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Confluence Newsletter
December 2009
In This Issue

Happy Holidays!
Annual Conference Registration Open
GRN Announces Georgia Water Wire Blog
Paddle Georgia 2010 - Save the Date
Holiday Gifts that Support Rivers
Year End Gift
Upcoming Events

Happy Holidays from the GRN Staff! 

L-R: April Ingle, Ben Emanuel, Jesslyn Shields, Dana Skelton, Doug Barnes
Photo by Bryan Nuse, Taken on the Oconee River in Athens

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Georgia River Network Annual Conference Registration Now Open

We are pleased to announce that February 19-20, 2009, GRN’s 10th Annual Conference will be held on Jekyll Island, Georgia at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.  Each year, Georgia River Network puts on a conference for water advocates all over the state of Georgia.  GRN is committed to providing an interesting and compelling annual conference, full of useful information, interesting speakers and lots of time to talk to one another about the issues that affect us all. For registration and details, visit

A River Runs Through It: Our Stories and Our Work from Headwaters to the Sea

3 Informative Tracks
• What the Lake Lanier Decision Means for Georgia: In this track, we will look at how this decision offers an opportunity to create a true “culture of conservation” where we use water efficiently all of the time and not just during times of crises. 
• Environmental Issues on the Coast:  This track will explore the current environmental issues on the coast and discuss what is being done by groups to address those issues.
• Watershed Protection and You: This track, hosted by Georgia Adopt-a-Stream, will focus on monitoring pollution and river health for the layperson.

Friday Workshops
• Telling Your River Stories with Janisse Ray
• Bacterial Sampling Training and Biological and Chemical Recertification with Georgia Adopt-a-Stream
• “Get the Dirt Out” Train the Trainer

Networking, Exhibits and Fun
• A Friday night party featuring live music, awards ceremony, food, drinks, and a live and silent auction
• Fun field trips Sunday morning!

Presented by REI
Additional Sponsorship to Date: REM, Fish Action Response Team, Appalachian Outfitters and Broad River Watershed Association
Partner: Georgia Adopt-A-Stream

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GRN Announces GRN Water Wire Blog

The Georgia Water Wire blog is for anyone interested in the state’s water resources and their future. The Georgia Water Wire’s goal is to provide readers with up-to-date, relevant news about Georgia’s waterways along with our perspective on what’s going on. Go to and sign up to receive new posts in your inbox.

 Paddle Georgia - Save the Date

Paddle Georgia 2010 will be on the Broad and Savannah rivers June 19-June 25, 2010. To be added to the Paddle Georgia Information list, click here.
Paddle Georgia features:
  • Daily paddle trips averaging 13 miles
  • Nightly camping with meals, games, entertainment and educational programs
  • Tours of industrial facilities, historic sites and more
  • Scientific research including chemical and biological water monitoring
  • Companionship and camaraderie with hundreds of fellow paddlers
  • Fundraiser for Georgia River Network, Broad River Watershed Association and Savannah Riverkeeper

To learn more, visit

Holiday Gifts That Support Rivers

Give coffee, tshirts, green cleaning supplies or GRN memberships this holiday season. Visit out website at


Cafe Campesino is the official coffee vendor of Paddle Georgia. Try out a special blend developed just for Georgia River Network. When you purchase this special blend from Café Campesino, they will donate 10% of your coffee sale to GRN. If you want to help ensure a clean water legacy for our beautiful state and like great coffee, this robust blend of Guatemala, Sumatra, and Nicaragua Dark is for you. Product ID: 181 – GA River Network Special Blend, Full City Roast – Fair Trade, organic. Visit Cafe Campesino

Make A Year End Gift to GRN

Please remember GRN for your year-end giving.  Making a year-end gift is easy, just click here.

Also, consider adding GRN to your will or estate plans.  You can add a bequest to GRN in your will simply by adding this language “I give and bequeath to Georgia River Network, 126 South Milledge Avenue, Suite E3, Athens, GA 30605 the sum of $xxx (or specific property etc.) to be used as the board of directors determines."  Call Doug Barnes at 706-549-4508 for more information about making a legacy gift to support GRN.


Upcoming Events

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