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Confluence Newsletter
July 2013
In This Issue

Paddle Georgia 2013 Recap
Join Us for the Final 3 of 4 Hidden Gems River Trips - Register Now
Help Us Raise $36,000 for Georgia Rivers
Etowah River Users' Guide - On Sale Now!
Wish List
Take the 2013 Paddle Challenge
GRN Photo Contest

Get GRN News in our RSS Feed

Paddle GA 2013 Recap

Paddle Georgia Logo No DatePaddle Georgia 2013 took place on June 15-21 on 106 miles of the Lower Flint. It was our best year yet, and we raised more than $40,000 for river protection in Georgia!
To re-live some of the moments through newspaper and other media reports, click this link.
• Check out Paddle Georgia's photo-packed virtual tour of the journey compiled by GRN staff and Paddle Georgia participants.
• Re-live the trip via Joe’s excellent summary of the trip in stories and pictures and Gwyneth's entertaining daily blogs and pics from the trip.
• Check out our Paddle Georgia photo albums on our Facebook page. You don't have to be on Facebook to view, but if you are on Facebook be sure to like us - we'll be posting new albums over the coming weeks and you don't want to miss them.
• Check out Joe's photos from the trip here.

Thanks to our Paddle Georgia Sponsors:
Georgia Power; Hennessy Land Rover Centres; Patagonia; Oglethorpe Power Corporation; StreamTechs; Stack and Associates; Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center; Cellairis; Len Foote Hike Inn; Chambliss, Sheppard, Roland & Baxter LLP; China Clay Producers Association; Kettle Chips; Sea to Summit; The Outside World; Carrier Transicold; Cafe Campesino; Jackson Spalding; The Rain Barrel Depot; Half Moon Outfitters; Coca-Cola Refreshments

Paddle Georgia 2013 Partners: Georgia Canoe Association, Flint Riverkeeper, Georgia Adopt–A – Stream, Project WET

Join Us for the Final 3 of 4 Seasons Hidden Gems River Trips - Register TODAY! 

KayakingreducedJoin GRN for 3 more Hidden Gems Paddling Events. Three different occasions to discover some of the hidden gems on Georgia's waterways. Each river trip will include presentations along the route, ranging from natural history and water quality testing to river clean-up training and kayak fishing. Find details and register at

August 4: Etowah River Paddle and Etowah River User’s Guide Book Launch Party with Coosa River Basin Initiative, Upper Etowah River Alliance, and Cherokee Historical Society
Sept. 7: Central Savannah Watershed Paddle with Georgia Kayak Fishing-Paddle 4 Tomorrow & Savannah Riverkeeper
Nov. 16: Altamaha River Watershed Paddle with Off Grid Expeditions, Rivers Alive & Altamaha Riverkeeper

Help Us Raise $36,000 for Georgia's Rivers

Georgia River Network has some very exciting news. 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, several of our major donors created new challenges. 

• 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. $8,000 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. 
• Another donor has put forward an opportunity for Georgia River Network to earn an additional $5,000 but for this opportunity they are going to match gifts of $500 or more from donors who have not made a one-time $500 gift to GRN before. Can you help us secure this $5000 donation and double it by meeting this challenge?
• Lastly, the Newland Family Foundation in Athens has graciously provided a grant that will match anyone who has made a $1,000 gift in the past but has not yet made a $1,000 donation this year. Can you help us double this grant?

To accept either of these challenges, 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

Etowah River User's Guide Book - On Sale Now!

EtowahRiverUsersGuidereduced 3Get Your Copy of the “Etowah River User’s Guide” TODAY
The first in a series of Georgia River Network Guidebooks, the “Etowah River User’s Guide,” authored by Joe Cook and published in cooperation with Coosa River Basin Initiative, is an appealing and handy look at the biologically diverse and beautiful Etowah River in North Georgia. Printed on waterproof paper by the University of Georgia Press, the book offers a fascinating history of the area and information valuable for novice or experienced paddlers as well as fishermen. It also will help explorers understand the threats facing the river and what steps can be taken to protect it for future generations.
To purchase your copy, call 706-549-4508 or come by the Georgia River Network office. Price: $21 including tax, $24 including tax and shipping.

Joe Cook is the author of the Georgia River Network Guidebook series published by the UGA Press, is coordinator of Georgia River Network’s Paddle Georgia Event, and the executive director of the Coosa River Basin Initiative.

Wish List

GRN is looking for the following new or gently used items for our office: a picnic table or concrete outdoor patio set, a good quality digital camera, and tablecloths. Email or call 706-549-4508 if you would like to donate any of these items.

Paddle Challenge 2013

2013 Challenge LogoIn 2013, Georgia River Network is encouraging river lovers to celebrate Georgia’s rivers – from wild places to urban waterways - by taking 13 people paddling in 2013 who might not otherwise go on their own. 

Click here to learn more about the Paddle Challenges.

GRN Photo Contest 

aprilwinner1Each month we will have a different theme and invite you to send us a photo that you think best represents the topic of the month. The June photo contest theme is "Favorite Paddle Georgia Photo" Click here to learn more and submit your photos. Or, click here to visit our homepage to view a slideshow of the June entries and winner.

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