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April 2013
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Georgia River Network News Stream
April 2013

1.    Weekend for Rivers the Best Yet!
2.    Congrats to our very own Chris Manganiello!
3.    Georgia Water Coalition Legislative Wrap Up
4.    Georgia Water Wire:  SB 213 Post-Session Assessment
5.    GRN Photo Contest: Best Weekend for Rivers Photo
6.    New Report: EPA's National Rivers and Streams Assessment
7.    Coosa River Basin Initiative: Job Posting
8.    Satilla Riverkeeper: Job Posting
9.    River Network: Share Your Photos and Win Some Shoes!

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
10.    4 Seasons Hidden Gems Paddling Events
11.    Paddle the Chattahoochee Headwaters
12.    Earth Day South River Cleanup
13.    Chattahoochee Nature Center Rockin’ at the River
14.    River Rally 2013

Nonprofit Resources
15.    Communicate More Effectively at Work!
16.    Use the five W's for delegation

Fundraising Deadlines
17.    New Grant Opportunities


1.    Weekend for Rivers the Best Yet!
Weekend for Rivers, GRN’s annual conference and river celebration, was held April 6-7 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell.  170 people—a new attendance record! - joined us for a weekend of storytelling, partying and paddling the gorgeous Chattahoochee.  Thanks to all the speakers, volunteers, safety boaters and friends—new and old—who gathered to celebrate Georgia’s rivers together and make Weekend for Rivers a success!

If you weren’t able to attend Weekend for Rivers 2013, save the date for next year:  April 5-6!

Thanks to our sponsors!
Chattahoochee Nature Center, Patagonia, Stormwater Systems, Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center,  National Park Service, Georgia Wildlife Federation, The Rain Barrel Depot, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Bud & Mary Freeman, The Outside World, Flint Riverkeeper, Barefoot Wine, GreenLaw, American Rivers, Café Campesino,  Sweetwater Brewing, Southern Environmental Law Center, Coosa River Basin Initiative, Broad River Watershed Association, Upper Oconee Watershed Network, Georgia Lakes Society, Chattahoochee RiverWarden, Environment Georgia, Savannah Riverkeeper

2.    Congrats to our very own Chris Manganiello!
This April brought a new member to the GRN family. Our Policy Director Chris Manganiello became the proud father of a healthy little boy on April 3rd! Luca Gray Manganiello and his mom and dad are all healthy and happy and enjoying each other’s company!

3.    Georgia Water Coalition Legislative Wrap-Up
The 2013 Legislative Session ended at midnight Thursday, March 28. Working together with the Georgia Water Coalition we made a big difference in advancing our shared priorities and stopping legislation that would harm our waterways. Click to read about the bills we were working on and their outcomes.

4.    Georgia Water Wire:  SB 213 Post-Session Assessment
What author Charles Fishman learned when he sat with Las Vegas water czarina Patricia Mulroy became relevant again a week ago.  During that interview he discovered something about Georgia’s attitude toward the tri-state water war with Alabama and Florida. Read more from Georgia Water Wire here.

5.    GRN Photo Contest: Best Weekend for Rivers Photo
Each month we will have a different theme and invite you to send us a photo that you think best represents the Weekend for Rivers experience! Submit your photo entry NOW to

6.    New report: EPA's National Rivers and Streams Assessment
EPA’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds has released their 2013 National Rivers and Streams Assessment. The press release can be found here, and the full report and fact sheet here.

The Office of Water periodically conducts these surveys of the nation’s water bodies, and this most recent report focuses on rivers and streams. Among other findings, the assessment reports that 55% of the nation’s river and stream miles don’t support healthy biological communities (compared to least disturbed sites), a figure of significant concern. The report includes information on the background and methodology of the survey, the results on both a national and ecoregional scale, and a discussion of future challenges and actions to our work and to our nation.

7.    Coosa River Basin Initiative: Job Posting
The Coosa River Basin Initiative based in Rome, Georgia seeks an Executive Director with an established track record of success in managing staff, fundraising and environmental advocacy. The Executive Director has primary responsibility for all aspects of the organization, manages a four-person staff and reports to a volunteer board of directors.  Additional information at

8.    Satilla Riverkeeper: Job Posting
Satilla Riverkeeper is located in Southeast Georgia. It's mission is to protect and restore the Satilla River, as well as educate citizens about the river's beautiful ecologically unique blackwater, which flows several hundred miles, entering the Atlantic Ocean between Cumberland and Jekyll Islands. Applications will be reviewed starting March 15, 2013.  A detailed job description with application instructions is available at For questions, contact Colleen Lagoueyte at 912-281-0895 or Clay Montague at 912-265-5435.

9.    River Network: Share Your Photos and Win Some Shoes!
We Like it Clean Photo Contest
Do you have any photos of yourself, your family or your friends (human, canine or otherwise) swimming, fishing or enjoying the benefits of clean water? River Network wants to see them! And YOU can win a free pair of Keen Shoes!

"We Like it Clean" is a month long, global effort to encourage Waterkeeper Alliance members, River Network Partners, citizens, and community members from around the world to submit photos of themselves, or their loved ones.... on, in, or around their favorite waterway to show how important swimmable, drinkable, and fishable waters are to them and their communities. Each person who contributes a photo will be entered in a random drawing to win a pair of KEEN shoes! KEEN, a longtime supporter of the river and watershed movement, has donated 10 pairs of shoes for the “We Like it Clean" random drawing that will take place on April 30th.

How to Enter
Submit photos to: and please include the name of your waterway, general location, and other information you may want to include.

10.    4 Seasons Hidden Gems Paddling Events
Mark your calendar for our 4 Seasons Hidden Gems Paddling Events!
Registration Opens April 15th at

*May 18 - Behind the Scenes of Atlanta’s Work Horse on the Chattahoochee

*Aug 4 - Paddling Through Cherokee History on the Etowah

*Sept 7 - Savannah River’s Last Remaining Shoals

*Nov 16 - Ancient Giants of the Altamaha River

11.    Paddle the Chattahoochee Headwaters
Sign up for the kickoff excursion of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s 2013 Outings Program: the annual Water Trail Camp and Paddle Trip on the weekend of April 27-28 in the Headwaters! This pristine, 21-mile section of the Upper Chattahoochee River Water Trail runs from Sautee Creek to Mossy Creek State Park in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

There will be camping at Buck Shoals State Park. (Helmets are required on part of this trip.) The cost of this weekend camp and paddle trip is $75 per person, which includes shuttle service, meals (breakfast and dinner), as well as a one-year CRK membership. Register for the CRK paddle trip here.

12.    Earth Day South River Cleanups
When:    Saturday, April 20, 2013
Time:    9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
1) South River at Constitution Lakes (sponsored by SRWA and Friends of Constitution Lakes)
2) South River at Panola Shoals
3) South River at Panthersville Road
4)  South River at Waldrop Road

Please email to let them know you are participating and the site you have chosen. Call 404-285-3756 if you have questions.

13.    Chattahoochee Nature Center Rockin’ at the River
Time: May 11, 2013
Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center
Join CNC for music, food and fun! More information about Rockin' at the River here.

14.    River Rally 2013
Where: St. Louis, MO
When:  May 17-20

Join River Network in St. Louis for River Rally 2013 – the confluence of the river and watershed conservation community. More than 80 educational workshops; 10 field trips; unsurpassed networking (and celebrations!), the River Heroes Banquet and lots other things.
To register:             
To learn more about the event:

15.    Communicate More Effectively at Work!
Helpful communication tips here!

16.    Use the five W's for delegation
You can use these five W's to keep track of the elements to cover when assigning a project.

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

Ray C. Anderson Foundation Invites Letters of Inquiry for Environmental Grants Program
The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry from nonprofit environmental organizations for initiatives that support environmental, economic, and social sustainability in the United States.

Through its Gray Notes Grants program, the foundation awards grants of between $2,000 and $25,000 for environmental conservation, preservation, education, and restoration initiatives; urban agriculture programs; clean water and clean air projects; environmental and economic think tanks; and grassroots initiatives that inform and inspire people to collaborate and take positive action to protect the planet.

In addition, the program supports organizations and programs that are working with industry, government, and businesses to create environmentally sound planning practices to reduce the environmental footprint of urban development through energy efficiency, increased use of renewable energy, and the reduction of carbon intensity.

All organizations requesting funding must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

LOIs are accepted throughout the year and must be submitted through the foundation's online grant inquiry system. Applicants will be notified if a full application is requested. Grants are awarded twice a year, in June and December.

Click here for more information on the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

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