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June 2014
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Georgia River Network News Stream
June 2014


1.    Search for Next Executive Director Underway
2.    Georgia Water Wire: Save Georgia’s Salt Marsh
3.    Twenty Three Challengers Charge Ahead with GRN’s 14 in 2014 Challenge!
4.    New National Water Trails: Exemplary Places to Get Outside
5.    GRN Offering 3 More Hidden Gems Paddles
6.    Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint
7.    Paddle Georgia Journey's End Fish Fry and Celebration
8.    Civil War Program on the Chattahoochee
9.    The Politics of Water: Epic Battles and Endeavors to Protect Georgia’s Water
10.    Downtown Newnan Paddle Georgia Street Party and Festival

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
11.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper River Discovery Series
12.    Chattooga Community Celebration

Nonprofit Resources
13.    FAQ: Professional Burnout
14.    Three Tools to Make Your Designs Better

Fundraising Deadlines
15.    Grant Opportunities

1.    Search for Next Executive Director Underway
After 11 years at Georgia River Network, April Ingle will be stepping down at GRN in mid-July to start a consulting business that supports non-profits that are working to change the world for the better. GRN is now accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. Click here for the job announcement.

2.    Georgia Water Wire: Save Georgia’s Salt Marsh
Georgia’s regulators and the Governor’s office eliminated a key provision that protected the state’s world renowned “Marshes of Glynn.”  They announced the policy rollback during a meeting in Savannah only miles from the salt marsh that so inspired poet Sidney Lanier.  And the meeting took place on April 22 – also known as Earth Day.  What did the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) and the Governor’s office do?  They changed the way the state will define and delineate the buffers that are responsible for protecting state waters. Read this water wire post at

3.    Twenty Three Challengers Charge Ahead with GRN’s 14 in 2014 Challenge!
Georgia River Network has challenged Georgians to get out and protect, restore, learn about, recreate and volunteer on Georgia’s rivers by attending 14 river related events in 2014.

As Water Trail representatives and supporters, we encourage you to use the 2014 Challenge as a vehicle to promote upcoming Water Trail events in your area. Please send any upcoming events to so that we can add them to the GRN calendar.

The goal is to promote Georgia’s growing movement in river restoration, protection, and enjoyment. So sign up, spread the word, and let your members know about the 2014 Challenge. 

To meet the challenge you must participate in 14 events/activities from at least 5 of these categories:
•    HIKE - River, Stream or Lakeside Hike
•    ARTS - Water/River Related Visual and Performing Arts Event
•    PADDLE - Paddling Events Sponsored by a River Group
•    CLEANUP - River, Stream or Lake Cleanup Event
•    ADVOCACY - Water/River Related Advocacy Event
•    MONITORING - Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Monitoring Event
•    FUNDRAISER - Water/River Related Festival/Fundraiser
•    WATER TRAIL - Paddle on an established Georgia Water Trail
•    CONFERENCE - Water/River Related Workshop/Conference/Symposium
•    ANNUAL MEETING - Attend an Annual Meeting
•    Become a Member of a River Group

To join the list of participants taking on the 2014 Challenge, just send an email to with your name and address to sign up. We will send you monthly updates that list exciting upcoming opportunities across Georgia to fulfill your challenge. See all of the 14 in 2014 Challenge details HERE.

We are really excited about this year's GA River Challenge and are already receiving great stories and photographs from the 23 people who have signed up thus far!

This month we are highlighting Challenger Patrick Phelps for Volunteering at the 'Budweiser Made in America Service Day Cleanup' with Georgia River Network, Upper Oconee Watershed Network and Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services.

“Adventurous. That's exactly what I would call a group of 20 or so individuals who were still dedicated enough to trudge down to the Oconee River in Athens on a rainy Saturday to participate in the Budweiser Made in America Service Day Cleanup. We met up at Dudley Park in the heart of Athens - actually the site of an old mill and now part of the greenway. You can actually see Weaver D's restaurant from the park - Automatic!

Got an informative safety slash pep talk from the leaders. Geared up and plopped our boats into the river.  Most of us scrounged up the typical urban waterway trash - beer & soda cans, liquor bottles, tater chip bags, foam cups, etc. Just when you thought your haul was looking pretty good, here comes Bonny Putney, the Cleanup Queen with her boat riding low from all the stuff she had collected.  It was great to see her mentoring future river cleanup warriors during the event.

It was a little out and back paddle due to time, but this little intown paddle can be turned into a much longer one and the future may even hold a Water Trail! The heap was weighed - 57 lbs of trash and 22 lbs of recycling. You may say that sounds a bit light - but 57lbs of foam cups and potato chip bags is a good bit of trash that the crew withdrew from our river! Afterwards, we were treated to food, beverages and camaraderie at Dirty Birds in downtown.

It was a fun day! Of course any day on the river is a fun day, right?”

Written by Patrick Phelps

4.    New National Water Trails: Exemplary Places to Get Outside
Excerpted from National Park Service Press Release:

Island Loop, Missouri River and Red Rock are newest National Water Trails

WASHINGTON – A water trail that flows above abandoned frontier towns, waters that Lewis and Clark traveled, and a popular water trail that follows an international border were added to the National Water Trails System today.

“These national water trails provide exemplary close-to-home places for people to explore and enjoy,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “And I am particularly happy to have these trails added to the system. They are cooperatively supported and sustained through the efforts of community, state and federal partners.”

The three newest additions to the national system are:

• The Island Loop Route Water Trail in Michigan
• The Red Rock Water Trail in Iowa
• The Missouri National Recreation River Water Trail that flows through South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

The newly designated national water trails join a system of 11 locally managed water trails throughout the country. The trails increase access to water-based outdoor recreation and contribute to the livability and economic vitality of local communities.

Read the entire Press Release and learn about applying for National Water Trail Designation HERE.

5.    GRN Offering 3 More Hidden Gems Paddles
Enjoy four different occasions to rediscover some of the hidden gems on Georgia’s waterways. Each river trip will include lunch and presentations along the route, ranging from natural history and water quality testing to cultural history and river cleanups. 

Bobbin through Remnants of the Oconee’s Historic Timeworn Textile Mills
Spend a day paddling through the state’s hilly Piedmont as the Oconee winds through Athens
(Georgia River Network, Upper Oconee Watershed Network, State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, University of Georgia, & Athens-Clarke County Oconee River Greenway Commission)
From Derelict Dams to Recreational Whitewater - Adventure on a Revitalized River in Columbus
Explore Columbus’ restored Chattahoochee via raft and experience the world’s longest urban whitewater run.
(Georgia River Network, Chattachoochee Riverkeeper, Chatthoochee Riverwarden, & Uptown Columbus)

Giant Magnolia's and Burnt Forts - a Glimpse of the Satilla's Unique Past
Drift down this South Georgia beauty that winds between snow white sandbars & draping moss.
(Georgia River Network, Satilla Riverkeeper, & Off Grid Expeditions)

Register and learn more at the GRN website!

6.    Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint 
Join Georgia River Network Columbus Day weekend 2014 for a voyage on the Flint River that would fill Christopher Columbus with envy. Oct. 10-13, 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. Register Now!  

7.    Paddle Georgia Journey's End Fish Fry and Celebration
When: Friday, June 27 2:00-8:00 PM – Fish Fry at 6:00 PM
Where: Riverside Park in Franklin, GA
Join 400 Paddle Georgia paddlers and help them celebrate the end of their 7-day, 110-mile journey down the Chattahoochee River. Festivities include a fish fry dinner, bluegrass music by Heather Luttrell and the Possumden, games, refreshments, awards, and celebration! Hosted by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and Flint Riverkeeper! If you have not already purchased a ticket for the fish fry, click here to buy your tickets. Tickets: $15.

8.   Civil War Program on the Chattahoochee
When: Monday, June 23, at 7:45 PM
Where: Riverview Landing, Mableton, Georgia--on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in conjunction with Paddle Georgia 2014.
The Atlanta Campaign and the Chattahoochee: Soldiers battle one another and nature in one of the Civil War's epic struggles. A program presented by historian and Civil War expert, Clarke Otten.

One-hundred and fifty years ago this summer, some 160,000 Union and Confederate soldiers fought during the Atlanta Campaign of the Civil War. While most Civil War enthusiasts are familiar with the battles at Kennesaw Mountain and at Peachtree Creek, few know the story of what happened in between.  Sherman's long term objective was to take Atlanta, but until he crossed the Chattahoochee River it was only that, an objective.  Learn how Sherman got his armies and their equipment across the last, yet formidable natural barrier, the Chattahoochee River when there were only three bridged crossings on the entire river – and other fascinating stories about the Chattahoochee’s role in the civil war.  Sandy Springs historian and Civil War expert, Clarke Otten , will tell us the stories via a multi-media presentation presented along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. We’ll be outdoors, please bring your lawn chairs.

9.    The Politics of Water: Epic Battles and Endeavors to Protect Georgia’s Water

When: Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00 PM
Where: Riverview Landing, Mableton, Georgia--on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in conjunction with Paddle Georgia 2014.

Join Paddle Georgia and the Georgia Water Coalition as we recognize Georgia legislators who are champions for Georgia’s water and hear from Tom Baxter who will share stories and tell how Georgia's political landscape has shaped its natural landscape--from tri-state water battles over the Chattahoochee to efforts to protect it and Georgia's other natural treasures.

Baxter, a columnist and political correspondent with the online Saporta Report, has seen a lot in politics during his 40-year journalism career. He served as the national editor and chief political correspondent at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and later edited The Southern Political Report, an online publication, for four years. He is a 2011 fellow at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas and is frequently a guest analyst on CNN.

The address will be before some 400 participants in this year's Paddle Georgia, a 7-day, 110-mile canoe and kayak adventure down the Chattahoochee River sponsored by Georgia River Network.  Riverview Landing, located on the Chattahoochee River in Mableton, is a former industrial site that has been reclaimed and is being converted into a sustainable mixed-use residential-retail development.

The address will follow recognition of legislators by the Georgia Water Coalition, commending them for their work to protect Georgia's water resources during the 2014 legislative session.

This event is free and open to the public with at least 400 participants in attendance.

Please join us and RSVP here. We’ll be outdoors, please bring your lawn chairs.

10.    Downtown Newnan Paddle Georgia Street Party and Festival
When: Wednesday, June 25 from 4:30-9:30 PM
Where: Downtown Newnan at the Courthouse Square
Join Paddle Georgia, Friends of Chattahoochee Bend State Park and the City of Newnan for a downtown Street Party and Festival at the historic Coweta County Courthouse Square. The festival will feature canoe and kayak demo rides and canoe tug-o-wars in a massive portable pool to be set up on Broad Street; a Paddling Film Festival at the Newnan Carnegie Library; and a D.J., music and dancing. Paddle Georgia participants will also be dining out at local restaurants for their evening meal.

Schedule of Events:
• 4:30-6:30:  Test out kayaks in Cedar Creek Outdoor Center’s massive portable pool – set-up on Broad Street!
• 5:00-9:00: Dining out at local restaurants
• 6:00-9:30: Paddling Film Festival at Newnan Carnegie Library, 1 LaGrange St. The film festival will feature “Chattahoochee Unplugged,” the story of how Columbus GA built the world’s largest urban whitewater course; “Who Owns Water,” a documentary highlighting two brothers' journey through the embattled Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River system; and “Missouri SUP,” the tale of one man's epic journey down the Missouri River on a stand up paddle board.
• 6:30-9:00: Teams will battle it out in canoe tug-o-wars in Cedar Creek Outdoor Center’s massive portable pool – set-up on Broad Street!
• 6:30-9:30 Music and dancing on the Court House Square

11.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper River Discovery Series
The River Discovery Series is a series of paddle trips that takes place from June through August and hosted by CRK in partnership with the National Park Service. Designed for beginners and advanced paddlers alike, the series consists of three trips running the length of the river within the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA), from Bowman’s Island to Paces Mill. See map of the CRNRA. For each segment, a National Park Service Ranger accompanies them and acquaints paddlers with the key features of that part of the river.  
Click here for more information.

12.    Chattooga Community Celebration
When: June 21st at 4 p.m.
Where: Creek Park in Clayton, GA  (next to Georgia Mountain Market on Hwy 441) 

Join the Chattooga Conservancy, Georgia Forest Watch, Georgia Chapter of Sierra Club and others committed to the health of our nearby waters and woods for BBQ, live music, river stories and information about efforts to clean up waters flowing into the mighty Chattooga.  Musician volunteers include Mountain Hoodoo, Blue Ridge Music, Oliver Rice and the Blue Ridge Mountain Boys, fiddler Marie Dunkle and others.  Entrance to the event is by donation, and monies will go toward completing and preserving the community's Stekoa Creek Park. The June 21 activities will begin in the morning with three optional river hikes, led by Georgia Forest Watch volunteers, to Martins Creek, Raven Rock and Dicks Creek Falls.  The public is invited to select a hike to join, but participation is limited and registration is required.  For information on meeting times and to sign up, contact Georgia Forest Watch, Rain or shine, come on June 21 to enjoy food, fellowship and music, and show your love of the Chattooga River and clean waters!

13.    FAQ: Professional Burnout
Each month, someone from the GRN staff answers one of our more frequently asked questions.  This month, we’re reprinting an old favorite about what to do to prevent the problem of getting sick and tired of your job—even if your job is protecting rivers.  Click here to read more:

13.    Three Tools to Make Your Designs Better
Not all of us are natural designers or have had formal training. Of course, that doesn’t stop many of our organizations from asking us to pitch in when a graphic is needed for a project. Here are some great tips to help make your graphics look great.

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

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