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February 2015
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Georgia River Network News Stream
February 2015


1.    Keep Up with Georgia Water Coalition Legislative News!
2.    Paddle Georgia 2015
3.    Weekend for Rivers Request for Proposals
4.    GRN Water Trails Program
5.    New GRN Video
6.    Hidden Gems Paddles - Save the Dates
7.    Georgia Wildlife Federation Job Opening

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
8.    Lake University Workshop
9.    Banff Film Festival
10.    Adopt-A-Stream Confluence
11.    Satilla Riverkeeper BBQ on the Bluff
12.    Financial Innovations for River and Watershed Conservation Webinar
13.    River Rally Registration Open

Grassroots Spotlight
14.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Pioneers a Seamless Transition

Nonprofit Resources
15.    Ten Things Boards Do Right (Without Even Realizing It)

Fundraising Deadlines
16.    Grants


1.    Keep Up with Georgia Water Coalition Legislative News!
Georgia River Network continues to advocate for clean water.  The General Assembly was gaveled into session on January 12, 2015.  GRN—as a member of the Georgia Water Coalition—is working on a number of important legislative priorities that will affect clean water, the health of our rivers and Georgia’s vital natural resources.  The two biggest priorities: permanent protections for a coastal marsh buffer and well water in drinking water aquifers.  On Earth Day 2014, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) announced it would no longer enforce a decade-old policy that required a 25-foot no-build-zone or “buffer” along Georgia’s marshes, freshwater wetlands and some streams.  Since April 2014, GWC members, staff from EPD and Georgia’s Coastal Resources Division, and other stakeholders have worked together to draft legislation that would restore protections for Georgia’s marshes.  Now we ask our legislators to introduce a bill adopting our language to strengthen the Erosion and Sedimentation Act.

To stay abreast of all the legislative news, check the GWC website each Friday for updates on bills concerning water in Georgia.

2.    Paddle Georgia 2015
Paddle Georgia 2015 registration is open! Spots go quick, so register soon if you're interested! Paddle Georgia will be held June 20-26 on the Ogeechee River. Find out more about the journey here. 

3.   Weekend for Rivers Request for Proposals
Weekend for Rivers will be held September 19-20 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia. We love to hear your river stories! Keep an eye out for our Call for Proposals around March 1st, and be thinking about a great river tale to tell us!

4.   GRN Water Trails Program
In 2014, Gwyneth Moody, Georgia River Network’s Community Programs Coordinator, provided technical assistance to water trail groups throughout the state including the Oconee River Water Trail, Ochlockonee River Water Trail and the Alapaha River Water Trail.  GRN also assisted the Yellow River Water Trail in becoming an established water trail in June and continues to provide support to Georgia’s water trail groups.  This assistance helps water trail groups fulfill the criteria required for a trail to be considered ‘established’ by providing planning and a framework in the areas of: funding, public information (signage, maps, brochures, website), recreation opportunities (increased public access), outreach, community support (Resolutions of Support), conservation/restoration (water quality monitoring and cleanups), trail maintenance and education.  In 2015, Georgia River Network will continue to work with the groups mentioned above as well as provide intensive assistance to the South River Watershed Alliance (South River Water Trail) and the Satilla Riverkeeper (Satilla River Water Trail).  In addition, Georgia River Network maintains the Georgia Water Trail website, which has a Clearinghouse of Georgia’s developing and established water trails as well as a useful Water Trails Toolkit that is chock-full of helpful resources.

5.    New GRN Video
Watch a new video about GRN that showcases our programs by clicking here.

6.    Hidden Gems Paddle - Save the Dates
Save the date for 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.

May 17: Middle Oconee River – Bubbling Shoals, Rocky Outcrops & Historic Mills - Paddle along one of the Classic city’s secluded gems.

Aug 22: South River – From Urban Wasteland to Wet & Wild Oasis - Go with the flow and explore this nearly forgotten beauty.

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

7.   Georgia Wildlife Federation Job Opening
The Georgia Wildlife Federation (GWF) Board of Directors will be accepting applications through March 31, 2015 for the position of Chief Executive Officer. Read here for more information.

8. Lake University Workshop
When: February 28, 9:30 AM-Noon
Where: Stone Mountain Park,  1000 Robert E Lee Boulevard, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
The Lake University Workshop is designed to help folks understand more about the management of their lakes and ponds.   It is particularly valuable to those who are responsible for their lake and dam - whether it is an individual responsibility or the responsibility of the community.  It is free to participants, but does have a limit to the number that can attend. So, pre-registration is highly encouraged!  Register for Lake University here.

9.    Banff Film Festival
When: March 8, 1 PM and 7 PM
Where: Georgia Tech, Ferst Center For The Arts, 349 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA30332
REI once again hosts the only Atlanta stop on the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour! This year's tour features a collection of 2 shows (with different films) of the most inspiring and thought-provoking action, environmental, and adventure mountain films. Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2014/2015 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world. City Mouse will also be playing at Banff.

$16 General Admission, $13 Students/Seniors and $25 Combo Tickets.
All proceeds go to support the Georgia Conservancy's Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series. Doors open at 12pm & 6pm. Shows starts at 1pm & 7pm. You can buy your tickets at any REI store. For more information or to buy VIP tickets ($30), contact or 404.633.6508x217. VIP tickets includes a free beer from SweetWater Brewing, light appetizers & access to the VIP area. There are a limited number of VIP tickets available. Click here to find out more about Georgia Conservancy's Heartland Rivers of GA Paddle Series.

Tickets can also be purchased online here.

10.    Adopt-A-Stream Confluence
When: Mar 13 – 14, 2015
Where: Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford, GA
Confluence is the Adopt-A-Stream annual conference—an event designed for expanding education, sharing successes and exchanging experiences in water quality monitoring! Please note that some sessions are limited to 20-30 participants, so register early to reserve your spot. This is a celebration of YOUR efforts in water quality monitoring!

Registration Details: $30 ($20 for students) - Includes entrance to all sessions, Friday dinner and Saturday lunch, conference t-shirt, door prizes and much more!

Register for Confluence here!

11.    Satilla Riverkeeper BBQ on the Bluff
When: March 28, 2015 4-7 PM
Where: White Oak, GA
Spring is Nature's way of saying "let's party!"  Join SRK and your fellow river friends for a BBQ in the backwaters of the Satilla.  There will be barbecue and all the fixin's, oysters and dessert.  Space is limited. So, get your tickets soon. Sponsorship packages are available. Visit for tickets or more information.

12.    Financial Innovations for River and Watershed Conservation Webinar
When: March 17, 1 PM EST
River Network (National) has instituted a new quarterly webinar series to help watershed groups tackle big issues within their organizations.  Find out more about this quarter’s webinar forum here.  And RSVP for the forum here.

13.    River Rally Registration Open
When: May 1-4, 2015
River Network’s (National) annual conference, River Rally 2015, will take place in beautiful Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. Scholarships available before February 19 (today!): apply here. Registration is now open—find out more here.

14.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Pioneers a Seamless Transition
Leadership transitions can be difficult for an organization. Anyone who has ever experienced leadership turnover in the workplace knows this. A year and a half ago, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s (CRK) Executive Director/Riverkeeper and one of the most recognizable faces of Georgia’s environmental scene for the past 20 years, Sally Bethea, announced her impending retirement. Those familiar with Bethea and CRK needed some time to get used to the idea.

To some extent, the tone of every organization is set by its leader, and it’s unlikely that two leaders will have the same skills or ideas about how to best run an organization. Bethea, who both founded and invested the bulk of her career into an organization that became a thriving, influential voice for the Chattahoochee River, wasn’t going to let any transition glitches bring CRK down.

This is why Bethea chose to hand-pick her successors. Juliet Cohen, who served as general counsel for six years, is now CRK’s Executive Director and Jason Ulseth, who served as CRK’s Technical Program Director for seven years, is now CRK’s Riverkeeper. Bethea didn’t just hand off the position, though. She spent a year and a half “[putting] a lot of hard work into teaching us all the lessons she has learned over the past 20 years,” said Ulseth.

Read more on page 7 of our Confluence newsletter here.

15.    Ten Things Boards Do Right (Without Even Realizing It)
Boards get blamed for things that go wrong in an organization, but what are they doing right? Click here to find out!

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

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