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 November 2014
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Georgia River Network News Stream
November 2014

News
1.    Georgia’s Dirty Dozen for 2014
2.    Georgia Water Wire: Climate Change Shocks Georgia’s Rivers
3.    GRN Merchandise Holiday SALE!
4.    Weekend for Rivers: New September Date!
5.    Four Challengers Cross the Finish Line of the 14 in 14 Challenge
6.    End of the Year Gifts to GRN
7.    Deadline for Georgia Water Resources Conference Abstracts Extended
8.    Waterkeeper Alliance Affiliate Program

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
9.    Georgia Water Coalition Partner Meeting
10.    Rendezvous on Proctor Creek
11.    South River Rivercane Restoration Volunteer Day
12.    Savannah Riverkeeper Roast on the River
13.    Next South Conference

River Spotlight
14.    Group Spotlight: North American Native Fishes Association
15.    River Hero: Eric Graves

Nonprofit Resources
16.    FAQ: Special Appeals

Fundraising Deadlines
17.    Grants

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1.    Georgia’s Dirty Dozen for 2014
On October 22, Georgia’s leading water coalition named its “Dirty Dozen” for 2014, highlighting 12 of the worst offenses to Georgia’s waters. The Georgia Water Coalition’s annual Dirty Dozen shines a spotlight on threats to Georgia’s water resources as well as the polluters and state policies or failures that ultimately harm—or could harm—Georgia property owners, downstream communities, fish and wildlife, hunters and anglers, and boaters and swimmers. Visit the Georgia Water Coalition website for more information about the Dirty Dozen.

 
2.    Georgia Water Wire: Climate Change Shocks Georgia’s Rivers
Why should Georgia citizens be concerned about the impacts of global climate change?  The National Climate Assessment reports that global climate change is responsible for changes in precipitation patterns, rising sea levels, more acidic oceans, and increased frequency of extreme “weather whiplash.”  In Georgia, changes in precipitation patterns are leading to decreased river flows, and rising sea levels are causing accelerated intrusion of saltwater into freshwater wetlands, streams and rivers. Moreover, stream and river temperatures are increasing in Georgia.

Read more about climate change and Georgia’s rivers here.

3.    GRN Merchandise Holiday SALE!
Georgia River Network is having a HOLIDAY SALE! Support our work to protect rivers by purchasing some of our merchandise this season and/or purchasing items from those who generously support GRN by donating a portion of their sales to us!  All of GRN’s merchandise is being sold at a discount now through December 31! Place your order today by calling Debra or Dana at 706-549-4508. Visa, Mastercard and Checks accepted.

Get shopping here!

4.    Weekend for Rivers: New September Date!
GRN is so grateful for Georgia’s community of river lovers, recreationists and advocates! And to make sure this community has a chance to celebrate all our glorious rivers together, we’re planning Weekend for Rivers for September 19-20 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia! Mark your calendars, and hope to see you in September 2015!

5.    Four Challengers Cross the Finish Line of the 14 in 14 Challenge
Thus far 23 participants have stepped up to the 14 in 2014 Georgia River Challenge, and we are excited to announce that Janet Pearson, Patrick Phelps, Marie Short, Cindy Wolfe, Lonny & Rhonda Martin and Chris Thompson are the first to successfully complete the Challenge.

Georgia River Network has challenged Georgians to get out and protect, restore, learn about, recreate and volunteer on Georgia’s rivers with friends and family by attending 14 river related events in 2014.

In order to complete the 14 in 14 Challenge participants must attend 14 events/activities from at least 5 of the following 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 a River Group Annual Meeting
•    Become a Member of a River Group

See all of the 14 in 2014 Challenge details here.

6.    End of Year Gifts to GRN
As you begin to think about your year-end philanthropy, know that Georgia River Network considers YOU a river hero. With your generous financial support, you have earned the thanks of our entire state. Because of you, clean water is a reality for many Georgians. Because of you, our beautiful rivers are protected every day. Because of you, there is a watchful eye on our state legislature and state agencies encouraging them to do the right thing. Because of you, GRN is mentoring the river stewards of tomorrow. Because of you, our wonderful watershed groups have support to carry on their important work of monitoring our river. All of this happens because of your financial support! Please consider making a year-end gift before December 31 to Georgia River Network. You can easily and quickly make a donation at our website – www.garivers.org. Just click the big red DONATE button in the top right hand corner.

7.    Deadline for Georgia Water Resources Conference Abstracts Extended
The deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2015 Georgia Water Resources Conference has been extended until January 15, 2015.  Also, the submitting of short manuscripts is now optional. The Conference will be held at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education on April 28-29, 2015.  For more information, and to submit an abstract or proposal for a panel session or workshop, please see the GWRC web page at http://www.gawrc.org.
 
The theme of the 2015 GWRC will be "Water and Prosperity".  

8.    Waterkeeper Affiliate Program
This summer, Waterkeeper Alliance launched its Affiliate Program in which organizations that represent a specific waterway can get assistance and benefits from Waterkeeper Alliance, while on a track to become fully licensed Waterkeeper organizations.

Find out more about the affiliate program here.

9.    Georgia Water Coalition Partner Meeting
When:  Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Where:  Alcovy Conservation Center Covington, GA
Overnight accommodations will be available. For more information about the event, go to www.garivers.org/gawater/events.html

10.    Rendezvous on Proctor Creek
When: Sat, Nov 22, 9 AM
Where: Grove Park Community Center, Atlanta, GA
Sign up today to volunteer for the first River Rendezvous organized by CRK and West Atlanta Watershed Alliance on Saturday, Nov 22. In just a few hours, you will help collect water quality samples from 40 locations in the Proctor Creek watershed. These samples will be used to analyze stream health and track potential water pollution problems to their source.

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Grove Park Community Center for a brief training session and then travel in groups to collect the samples; no prior experience is needed. A FREE light breakfast and lunch will be provided for all registered volunteers. The event will be held rain or shine, so dress for the weather. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

REGISTER TODAY!

11.    South River Rivercane Restoration Volunteer Day
When: Saturday, November 22, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m
Where:  4835 Flat Bridge Rd SW, Stockbridge, GA 30281
Experience what it really means to 'work with nature'. The South River Rivercane Restoration project is a great way for volunteers of all ages to do something good for the South River and learn first-hand how you are helping to transform South River, naturally.  To register, email southriverwatershedalliance@gmail.com or call 404-285-3756.

12.    Savannah Riverkeeper Roast on the River
When: Saturday, December 6, 6:30 PM
Where: Hogan's Marina, 36 Wilmington Island Road, Savannah, GA
Get ready to have a great time while raising money for the Savannah Riverkeeper!  There will be delicious BBQ pork, boiled crawfish, beers provided by SweetWater Brewing Company and live music by Savannah's own City Hotel - all proceeds go to support Savannah Riverkeeper's mission of cleaning and protecting the Savannah River.  Click here to register!

13.    Next South Conference
When: February 27, 2015, 9 am - 5 pm
Where: the Biltmore, 817 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA
Registration: $20 early bird special, increases in January
The Georgia Conservancy’s Generation Green’s first annual Next South conference will be the largest conference in the Southeast dedicated to inspiring and empowering future leaders seeking careers in sustainability and corporate responsibility. Next South will feature keynotes from industry luminaries, expert panels and a career fair with top companies and organizations seeking full-time employees and interns.  The 2015 Next South conference will attract more than 300 student and emerging leaders who are passionate and committed to furthering sustainability in their future workplaces and surrounding community.  Visit www.georgiaconservancy.org/nextsouth.html to find out more and to register.

14.    Group Spotlight: North American Native Fishes Association
NANFA was formed by fish enthusiasts who saw the need for an organization dedicated to raising awareness of, and disseminating information about the native fishes of North America.  Now a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation with a dual conservation and education focus, NANFA attracts aquarists and naturalists from all walks of life, from all across North America, and countries overseas. Whether they’re students or recreational fishkeepers who are curious about aquatic life, or biologists or fishery professionals who study native fish for a living, NANFA members have one thing in common - they all think that North America’s native fishes are among the most fascinating and beautiful fishes on earth, and a natural resource worth protecting for future generations. Click here to read about NANFA on page 3 of our Confluence newsletter.

15.    River Hero: Eric Graves
AT hiker, BBQ master chef and river hero -- Eric Graves, Executive Director of the Hike Inn, is all three. Smoked Fried Chicken (just typing that makes my mouth water) is one of Eric’s original creations on the grill.  Eric and the Hike Inn have generously provided the lunches for the last three Hidden Gems events. He personally smoked the turkey and his daughter made the turkey salad for the Oconee River trip. Absolutely delicious! The handmade sandwiches and Hike Inn cookies have provided much satisfaction and sustenance for our paddlers.  Click here to read more about Eric Graves on page 3 of our Confluence newsletter.

16.    FAQ: Special Appeals
This month, you’re probably thinking about the best way to write your end-of-year fundraising appeal.  Well, we’re bringing back an old favorite FAQ:  how to write an effective appeal! Find out more about special appeals here.

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


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