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August 2014
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Georgia River Network News Stream
August 2014

1.    GRN Welcomes Glenn Dowling as Executive Director
2.    8 Georgia River Groups Awarded 2014 Turner Regrants
3.    Chattahoochee River User’s Guide Released August 15th
4.    Aquifer Storage and Recovery in Georgia
5.    American Rivers Fellowship Announcement
6.    Georgia River Network's Remaining Hidden Gems Paddles 
7.    14 in 14 Challenge
8.    Yellow River to be Established as Official Water Trail

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
9.    GRN at Terrapin Brewery in Athens
10.    South River Jamboree: Serenade by the River
11.    Atlanta Green Roof Symposium
12.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper 20th Anniversary Gala
13.    Fall Soque Celebration
14.    Snail Darter Presentation at UGA

Nonprofit Resources
15.     Who’s the Boss? Board or Executive Director?
16.    What is Micromanagement, and What Isn’t?

Fundraising Deadlines
17.    Grants

1.    GRN Welcomes Glenn Dowling as Executive Director
The Georgia River Network (GRN) announces the hiring of one of Georgia’s most staunch natural resource conservationists, Glenn Dowling, as the organization’s new executive director.  Dowling joins the GRN staff with an eye towards growing statewide relationships.

Glenn first gained his love for Georgia’s rivers during his childhood in and around Albany, Georgia where he explored the Flint River and many of its tributaries, including the Kinchafoonee, Muckalee and Ichuawaynochaway creeks.  Already having a working relationship with GRN through the Georgia Water Coalition, Glenn said, “GRN is a voice for every Georgian with a passion for our rivers.  Whether we are dependent on enough clean water for access to a wealth of recreational opportunities, agricultural production, and clean drinking water, the health of our rivers is paramount to the health of our communities, local economies and the health and wellbeing of every Georgian.  GRN is giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to amplify the voice of Georgians with a passion for passing on the natural heritage that is our rivers.  It is my pleasure to join a highly capable and committed staff that functions extremely well. I will work to increase GRN’s financial capacity in support of staff and programs.  It will be a privilege to serve all of Georgia by advocating for and promoting a clean water legacy. I am humbled by the opportunity”.  Glenn and his wife Kristina have two boys, Aaron (7) and Axel (5).  

Julie Stuart, chair of GRN’s board of directors said, “We are thrilled to have Glenn join us as the new executive director.  Glenn's depth and breadth of experience throughout his career: at the capitol, representing counties, with hunters and fisherman protecting our lands and rivers, and as a city manager, is the perfect combination of someone who understands policy decisions from a high level and loves to be in the trenches fighting to keep our rivers clean and flowing. We are excited about the new relationships he brings to our organization, including deep roots in South Georgia as we grow our capacity and reach throughout the state.  Please join us as we welcome Glenn to Georgia River Network.”

The announcement of Dowling as executive director comes on the heels of the 10th Anniversary of Paddle Georgia.  Every June, Georgia River Network leads a paddling trip where participants get up close and personal with one of Georgia’s rivers.  Logging in more than 44,000 combined river miles in one week, this dedicated flotilla of river advocates continues to grow in number and diversity, now boasting participants from as close by as the communities along the river, to as far away as Europe.  To learn more about Paddle Georgia and other ways to get involved in protecting your river, visit  Georgia River Network is a 501(c) 3 non-profit working to ensure a clean water legacy by engaging and empowering Georgians to protect, restore and enjoy our rivers from the mountains to the coast.

You can contact Glenn at  

2.    8 Georgia River Groups Awarded 2014 Turner Regrants
Thanks to support from the Turner Foundation, Georgia River Network was able to re-grant funds to grassroots groups protecting Georgia’s rivers.

Thanks to support from the Turner Foundation, Georgia River Network was able to re-grant funds to grassroots groups protecting Georgia’s rivers.  Eight applications totaling $55,534 were received. Seven grantees were awarded a total of $40,000. Grants were awarded to the following organizations:
  • Town of Braselton / Adopt-A-Stream Group ($500) Town of Braselton’s Adopt-A-Stream group will purchase supplies needed to execute an Adopt-A-Stream clean-up of Mulberry River.
  • Coosa River Basin Initiative ($10,000) Coosa River Basin Initiative will monitor land development and water supply development.
  • Willacoochee, Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Little River Systems Watershed Coalition ($500) WWALS will provide marketing materials for a new water trail in development on the Alapaha River with the assistance of Georgia River Network’s Community Programs Coordinator.

As part of a collaborative campaign, the following four Riverkeepers have chosen to work together toward re-establishing the buffer protection for salt marshes that was removed by Georgia EPD this year and extend salt marsh buffer protection throughout the coastal plain during the 2015 legislative session.
  • Altamaha Riverkeeper ($8,000) Altamaha Riverkeeper will serve as the operational and organizational lead within the partnership, as well as coordinate with partners state-wide on the legislative efforts.
  • Ogeechee Riverkeeper ($8,000), Satilla Riverkeeper ($8,000), Savannah Riverkeeper ($5,000) These three groups will work in partnership to develop and implement the outreach and communications plan and materials.

3.    Chattahoochee River User’s Guide Released August 15th
The Chattahoochee River User’s Guide traces the 430-mile course of the Hooch from its headwaters at a spring on Coon Den Ridge near Jacks Knob in northeastern Georgia to its confluence with the Flint River, where they form the Apalachicola River. The Georgia River Network guides provide many little-known facts about Georgia’s rivers, bring to life these rivers’ cultural and natural history, and present river issues in an immersive and engaging manner that will inspire users to help protect their local waterways. Release date August 15th.  Call our office to preorder the book at 706.549.4508.

4.    Aquifer Storage and Recovery in Georgia
There are no operational aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) wells in Georgia.  A moratorium on ASR operations in coastal Georgia’s Floridian aquifer was in place for fifteen years between 1999 and July 1, 2014 when the moratorium expired.  A public-private partnership conducted an ASR experiment that failed to meet expectations in northwest Georgia (Coosa River basin) between 2009 and 2012.  Today, a state managed experimental ASR and stream-flow augmentation project is under development in southwest Georgia’s Baker County (Flint River basin).  As for the future, the Coastal Regional Water Council and five other councils think ASR could be a potential future water management practice.  However, according to the past polling and public comment, coastal Georgians think ASR will harm their drinking and well water. You can read the full article on ASR here.

5.    American Rivers Fellowship Announcement
The Clean Water Supply Fellow will work to move Southeast communities toward a sustainable and integrated approach to water management while providing program support for the American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program. You can look at the fellowship announcement here.

6.    Two Remaining  Hidden Gem Paddles
Our Hidden Gems paddling series has been wildly popular, so don’t miss the two remaining excursions that will let you rediscover some of the hidden gems on Georgia’s waterways. Each 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.
  • Chattahoochee River - September 13
    From Derelict Dams to Recreational Whitewater - Adventure on a Revitalized River in Columbus
  • Satilla River - November 15
    Giant Magnolia’s and Burnt Forts - a Glimpse of the Satilla’s Unique Past
You can find out more about the Hidden Gems series here.

7.    14 in 14 Challenge
Georgia River Network is challenging Georgians to get out and protect, restore, learn about, recreate and volunteer on Georgia’s rivers by attending 14 river related events in 2014. Watershed groups throughout the state offer a variety of experiences such as family friendly paddling trips, river hikes, watershed workshops, conferences, river clean ups, water quality monitoring opportunities, and advocacy events, all of which qualify to fulfill the Challenge. The goal is to promote Georgia’s growing movement in river restoration, protection, and engagement.  Get outside, get active and get involved in river and watershed protection, restoration and engagement opportunities with friends and family. You can find out more about the 14 in 14 Challenge here.

8.    Yellow River to be Established as Official Water Trail
After 2 years in the developing phase, including one year of intensive technical support with Georgia River Network Community Programs Coordinator, Gwyneth Moody, and another year of working tirelessly to develop the Yellow River Water Trail (YRWT), the Yellow River has officially met the required water trail criteria to be considered an established water trail. The Yellow River runs through the counties of Gwinnett, DeKalb, Rockdale, Newton, and Jasper before entering Lake Jackson. The 47.5 mile water trail is being established in phases, breaking the river down into day-trip sections of 5 to 6 miles. A few of their accomplishments include:
  • Partnered with Newton County,  Newton Trails, Keep Covington Newton Beautiful, Newton Family Collaborative, Jackson Lake Homeowners Association, the Cities of Porterdale and Covington, Upper Ocmulgee River & Conservation Development and other non-profit groups to engage the communities in outdoor recreation to combat childhood and adult obesity.
  • Held over 25 river cleanups, one of which received national attention.
  • Started the popular "Mellow on the Yellow Summer Paddling Series".
  • Created a website and established memberships.
  • Had 'Resolutions of Support' for the YRWT signed by Porterdale, Covington, and Newton County Water & Sewer Authority and property owners, Charles & Hilda Berry. Resolutions are pending in Rockdale County with plans to continue relationships in Dekalb and Gwinnett Counties.
  • Completed resurfacing of Mt. Tabor Bridge Access point in the Almon Community using recycled asphalt from recent road projects at no cost to taxpayers and assisted the city of Porterdale with the development of the new Porterdale Yellow River Park Canoe/Kayak Launch.
  • Established a Yellow River Adopt-A-Stream testing team with monthly chemical testing in Newton County.
  • Currently in the design phase of the Yellow River Water Trail Master Map.

    To learn more about the Yellow River Water Trail and get involved check out their website:

9.    GRN at Terrapin Brewery in Athens
When: September 18, 5:30-8:30
Where: Terrapin Brewery, Athens, GA
Raise your glass and help GRN raise money for our rivers at Terrapin Brewery. GRN will get $2 for every GRN logo pint glass purchased. Pass this message to your friends and join the staff of GRN at Terrapin Brewery from 5:30-8:30pm at 265 Newton Bridge Road in Athens.

10.    South River Jamboree: Serenade by the River
When: October 4, 6 AM-9PM
Where: 5052 River Road, Ellenwood, GA
Cost: $40/person
Enjoy an enchanting evening on the banks of the South River.  Serenade by the River will feature delicious catered hors d’oeuvres, tasty spirits, great mood music from the Matthew Wauchope Trio, and a silent auction. You can purchase tickets here!

11.    Atlanta Green Roof Symposium
What: Atlanta Green Roof Symposium: Protecting Georgia's Watersheds
When: Monday, September 15, 2014, 9am - 4pm
Where: Southface Home Depot Foundation Training Center - 241 Pine St. NE, Atlanta, GA
Cost: $99 for regular admission until Sept. 2 ($125 after) and $49 for registered students
Earn continuing education credits through AIA CES, LA CES, GBCI, and GRHC
Featuring Expert green infrastructure policy and design speakers from the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Regional Commission, the University of Georgia, and more.
Click here to learn more and register.

12.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper 20th Anniversary Gala
When: October 14, 6:00 PM
Where: InterContinental Buckhead
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a gala benefit, co-chaired by Shearon and Taylor Glover and Jim and Sarah Kennedy.
A reception at 6 p.m. will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and an inspirational program that will look back at the past two decades of CRK accomplishments and partnerships.

They will also be saluting Sally Bethea, CRK’s founding director and riverkeeper, prior to her retirement at the end of this year.

Attendees will hear from new leaders: Juliet Cohen, who will be executive director, and Jason Ulseth, who will be riverkeeper.

For ticket details, sponsorships and more, check the CRK website.

13.    Fall Soque Celebration
When: October 25, 6:30 pm
Where: Habersham Mill, Demorest, GA
The SRWA has gained a good reputation over the years for throwing a GREAT party on the river every now and then. MARK YOUR CALENDARS for what should be one of our best! The FALL SOQUE CELEBRATION will be on Saturday, October 25th at 6:30pm and is located at the splendid and historic Habersham Mill. The Mill is one of the most notable landmarks on the River and recent and beautiful restorations have once again brought the facility into use. Tickets go on sale on September 1st. Click here for more information:

14.     Snail Darter Presentation at UGA
When: Tuesday, September 23 at 5:15 PM
Where:  Odum School of Ecology Auditorium
Title: "The Snail Darter and the Dam: How Pork-Barrel Politics Endangered a Little Fish and Killed a River" by Zygmunt Plater.

Sponsored by the UGA College of Environment and Design, the Envirionmental Ethics Program and the Odum School of Ecology, this talk will be given by Professor Plater of Boston College Law School. Professor Plater will discuss a landmark case, TVA vs. Hill, better known as the "snail darter" case. Even today, thirty years after the legal battles to save the endangered snail darter, the little fish that blocked completion of a TVA dam is still invoked as an icon of leftist extremism and governmental foolishness. In his eye-opening book, the lawyer who with his students fought and won the Supreme Court case known officially as Tennessee Valley Authority v. Hill tells the hidden story behind one of the nation’s most significant environmental law battles.

The realities of the darters case, Plater asserts, have been consistently mischaracterized in politics and the media. His book offers a detailed account of the six-year crusade against a pork-barrel project that made no economic sense and was flawed from the start. In reality TVA’s project was designed for recreation and real estate development. And at the heart of the little group fighting the project in the courts and Congress were family farmers trying to save their homes and farms, most of which were to be resold in a corporate land development scheme. Plater’s gripping tale of citizens navigating the tangled corridors of national power stimulates important questions about our nations governance, and at last sets the snail darters record straight.

15.    Who’s the Boss? Board or Executive Director?
The answer is…it depends!

16.    What is Micromanagement, and What Isn’t?
Find out 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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