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Confluence Newsletter
December 2011
In This Issue

Happy Holidays from GRN!
and Internships
GRN in the News
Save the Date: Film Festival, Weekend for Rivers, Paddle Georgia 2012

Accepting Proposals for Weekend for Rivers Presentations
Discover Georgia's Rivers -  Paddle 12 Rivers in 2012
Focus on Oconee Charette
River Heroes: Alicia Evans and Joey Giunta
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Jobs and Internships

GRN is hiring a full time Community Programs Coordinator to manage our water trails program and work to help connect people and Georgia communities to their local rivers.

GRN is hiring a part time Administrative Assistant.

Coosa River Basin Initiative is hiring a Program Coordinator.

See these jobs and more at

GRN in the News

November 10, 2011 Savannah Morning News, “Ogeechee Fish Kill tops Dirty Dozen Water Offenses” by Mary Landers.

November 16, 2011, The Macon Telegraph, “Report: Power plants taxing water resources” by Heather Duncan. 

November 21, 2011.  Georgia Review on Energy and Water in a Warming World Report by Sara Barczak.  

Save the Date: Weekend for Rivers, Film Festival and Paddle Georgia 2012

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will once again come to Atlanta on Sunday, March 11.  Watch for details in the future.

Weekend for Rivers 
  Join Georgia River Network on March 31-April 1, 2012 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia for Weekend for Rivers, 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.  So put Weekend for Rivers on your calendar and look for registration to open mid-January, 2012.

Paddle Georgia 2012 on the Altamaha will take place June 16-22. Registration Paddle Georgia Logo No Dateopens in February. From Joe Cook’s Blog Post on Scouting the River at : The Altamaha River is a river of superlatives. Though just 135 miles long, the Altamaha is Georgia’s biggest river (in terms of volume). Some called it Georgia’s Amazon—as much for the abundance of wildlife as for its impressive flow. The Nature Conservancy has deemed it one of the 75 last great places on Earth.  The scouting of the Altamaha, and perhaps the Ohoopee, will continue this fall. Check back for more news on Paddle Georgia 2012. Registration opens in February 2012 at

For a full calendar of events, including events of other groups, click here.

Accepting Proposals for Weekend for Rivers Presentations

We not only want you to attend Weekend for Rivers – we want you to participate! If you would like to submit a proposal to present, click here. This is your opportunity to share how you protect, enjoy or honor our waterways – and express it the way you want – with a speech, photography, poetry, music, art, however you want – the only rule: no boring Power Points! 

Discover Georgia's Rivers - Paddle 12 Rivers in 2012

Paddle 12 in 2012
Georgia 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

Georgia River Network Focus on Oconee Charette

prattforwebThe UGA School of Environment & Design hosted students, faculty, and local professionals in a weekend design charrette (fancy way to say design meeting), over Halloween weekend, to design a water trail for a section of the Oconee River in Athens.  A public input session informed the design and students and faculty presented their plans to the community at the end of the weekend.  The plans will be packaged into a report in the coming months.  For more information, contact Jennifer Lewis, UGA Public Service Projects Coordinator, at or 706-369-5885. 

River Heroes:  Joey Giunta and Alicia Evans

JoeyGiuntaThere are a lot of faces we’re glad to see each year in mid-June at Paddle Georgia registration, but some of our favorites are the perpetually smiling Alicia Evans and Joey Giunta.  Each year Joey and Alicia volunteer their time to bring a group of kids from underserved neighborhoods all over Georgia on the trip.  Let me clarify: these two are environmental educators with the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, but they don’t get paid to do this—they do it because they love it and because they’re awesome people.  That’s why they’re our River Heroes! Read the full story on page 7.

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