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March 2014
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Georgia River Network News Stream
March 2014


News
1.    Special Announcement from GRN Executive Director April Ingle
2.    2014 Legislative Session Update
3.    Weekend for Rivers—Registration Special for Board Members, and More!
4.    Weekend for Rivers Auction
5.    Win a Spot on Paddle Georgia 2014!
6.    Paddle Georgia Teacher Scholarship
7.    Georgia Water Wire Blog: Clean Water Is Not a Luxury
8.    2014 Hidden Gems Paddles
9.    Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint
10.    GRN’s 14 in 14 Challenge
11.    Fall Line South Field Institute: Altamaha Odyssey
12.    River Cleanup Survey
13.    Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest!
14.    Water Conservation: A New Learning Network

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
15.    Join GRN at the Banff Film Festival in Athens
16.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Sweep the Hooch
17.    Where the Water Goes
18.    Keeping it Wild Spring Break Family Glamping
19.    Adopt-A-Stream Confluence
20.    National River Rally

Nonprofit Resources
21.     FAQ: Finding Out About Problems in Your Watershed
22.    Basic Photo Editing in Power Point

Fundraising Deadlines
23.    Grant Opportunities

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1.    Special Announcement from GRN Executive Director April Ingle
After nearly 11 years at Georgia River Network, April will be leaving GRN in mid-July to start a consulting business that supports non-profits that are working to change the world for the better.  Read the full announcement here. GRN is now taking applications for the position of Executive Director. Visit our website to view the job posting.

2.    2014 Legislative Session Update
Good news! Thanks to the collective hard work of many, the Georgia House passed an amendment to SB 213 on March 12, that vastly improves the bill.

Although SB 213 is not a necessary piece of legislation, the Georgia Water Coalition supports the amended version and all the hard work that went into fixing the bill by a bi-partisan group of legislators.

This AJC article on SB 213 highlights how the new version is “a far cry from the wide-reaching” bill initially passed by the Senate. Thanks to all of you who talked to your legislators about the bill!

3.    Weekend for Rivers: Registration Special for Board Members, and More!
Have you registered for Weekend for Rivers yet? Join us April 5-6 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell.

Here are a couple of fun highlights:

•    The Board of Directors Track: For the first time in a few years, we’re devoting a whole track to nonprofit issues—specifically board development.  Saturday afternoon, find out about all kinds of issues affecting nonprofit boards, like how your board members can use their individual expertise for the good of the organization, the best ways to recruit the right board members for your board, fundraising, board problem solving, and more! And if you’re a member of a nonprofit river group board in Georgia, we’re offering a registration special: Buy One, Get One free for board members!  

•    River Celebration Awards and Party: One of the highlights of our year! Join your friends on Saturday, April 5th at 7pm at The Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell for dinner by Satterfield's, beer and wine, music by our DJ, a silent auction, our famous Paddle GA Port-Potty-Auction and River Celebration Awards. To buy tickets for the party, click HERE. The party ticket is included in the full Weekend for Rivers registration.

•    Mini Paddle Georgia: Spend a beautiful spring day on the Chattahoochee, paddling around Bull Sluice Lake, the reservoir formed by Morgan Falls Dam, a hydroelectric dam built in 1903-1904 to power Atlanta’s trolley cars.  Participants can paddle the day away, checking in at interpretive stations to learn about natural history, current issues affecting the Chattahoochee, and how the Native Americans used the river. 
 
Sign up for Weekend for Rivers today! It’s going to be a blast!

4.    Weekend for Rivers Auction
Support GRN and bid on fantastic items in Weekend for Rivers’ First Annual Online Auction!
  • Lifetime spot on Paddle Georgia
  • Paddle Trips
  • Fishing Trips
  • Vacation Getaways to Little St. Simon’s, Savannah, Athens, Asheville, and Florida
  • Braves Tickets
  • Art
  • Wine Tasting
  • Dance Lessons
This auction is part of GRN’s Weekend for Rivers’ efforts to raise funds for GRN to continue protecting, restoring, and enjoying Georgia’s beautiful rivers. It takes place on March 24-30. Click on the link below to check out all of the fantastic items you can bid on and win, and please share it with others! We want our first online auction to be a BIG success! Check out the auction items here!

5.    Win a Spot on Paddle Georgia 2014!
Just when you thought the opportunity to experience Paddle Georgia's 10th Anniversary on the Chattahoochee River was lost forever, we are now offering you another chance to win a spot - registration fee* included!

Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20! There is no limit on how many you can purchase. The only condition is that you must be present at Georgia River Network's Weekend for Rivers party on the night of April 5, 2014 to win.

If you aren't already registered to attend Weekend for Rivers, click here to SIGN UP TODAY. You have the option to join us for the entire weekend or just the party. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase online until April 4 at 5:00pm and in-person until April 5 at 6:00pm. They can be purchased here: http://ow.ly/uBk71

*Meals and special shuttles are not included.

6.    Paddle Georgia Teacher Scholarship
Are you a Georgia educator teaching grades K-12? If so, you are eligible to apply for one of 12 scholarships to participate in Paddle Georgia 2014 for FREE! Receive training in Georgia Adopt-A-Stream and Project WET and take your 7-day adventure on the Chattahoochee back to the classroom during the 2014-15 school year. This program is made possible through support from the Captain Planet Foundation, National Park Service and Cobb County Watershed Stewardship. Click here to learn more.

7.    Georgia Water Wire Blog: Clean Water Is Not a Luxury
On November 26, 2013, Altamaha Riverkeeper (ARK) filed a notice of intent to sue Rayonier Performance Fibers for violating the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).  More specifically, ARK – represented by Green Law, Stack & Associates and Southern Environmental Law Center – asserts that discharges from Rayonier’s Jesup mill into the river exceed the company’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit limits for color and odor. Read more here: http://gawaterwire.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/clean-water-is-not-a-luxury/

8.    2014 Hidden Gems
Enjoy four different occasions to rediscover some of the hidden gems on Georgia’s waterways. Each river trip will include lunch and presentations along the route, ranging from natural history and water quality testing to cultural history and river cleanups.

Ogeechee River - May 10
Secrets of South Georgia’s Tea-Colored Waters & White Barking Sands

Oconee River - August 23
Bobbin through Remnants of the Oconee’s Historic Timeworn Textile Mills

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

Stay tuned for information on how to register and learn more at www.garivers.org!

9.    Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint
Join Georgia River Network Columbus Day weekend 2014 for a voyage on the Flint River that would fill Christopher Columbus with envy. Oct. 10-13, we’ll travel 70 miles on the Flint from Albany to Bainbridge taking in the best of the Flint--beautiful blue hole springs, lively rapids, rich history, abundant wildlife and more! Fashioned after our annual week-long Paddle Georgia events, we’ll tent camp at Chehaw Park and on the river two nights at Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat. Like our annual summer adventure, we’ll enjoy catered meals, educational programs and great camaraderie as we make our way down one of Georgia’s most beautiful rivers during a beautiful time of year. Tent camping only with limited options for indoor camping. Registration for this event will begin in April.  Visit www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia/fallfloat.html for more information.

10.    Georgia River Network's 14 in 2014 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. To learn more, visit http://garivers.org/news/440-grn-challenge.html


11.    Fall Line South Field Institute: Altamaha Odyssey
Jesslyn Shields is starting a field school for young people to learn about and love the wonderful Southern wilds!  Fall Line South Field Institute has assembled a creative, experienced staff, and is ready to take off with its inaugural course: Altamaha Odyssey, this June 6th-15th!  Teens, aged 14-18 should apply for this 10 day course on the Altamaha river, where they’ll seine fish off a sand bar in the middle of the night, learn to draw frog skin, talk about the philosophy of why we value what we value, practice the meditative art of shooting a bow and arrow, and much more!  To find out more about Fall Line South, Altamaha Odyssey, and how to apply, check out their website at www.falllinesouth.org.

12.    River Cleanup Survey
Have you ever helped organize or participated in a shoreline cleanup, beach cleanup, or related trash removal activity?

If the answer is “yes,” then Water Words That Work wants to hear from you. They are surveying conservation professionals about their experience and perspectives on river cleanups, beach cleanups, and related trash-removal activities.  The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. All replies are anonymous and will be treated confidentially. Take the survey here: https://aytm.com/rff34e8

Water Words That Work will provide everyone who completes the survey with selected results and an invitation to a webinar where an expert will share “best practices” for organizing successful, year-round cleanup activities through intense (and fun) investigations into your shorelines and community. One person who completes the questionnaire will win their choice of 5 Ocean-themed gift items.

13.    Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest!
Attention, K-5 Teachers!  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia and The Environmental Resources Network, Inc. (TERN) encourages you and your students to participate in the 24th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest! This popular conservation art contest provides a unique opportunity for students to explore the wonders of Georgia’s native plant and animal species through this year’s theme: Plug into Nature.  More information click here.

14.    Water Conservation: A New Learning Network
With California facing its worst drought ever and similar events in the Midwest and Southeast still fresh in mind, River Network has launched a new initiative that can help.

Fifteen watershed groups in 10 states are taking part in a Water Conservation and Community Engagement Peer Learning Network. Between now and June, participants will learn from national experts on water conservation and efficiency, and will learn from each other about successful ways to engage their communities in these programs. At the end of the project, River Network will produce and distribute a report that can be shared even more broadly.

Want to do your part? Here are some timely tips on what you can do in your own home!

15.    Join GRN at the Banff Film Festival in Athens
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings Banff films to audiences around the globe. Immediately after the Festival ends, a selection of the best films go on tour, and Half Moon Outfitters is bringing these films to Athens, GA on Friday, April 4th at 7pm at the Morton Theatre. A portion of the proceeds benefit GRN. Buy tickets now. Will call ticket pickup starts at 5:30.    

16.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Sweep the Hooch
When: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Where: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is gearing up for another BIG cleanup this year on April 12! Although it's obvious to most that river cleanups improve the quality of our water, they do much more than that. Cleanups are also a great way to develop a sense of "river community." This is your chance to volunteer and be part of this community.

Last year’s Sweep the Hooch cleanup resulted in 3.7 tons of river refuse with more than half ton of trash recycled – all with the support of over 550 volunteers!

Learn more about the 2014 cleanup at the official site: www.sweepthehooch.org.

REGISTER HERE!

17.   Where the Water Goes
When: Saturday, March 22, 2014, 9a - 2p
Where: East Point & Southeast Atlanta Neighborhoods
In partnership with EcoAddendum, Keeping it Wild and South River Watershed Alliance begin the first of a six- outing series focused on Georgia's unique water paths.  This journey will begin at the headwaters of the South River in East Point, and follow it’s traces through neighborhoods and Atlanta's South Bend Park, ending with a final walk along the path & boardwalk at one of DeKalb County's hidden gems - Constitution Lakes, which was an old clay quarry that is now a rich network of lakes and wetlands, adjacent to the South River corridor. Enjoy a Bring-Your-Own-Lunch picnic at the lakes, and South River Watershed Alliance President Jackie Echols will share the history and importance of this significant river that originates in the metro Atlanta area and flows on as a part of the largest river system in Georgia. This outing will involve visiting several locations with light walking, not more than 1.5 miles altogether. Van transportation will be available from the meeting location, or you can bring your own vehicle.  Space is limited. Register here!
 
18.    Keeping it Wild Spring Break Family Glamping
When: Friday, April 11 - Sunday, April 13, 2014
Where: High Falls State Park |76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson, 30233
Go Glamping with Keeping It Wild and the Edge of Night Camping Club! Families who enjoy being in nature but prefer a soft bed at night are called Glampers.  Instead of tents, glampers experience nature in yurts.  A yurts is a blend between a tent and cabin with a locking front & back door, small deck, picnic table, outside grill, furniture, heater, electrical outlets and even a ceiling fan inside. Hot showers and flush toilets are nearby.  Enjoy two days and nights of fun-filled family activities at High Falls State Park.  You won't want to miss! Register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/keeping-it-wild-554952665

19.    Adopt-A-Stream Confluence
Confluence is a place for you to come meet other volunteers to discuss, share, and learn more about the newest trends in water quality monitoring!
When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 ~ 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center ~ Buford, Georgia
Registration:  $30 ($20 for students) - Includes entrance to all sessions, t-shirt, lunch, door prizes and much more.  Please note that some sessions are limited to 20 participants, so register early to reserve your spot.  Register for Confluence here!

20.    National River Rally
This May 30th-June 2, some 750 river advocates from around the globe will convene in Pittsburgh, PA for River Rally 2014, a joint production of River Network and the Waterkeeper Alliance.  

Highlights will include 70 workshops, a dozen field trips, the annual River Heroes banquet and plenary speakers including Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Ma Jun, a journalist and activist who brought new public attention to China's environmental woes.

Register for Rally here!

21.    FAQ: Finding Out About Problems in Your Watershed
Each month, our staff answers one of our more frequently asked questions.  This one’s from our archives: our Policy Director Chris Manganiello answers a question a lot of people ask us: “How do I find out about problems in my local rivers and streams?” Check our Chris’ answer here.

22.    Basic Photo Editing in Power Point
Often we need to add and edit photos without the help of a graphic designer. Luckily, PowerPoint has a surprising amount of easy-to-use features that make it easy to quickly personalize your photos.

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

Outdoor Nation
Outdoor Nation and partners - Emerald Expositions, top paddle-sport companies and the National Park Service - are looking for the most innovative projects that connect young Americans to their waterways through recreational paddling. And they’re awarding $40,000 to the top 16 ideas!
 
They are looking for the top projects reinforcing the idea that recreational paddling is one of the most accessible and impactful ways to introduce young Americans to the outdoors. Think you or someone you know has the best idea for a project? Share this opportunity or APPLY NOW!


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