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News Stream
 October 2014
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Georgia River Network News Stream
October 2014

1.    Paddle Georgia 1st Annual Fall Float a Success!
2.    2015 Georgia Water Resources Conference Call for Abstracts
3.    Moving Forward For a Healthy Flint River

Workshops/Calendar Items/Conferences
4.    Athens Premier of “Who Owns the Water?”
5.    Satilla River Hidden Gems Paddle
6.    Oysters for the Ogeechee Night
7.    Altamaha Riverkeeper Clam Jam
8.    Chattahoochee Nature Center Harvest on the ‘Hooch
9.    Institute for Conservation Leadership’s Executive Leadership Program

Nonprofit Resources
10.    FAQ: Executive Committee on the Board of Directors
11.    Building Community Online

Fundraising Deadlines
12.    Grant Opportunities

1.    Paddle Georgia 1st Annual Fall Float a Success!
We just wrapped up our first Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint River last week!  See how the intrepid travelers did on the Paddle Georgia blog!

2.    2015 Georgia Water Resources Conference Call for Abstracts
The 2015 Georgia Water Resources Conference is issuing a Call for Abstracts and Manuscripts.  The Conference will be held at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education on April 28-29, 2015.  The theme of the 2015 GWRC will be "Water and Prosperity".  For more information, and to submit an abstract, please see the GWRC web page.

3.    Moving Forward For a Healthy Flint River
American Rivers named Georgia’s Flint River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2013. Due in part to the press from their listing, the Georgia legislature passed a greatly improved Flint River Drought Protection Act in March. Read more about the Flint here.

4.    Athens Premiere of “Who Owns the Water?”
Join us Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 6pm at Cine for the Athens premiere of "Who Owns Water," produced by David Hanson, and a book signing of Georgia River Network's Chattahoochee River User's Guide, authored by Joe Cook. The film begins at 7pm. Hors d' oeuvres by The National; cash bar.

Sponsored by the UGA Environmental Ethics Certificate Program, The University of Georgia Press, and Georgia River Network.
View info about the film here:
View info about the book here:
Tickets are $7.50 and can be purchased at or at the door. 234 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA

5.    Satilla River Hidden Gems Paddle
Enjoy the remaining excursion to rediscover some of the hidden gems on Georgia’s waterways. This one-day river trip will include lunch and presentations along the route, ranging from natural history and water quality testing to cultural history and river cleanups.

November 15 - Paddle on the Satilla River: Register and learn more here!

6.    Oysters for the Ogeechee Night
When:  Thursday November 6, 2014, 6 PM
Where: Bonna Bella Yacht Club & Restaurant, 2740 Livingston Ave., Savannah, GA
Cost:  $35 per person / $60 per couple in advance, $45 per person / $70 per couple at the door

Join Ogeechee Riverkeeper for All You Can Eat Oysters and other great food, plus a large silent auction, a raffle for a Half Moon Outfitters kayak, and a high tide and full moon! It will be a great time while supporting the work of Ogeechee Riverkeeper!


7.    Altamaha Riverkeeper Clam Jam
When: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Where: Pine Marsh Farm, Brunswick, GA
Cost: $100 per person

Join Altamaha Riverkeeper and friends at Pine Marsh Farm in Brunswick for the 8th Annual Clam Jam to celebrate and protect Georgia’s largest river system and our treasured coast.
2:00 Tour of Pine Marsh Farm
3:00 Clam and Oyster Roast and Music by Kelly Parr
5:00 Welcome Reception, Live & Silent Auction
6:00 Alfresco Dinner

To learn more and register, please go online at

8.    Chattahoochee Nature Center Harvest on the ‘Hooch
Join CNC for the 3rd annual Harvest on the 'Hooch on Sunday, October 19 from 1 - 4 pm.  This fall afternoon promises fun events for the family, great food and music - plus alpacas!  

All proceeds benefit the Unity Garden, which supplies 5 tons of fresh produce to North Fulton Community Charities food pantry annually.  Purchase your tickets for Harvest on the 'Hooch today.  

Prices are only $35/adult and $15/child under age 10.
Find out more here!

   ICL’s Executive Leadership Program
This 12-month leadership program is great for emerging environmental leaders! Find out more about the program here. 

10. FAQ: Executive Committee on the Board of Directors
Each month, a member of the GRN staff answers a question we are asked by citizens and river groups. This month, Glenn Dowling, our new Executive Director, breaks down the roles and responsibilities of the members of a Board of Director’s Executive Committee. Click here to read Glenn's answer to the FAQ!

11. Building Community Online
Check out this great article about building connections within groups online!

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

Every Day Capacity Building Grants
Every Day Capacity Building Grants provide Friends Groups with grant funds of up to $5,000 to help build their capacity to serve public lands. Proposals for the winter cycle are due October 30.

Our nation’s public lands need our support every day. With stretched budgets and limited staff, land managers at federal, state and local public lands need all the help they can get. That help often comes from nonprofit organizations whose missions are focused on serving public land sites in the nation and the improvement and responsible use of those sites. Sometimes these organizations are called Friends Groups, sometimes Cooperating Associations, sometimes, simply a partner. They are invaluable in supporting, promoting and helping maintain public lands.

These volunteer organizations, while dedicated and passionate, are often underfunded and understaffed. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), with generous support from Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., seeks to strengthen these organizations and unleash their potential to serve their public lands. NEEF’s Every Day Grants will strengthen the stewardship of public lands by strengthening Friends Groups through funding for organizational capacity building.

If a Friends Group can better engage the public, it can attract more volunteers. If it can attract more volunteers, it has a larger base of individuals to ask for support. If it can gain more support, it can offer more volunteer events.

Proposals for the Apr 30, 2015 deadline for the Summer Cycle will be opened in early 2015. Please stay tuned.

Learn more about the Every Day Capacity Building Grants.

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