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October 2013
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Georgia River Network News Stream
October 2013

1.    Weekend for Rivers 2014 Call for Proposals
2.    April Ingle Named 40 Under 40 by Georgia Trend Magazine
3.    Paddle Georgia 2013 Video Slideshow
4.    Georgia Water Wire: EPD Needs to Protect Us From Liquid Hog Waste
5.    Help Us Raise $36,000 for Georgia's Rivers
6.    Watergrass Database
7.    River Rally 2014 Call for Workshops Deadline
8.    Rain Barrel Registry

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
9.    Emory’s Certificate of Sustainability
10.   Join Us for the Altamaha Hidden Gems Paddle
11.   Ogeechee Riverkeeper Rivers Rock
12.    South River October Events
2013 Soque River Ramble
14.    Water Loss Webinar
15.    Financial Management Webinar Series
16.    EPA Public Webinars/Meeting for Proposed Water Quality Standards Regulatory Clarifications

Nonprofit Resources
17.    FAQ: Pulling Off a Successful Silent Auction
18.    River Network’s Habitat Program Resources
19.    Wunderlist

Fundraising Deadlines
20.    New Grant Opportunities


1.    Weekend for Rivers 2014 Call for Proposals
In 2014, Weekend for Rivers is celebrating the legacy of Georgia’s waterways by presenting a program on "The History of Georgia’s Rivers".  We want to know what YOU know about the bygone days of Georgia’s rivers. Click here to see the call for Proposals.

Whether you have a story about your childhood on the Ogeechee River, an inspiring tale of how your river group got its start, an anecdote about the role of rivers during the Civil War, an interesting bit about the history of water law in Georgia, or any story about our rivers and work to protect and enjoy them - with a historical thread, we want to hear from you!  You can express your story in any way you like: with a speech, photography, poetry, music, art…the possibilities are endless!  The only rule: no boring Power Points!

Weekend for Rivers 2014 will be held on April 5-6 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia.  It’s important to us that the event paricipants are also speakers.   This is your opportunity to share your love for the rivers and streams closest to your heart—and a great way of doing this is to spend the weekend hanging out with a whole bunch of other river lovers!

Deadline for proposals will be December 16th, 2013.  
Proposals should include a brief personal biography, a description of no more than 500 words outlining the material you plan to present, and an estimation of how long you expect your presentation to take.  In addition, if there are visual images or music that goes along with your presentation, please feel free to send along images, video, music files—whatever is going to give us a better idea of the substance of your presentation.   And again, be creative! The sky’s the limit!

Send all proposals to Jesslyn Shields at  Feel free to call with questions: 706.549.4508.

2.    April Ingle Named 40 Under 40 by Georgia Trend Magazine
For the 17th year, Georgia Trend Magazine presents a group of 40 outstanding Georgians under the age of 40. The honorees represent business, government, politics, nonprofits, science, conservation and education.  This year, April Ingle, GRN's Executive Director, was selected. “I’ve developed a relationship with these rivers, and I’ve concluded that, of all the places in the world, Georgia claims the best ones in terms of spectacular beauty, natural resources and biodiversity,” she says. “So it’s important to protect them for future generations.”  Click here to read the article in Georgia Trend.

3.    Paddle Georgia 2013 Video Slideshow
The moment we’ve all been waiting for! (Well some of us.)  If you were on Paddle Georgia 2013, take a summer stroll down memory lane with Joe Cook’s annual slideshow retrospective. If you didn’t join us this summer, watch it anyway! It’s got a lot of great photos, music and information about the Flint River!

4.    Georgia Water Wire: EPD Needs to Protect Us From Liquid Hog Waste
Do you want to keep industrial hog waste from ruining property, communities, health and clean water in Georgia?  If yes, then read on:

"Hog waste could flow in large quantities in your watershed if the Georgia Board of Natural Resources (Board) accepts the Environmental Protection Division’s (EPD) proposed changes that would significantly weaken swine rules and regulations for large hog operations.  Read the synopsis of the proposed changes and the detailed changes."  Details and what you need to do can be found at the Georgia Water Wire blog.

5.    Help Us Raise $26,000 for Georgia's Rivers
After our extremely successful $1,000 donor-match challenge last year (which raised over $20,000 for river protection) and upon hearing GRN’s ambitious goals for 2013.

Many of last year’s $1000 donors have agreed to donate $1000 again this year, if their donation is matched by a new $1000 donation. $13,000 has already been pledged! Can you help us secure these donations and double them by meeting this challenge? This will be a dollar for dollar match.

To make a donation, simply go to our website ( and click on the red “Donate Now” button or mail a check to our office at 126 South Milledge Ave., Suite E3, Athens, GA 30605 or contact Davin at

6.    Watergrass Database
Watergrass is a web-based database for managing members, donors, volunteers and campaigns.

It customizes the powerful Salesforce platform for the needs of river and watershed groups. It simplifies Salesforce's many complex features, while allowing groups to integrate database, website, and email and to automate workflow.

Want more info? Check out this Introduction to Watergrass video.

River Network Partners receive a $350 discount!

How do I gain access to this River Network benefit??
•    Step #1: Fill out the Application.
•    After finishing the application you will be contacted by the programmer, Baird Straughan, from LeadGreen, who will provide you with a quote.

7.    River Rally 2014 Call for Workshops Deadline
Hundreds of watershed advocates are already putting River Network’s River Rally on their calendars and registration into their fundraising proposals.  The deadline for submitting your workshop proposal is fast approaching.

If you love sharing your knowledge - if you absolutely love public speaking - if you’ve always dreamed about becoming a River Rally workshop presenter - then right now is the time to submit your proposition.

Workshop Proposals Are Due October 24!

The ideal workshops will focus on a combination of instruction and hands-on-skill-building, not just lecturing. Workshops that are results oriented, focus on success stories or lessons learned, and provide strategies for improved management and stewardship of watersheds are encouraged.
Bonus: presenters get a $300 discount off registration!

Rain Barrel Registry
Rain barrels are one of the nation's fastest growing conservation trends. They're cool-looking, save water and help curb pollution.

But nobody actually knows how many there are!

The new Rain Barrel Registry is designed to provide a widely-accessible, baseline mapping and database tool for public policy makers, enabling them to track the impact of the growing number of rain barrels being installed all across the U.S.

You can view rain barrel "clusters" in your community and beyond, and see tabulated results from the survey.
But it only works if rain barrel owners participate! Please take 10 minutes to register your rain barrel and complete a short survey. You can also upload photos of your own barrel design. And please forward the link to others!
Don't have a rain barrel yet? Learn more and join the fun!

9.   Emory’s Certificate of Sustainability
Sustainability is centered on the need to make change happen at the individual and group levels. Management systems and individual behavior – as well as mechanical systems -- must adapt or sustainability will not succeed.  The program will help students understand the basics of sustainability and prepare them to make changes happen within their own environments. The goal is to combine resource-specific concepts with practical guidance to enable students to analyze dilemmas and trade-offs; students will also problem-solve and become familiar with innovative practices and solutions while understanding sustainability-specific approaches to communication. Model organizations and projects will be examined to ascertain successful elements. Best practices and challenges will be identified and studied, and several specific areas of sustainability will be highlighted, including local food, water quality and landscape. Each certificate student will design, implement and document a capstone project; these projects can be undertaken at the student's work place, at Emory University, or at a community location as a volunteer.
-Understand the philosophy, theory, and interdisciplinary nature of sustainability.
-Analyze sustainability dilemmas and tradeoffs.
-Complete a sustainability plan for an aspect of personal or professional life.
-Lead the completion of a greenhouse gas inventory (carbon footprint) for your workplace or other location.
-Access the information necessary to implement energy conservation and efficiency programs.
-Analyze the potential for use of renewable energy (solar, geothermal, wind, etc.).
-Implement water conservation measures and undertake a waste audit to reduce and divert waste.
-Design guidelines for green procurement and office practices.
-Understand the options for implementing sustainability standards for buildings and grounds.
-Address the issues of sustainable gardening and food.
-Understand the strongest techniques for building and maintaining a sustainable community.
-Implement educational approaches and communicate sustainable change via publications, web sites and social networks.

Click here to register for the Sustainability Certificate Program.

10.    Join Us for the Altamaha Hidden Gems Paddle
Join GRN for our final Hidden Gem Paddling Event - an opportunity to discover the hidden gems on Georgia's waterways. November 16th: Altamaha River watershed paddle withh Off Grid Expeditions, RIvers Alive and Altamaha Riverkeeper.
The trip will include presentations along the route ranging from natural history and water quality testing to river clean-up training. Find details and register at

Nov. 16: Altamaha River Watershed Paddle with Off Grid Expeditions, Rivers Alive & Altamaha Riverkeeper.

Ogeechee Riverkeeper Rivers Rock
When: Thursday, October 24, 2013, 7:00-10:00 pm             
Where: Moon River Brewing Company, 21 W. Bay St. Savannah, Georgia
Tickets are $35 by October 23, $45 at the door.

Ticket price includes 2 beverage tickets, appetizers, silent auction, raffle and a 1-year membership to Ogeechee Riverkeeper.  For more information, visit or call 866.942.6222.

12.   South River October Events
South River Tire Roundup and Cleanup: Friday, October 18 - Join SRWA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 4, and Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) for Part 2 of Rivers Alive South River tire roundup and cleanup. Volunteers will remove tires and trash from along a 2 1/2 mile stretch of the river from Panola Shoals to Panola Mountain State Park. All equipment will be provided. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at approximately 2:00 p.m. Email Jackie at to volunteer or call 404-285-3756 if you have questions.
South River Canoe Outing: October 26 - See South River in the fall! Paddle from Lorraine Park and Trail Head on Hwy 138 to Oglesby Road in Rockdale County, a distance of approximately 5.5 miles. Cost is $30 per person which includes canoe rental, insurance, and lunch. Contact Jackie (404) 285-3756 to sign up or if you have questions. Seats are limited. Kayakers are welcome but must confirm to receive additional information.

13.    2013 Soque River Ramble
When: Saturday, Oct 26, 2013
Where: Old Chimney Mountain Road in the Batesville community of northern Habersham County
The 7th Annual Soque River Ramble 6K Run & Walk is a fundraiser for the Batesville Community Association and the Soque River Watershed Association.  The Soque River Ramble helps to kick off the Batesville Days Festival which is held each year on the 4th Saturday of October.

The Soque River is unique in that it orginates and ends within Habersham County and is considered to be one of the finest trout streams in the southeast. The Soque River Ramble is intended to help celebrate the importance of the Soque River to Habersham County’s economy and quality of life.

The Soque River Ramble 6K Run & Walk is part of the Run & See Georgia Grand Prix Series of road races across Georgia each year.  Come enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains and valleys with us in a family-friendly event for all ages! For more information:

14. Water Loss Webinar
Introduction to Water Loss Auditing and Control at Water Utilities
Time: Thursday, Oct. 31, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern time
Conference Dial-in Number: (605) 477-2100
Participant Access Code:

The engineers at Cavanaugh & Associates will share their expertise, walk through the basics of water loss auditing and control, and answer your questions (as time allows) about this key component of water system efficiency. Water loss is one of the top targets for effective system management to secure water savings.

This webinar is aimed at conservation professionals in Georgia, the Carolinas, Alabama and other southeastern states. This brief introduction aims to improve the collective understanding, in the nonprofit community, of the water loss work that water utilities are undertaking.

Webconference instructions: At our start time, go to
Log in as a Guest, and Adobe Connect will load on your screen.

Questions? Contact Ben Emanuel, or 404-373-3980.

15.    Financial Management Webinar Series
River Network’s newest offering is a comprehensive Nonprofit Financial Management training offered through a series of six (6), 90-minute webinars. The webinars will cover the following: Balance sheets, Budgets, Income and expense statements, Revenue projections, Time sheets, Cash flow tools, Accounting manuals, and internal controls procedures.

The webinar series will involve six (6) -90 minute webinars starting in November 2013 and ending April 2014. will take place the first Tuesday of every month at the same time: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm EST. Click here for more information about the webinar series. 

16.    Public Webinars/Meeting for Proposed Water Quality Standards Regulatory Clarifications
EPA is announcing the availability of two public webinars and one public meeting for the Water Quality Standards Regulatory Clarifications Proposed Rule that was published on September 04, 2013 (78 FR 54517).  

Click here to register for the public webinars and/or public meeting.   EPA will also be announcing the details of the webinars and meeting in a subsequent Federal Register Notice.
The public webinar and public meeting dates and times are as follows:
•    Public Webinar 1-September 24, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern.
•    Public Meeting-October 23, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in the Visitor Center Auditorium in Washington, DC.
•    Public Webinar 2-November 14, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern.
Click here for more information about the proposed rule.

17.    FAQ: Pulling Off a Successful Silent Auction
This month, Debra Tate, GRN’s Administrative Assistant, answers a question she’s frequently asked by watershed groups in Georgia: How to organize a successful silent auction. Click here to read more from Debra!

18.    River Network’s Habitat Program Resources
River Network’s Habitat Program is a collection of their program’s web-based resources – both new and old. If you haven’t explored these tools and resources recently (or ever!), please do so today and find the tools that will best help you to stay connected with tools and resources to make your work easier and stronger.  

So explore the Clean Water Act online course, get the latest news on the Habitat Blog, connect with them on Twitter, or follow their news feeds. Of course, if you need help there’s always the good old-fashioned phone too…however you do it, just stay in touch!

Your Habitat Program staff:
Merritt Frey (801-486-1224;
Gayle Killam (503-542-8387;

19.    Wunderlist
Need an app that helps you organize your lists? Wunderlist is what the pros recommend.

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

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