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News Stream
June 2012
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Georgia River Network News Stream
June 2012

1.    GRN Teams Up with Outdoor Afro
2.    Another Memorial Day Passes With ore Dead Fish in the Ogeechee River
3.    EPA Video Project: “Why Water is Worth It”
4.    Georgia Gives Day
5.    Take the Donor Challenge

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
6.    Reel Paddling Festival
7.    Events on the South & Yellow Rivers
8.    Save the Date: Upcoming Water Trails Workshop
9.    Leading from Within
10.   Ogeechee Riverkeeper Annual Meeting
11.   Flint Riverkeeper Shoal Bass Saturday
12.   8th Annual Satilla Riverkeeper Gala
13.   Organized Paddling Trips

Nonprofit Resources
14.   Where Do You Keep Your Stories?

Fundraising Deadlines
15.   New Grant Opportunities


1.  GRN Teams Up with Outdoor Afro
Georgia River Network and Outdoor Afro have teamed up to connect more diverse audiences to our rivers, lakes, and streams for both enjoyment and stewardship. We want to hear your needs, concerns, and usage patterns about waterways to help support more engagement for everyone!
Over the next few months Outdoor Afro and Georgia Rivers Network will collaborate to share how more African-Americans can connect and enjoy their local rivers and waterways.  We will feature examples of African American historical and current participation along waterways, and finally share ideas and resources where people can get connected to programs and other resources. It is our hope we can help empower people and organizations with the information they need to choose rivers and waterways as a part of a relevant connection to nature and conservation.  To help inform our work, please take this quick survey for a chance to win this Bee Natural HoneyPot candle!  Click HERE to Enter.

2.  Another Memorial Day Passes With More Dead Fish in the Ogeechee River
One year ago, the Ogeechee River experienced the worst fish kill in the state of Georgia's history. This Memorial Day weekend, we were saddened to find more dead fish in the river. Click HERE to read more.

3.  EPA Video Project: “Why Water is Worth It”
2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the nation’s law for protecting our most irreplaceable resource.  Everyone deserves clean water - it is vital for our health, communities, environment and economy.

To help commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency is asking people to send in a 15-second video clip about the important role that water plays in their life.  Each video should include the phrase “Water Is Worth It, . . .” but the rest is up to you.  EPA will post selected videos on its website and Facebook page. Click HERE to learn more.

Fill out a video entry form, and submit your entry as a video response to the promotional video on EPA’s YouTube page.  Video submissions must be received by September 14, 2012.

Grab your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, classmates, and pets and tell your story of why “Water is Worth It” to you!

4.    Georgia Gives Day
Georgia Gives is a statewide initiative that focuses the attention of the public on the work and worth of nonprofits.  

Georgia Gives Day inspires individuals to donate to participating nonprofits through a website with the goal of raising as much money as possible in a 24 hour period.  

Georgia Gives Day will take place on December 6, 2012. makes donating easy by organizing nonprofits on one website, providing key facts about these charities and facilitates online donations by credit card or echeck.

To participate, or for more information, click HERE.

5.    Take the Donor Challenge
An anonymous couple has issued Georgia River Network a challenge.  If we can raise $10,000 in cash by October 1, they will match each gift dollar for dollar.  However, there is a catch, the gifts have to be $1,000 or more and must come from a donor who has not made a $1,000 gift to GRN before today.  The anonymous couple wants to encourage new major donors in the work of protecting Georgia’s rivers. This exciting challenge has the potential to generate $20,000 for GRN’s mission!

GRN is thrilled about this opportunity and hopes that you will be excited as well.  Here is a great chance to make your generous $1,000 gift become a $2,000 gift immediately.

If you have any questions or are willing to accept this challenge, please contact Davin Welter at: or 706.549-4508.

6.    Reel Paddling Festival
Join Georgia River Network and Paddle Georgia participants on Monday, June 19 at Wayne County High School in Jesup at 7:30 PM for a free film festival focused on paddling. Rapid Media’s 7th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival showcases the world’s best paddling films to audiences around the world. Selected through a contest, the winners and other shortlisted films are then toured to more than 100 cities around the world, screening for an audience of more than 30,000 outdoor adventure enthusiasts and their friends and families.

7.    Events on the South & Yellow Rivers
In April, GRN’s Gwyneth Moody joined a dozen others for South River Watershed Alliances’ “Beyond the Bridge 2020” kick-off paddle. Along the way, Gwyneth captured people’s river stories on video which can be seen HERE.

Save the Date for two paddling/clean-up trips: September 8th on the South River and September 15th on the Yellow River.  Watch our website for details:

8.    Save the Date: Upcoming Water Trails Workshop
GRN's 4th Water Trails Workshop will be held October 13th, 2012 along the Yellow River in Porterdale, Georgia!  Contact Gwyneth Moody for details at

9.    Ogeechee Riverkeeper Annual Meeting
Learn about ORK's successes in 2011 as well as the challenges ahead. Stick around for their 2012 kick-off paddle!
When: Saturday June 23, 11am - 2pm
Where: Coleman Lake Restaurant, Midville, GA

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

10.    Leading from Within
Institute for Conservation Leadership is now accepting applications for their 2012-13 Leading From Within program.  Discover your unique capacity to lead in this five-month ICL intensive program of workshops, coaching, and peer learning.  Develop a leadership style that takes advantage for your unique personal traits. Be ready to tackle any situation through greater awareness of your individual strengths and confidence to impact others.  Develop life-long leadership skills to create productive teams, address conflicts, and build the trusting relationships we all need to succeed.  

Click HERE for more information.

11.    Flint River Shoal Bass Saturday

When: Saturday, June 16th 2012, 5-8pm
Where: GADNR 'Go Fish' Education Center , Perry GA.  Tour hours, directions and other Center info can be found HERE.

Join Flint Riverkeeper, the Shoal Bass Alliance and the Fisheries Management Section, Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for a Shoal Bass information meeting.   There is no charge for attending this meeting; come early to tour the 'Go Fish' Center for $5.

12.    8th Annual Satilla Riverkeeper Gala
When: Saturday, July 28th
Where: Strickland's Satilla Lodge near Raybon, GA
For more information:  email Kellie at

13.    Organized Paddling Trips
There are lots of paddling trips coming up this summer. To learn more about these events see our calendar. To have your water trail events added to the calendar, just send the details with a note to We have also created a user friendly spreadsheet that categorically and geographically organizes calendar events. Check it out HERE.

14.    Where Do You Keep Your Stories?
For tips on how to keep your stories and use them, check out this helpful article.

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

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