georgia's Rivers - Paddle 12 Rivers in 2012

Pat gets to pet_edited-1Georgia River Network is encouraging river lovers to celebrate Georgia’s rivers – from wild places to urban waterways – by paddling 12 rivers in 2012.  Set your New Year’s resolution to get outside, get active and get to know your home state. Georgia’s rivers offer a variety of experiences including family friendly afternoon paddles, riverside hikes, and exciting whitewater and blackwater experiences.Use the Georgia Water Trails Website to identify water trails to paddle, locate outfitters, find organized paddling trips or plan your own trip.  Learn more at http://garivers.org/gwtc/

We are posting stories from paddlers such as the one that goes with this photo of Pat Colbert's encounter with donkeys at http://garivers.org/gwtc/component/content/article/185.html

 


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Become a Partner for Georgia's Rivers

Make a plan today to preserve Georgia’s rivers in 2012.

Consider making a commitment every month to support Georgia’s rivers.  It is easy and it only takes a small amount each month to make a difference.   A $15 monthly gift goes a long way to help us reach our vision of rivers that are safe from drinking, swimming, fishing and boating. Start your monthly gift today by clicking this link. 

group-at-uchee-creek 2Benefits of Monthly Giving Include…
• You save time and money by not having to write a check and mail it in.
• You have a record of your gift each month on your credit card or bank statement.
• You decide how much to give.
• You decide when to raise, lower or stop your gifts.
• You and GRN use less paper.
• You have a direct impact on the protection of our rivers each month.

If you have any questions about the Monthly Giving Program at GRN, contact Davin Welter at 706-549-4508 or davin@garivers.org.
 


  

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