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July 2014
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Georgia River Network News Stream
July 2014

1.    April Ingle Leaves GRN After 10 Years of Great Leadership
2.    Paddle Georgia 2014: A Sweet Reunion on the Chattahoochee!
3.    Chattahoochee River User’s Guide Released August 15th
4.    Oconee River Hidden Gem Paddle
5.    Have You Pledged Action on the Waters of the US Rulemaking?
6.    GA EPD Greenspace and Flood Protection Guidebook
7.    Outdoor Recreation Economy Report
8.    Metro Atlanta Water Reflections Photo Contest

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
9.    Savannah Riverkeeper Paddlefest
10.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper End of Summer BBQ
11.    10th Annual Satilla Riverkeeper Gala
12.    Georgia Association of Water Professionals Conference and Expo

Nonprofit Resources
13.     Create Great Surveys
14.    Search the Internet Like a Pro

Fundraising Deadlines
15.    Grants
•    Fund for Southern Communities
•    Kresge Foundation: Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity
•    Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grants


1.    April Ingle Leaves GRN After 10 Years of Great Leadership
It was our long-time Executive Director’s last day on Tuesday.  We’re going to miss April Ingle and are grateful for all she’s done to make GRN great!  Here’s the letter she sent to her colleagues on her last day of work:

Hello Friends! It’s surreal that this day is here, but it has arrived – my last day at Georgia River Network. It’s bittersweet, for sure. I’m so excited about getting to work on my new consulting business (April Ingle Consulting, LLC) and heading to Puerto Rico next week to celebrate my 40th birthday, but, of course it’s really hard to say goodbye to this job that I have loved, that has challenged me in innumerable ways, taught me so much, made me grow in ways I couldn’t have imagined, made me feel more rewarded than I could ever have imagined, allowed me to get to intimately know the magnificent rivers of our state, work side by side with my heroes to defend them, and make friends with people who have made my life better in ways they will probably never fully know. I’m a REALLY lucky girl.

I’m kinda surprised, but I don’t really feel sad – and I think that is because I completely intend to stay involved in supporting GRN and all your great organizations and continue in the fight to defend healthy rivers and a clean environment. For me, this is just a transition to a new role, not a departure. So I’m not going to say goodbye, and in fact, part of the purpose of this email is to make sure you have my new contact info.: phone: 706-540-5080, email:

The other purpose of this email is to say thank you. Thank you for all you have taught me, for having patience with me, for supporting me, and for working together with me. It’s been a blast, and I look forward to more.

Talk to you soon! With much love,

2.    Paddle Georgia 2014: A Sweet Reunion on the Chattahoochee!
Some 450 paddlers participated, helping generate more than $45,000 for river protection in Georgia! These funds will be used to support the work of Georgia River Network and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.  Check out Gwyneth’s day-by-day account of the happenings on the river, or Joe Cook’s wrap-up blog post here.

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. Read more at the UGA Press 2014 catalogue: (pg 24)

4.    Oconee River Hidden Gems Paddle
When: Saturday, Aug 23rd 9 AM – 5 PM
Where: North Oconee River in Downtown, Athens.
GRN is partnering with Upper Oconee Watershed Network, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, University of Georgia Office of Sustainability, UGA College of Environment & Design, UGA Outdoor Recreation, and Athens-Clarke County Oconee River Greenway Commission for this exciting event!

Spend a day paddling through the state’s hilly Piedmont as the Oconee winds through Athens. The paddle will include lunch and presentations along the route, ranging from history, water quality testing, and river cleanups to flora/fauna, and visual & performing arts.

***There will also be a Post-Paddle Party + Dinner at Weaver D’s Delicious Fine Foods! ***

• $50 ~ Includes Boat Rental, Lunch, and ACA Insurance ($35 kids)
• $25 ~ Includes Lunch and ACA Insurance, Bring your own Boat
• $25 ~ Special Student Rate - Includes Boat Rental, Lunch, and ACA Insurance
• $15 ~ Includes ACA Insurance, Bring your own Boat and Lunch


5.    Have You Pledged Action on the Waters of the US Rulemaking?
U.S. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers is currently taking comment on a draft rule clarifies which waters are protected under the Clean Water Act. This is the most important Clean Water Act rulemaking in decades.

River Network encourages watershed organizations and others working for clean, healthy water to learn about the rule, decide what it will mean for your watershed, and engage in the dialog about the future of Clean Water Act protections. Find out more about what you can do to help, and what River Network can do to help you act on this important issue here.

6.    GA EPD Greenspace and Flood Protection Guidebook
EPD has just released a guidebook for local communities on greenspace and flood protection in Georgia. Click here to read the full report.

7.    Outdoor Recreation Economy Report
Outdoor recreation is an economic powerhouse in the United States, each year generating $646 billion in consumer spending and 6.1 million direct jobs. Check out this interactive map to see where Georgia fits into the national picture.

8.    Metro Atlanta Water Reflections Photo Contest
CALL FOR ENTRIES! If you're a professional or amateur photographer 18 years of age or older, you’re invited to submit photographs for Water Reflections: Highlighting Metro Atlanta's Water Resources photo contest. The purpose of this contest is to promote an awareness and appreciation of our shared water resources through digital photography. First place will receive $500 and 11 finalists will receive $100 each. Photographs must be taken within the geographical boundaries of the 15 county Metro Water District area which includes the counties of Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale. Photographic entries should capture the beauty, heritage, activities and character of Metro-Atlanta's water resources.

Winning photographs will be featured in the 2015 Water Reflections Calendar.
The submission deadline is August 8, 2014.

Full contest guidelines and entry form can be found here:

9.    Savannah Riverkeeper Paddlefest
When: August 2, 2014. Boat launches start at 8:30 AM, festival to follow from 10:30-3 PM
Where: Riverfront Marina (Next to SRK office)
Bring a Canoe/Kayak, SUP, or Homemade Raft to paddle. Come out and leisurely paddle or compete in a race category. ALL racing will be professionally timed this year! Come out and enjoy music, food, vendors, Sweetwater beverages, and live/silent auctions. Festival is FREE to the public, just bring cash for vendors/auctions. Register for Paddlefest here.

10.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper End of Summer BBQ
When: Saturday, August 9, 2014, from 1-4 PM
Where: Canoe (restaurant), Atlanta
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) joins forces with SweetWater Brewing Company and Canoe for the fifth annual End of the Summer BBQ!

Attendees will celebrate SweetWater’s eco-friendly Save the Hooch Campaign with food, drinks, music and entertainment on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Advance tickets are $30.00 per person and include a delicious spread of summertime food prepared by Canoe’s talented culinary team, SweetWater beer, live music, a one-year membership and donation to CRK. Register for the BBQ here.

11.    10th Annual Satilla Riverkeeper Gala
When: August 9th, 6-10pm
Where: Stricklands Satilla Lodge, Raybon GA
Satilla Riverkeeper 10th Annual Gala! Join us on August 9th to celebrate 10 years of protecting, restoring and educating about the beautiful Satilla River! Dinner, Silent & Live Auctions, Guest Speaker, Open Bar & Live Entertainment. Click here to register for the Gala.

12.    Georgia Association of Water Professionals Conference and Expo
When: July 20-23
Where: Savannah, GA
Georgia water professionals are making a difference every day in the lives of Georgia citizens by providing safe drinking water and through the protection and management of our water resources. This is a conference to celebrate it. For water professionals only.  There will be a 5k River Run, Golf Tournament, BBQ Team Cook-Off, Beach Clean-Up, and a Children’s Program for those who bring their children. For more info or to register for the conference.

13.    Create Great Surveys
There’s a trick to a great survey! Find out more here!

14.    Search the Internet Like a Pro
Next level Googling!

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

Fund for Southern Communities
The Fund for Southern Communities supports nonprofit organizations working to create just and sustainable communities that are free of oppression and that embrace and celebrate all people. The Fund provides grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to progressive grassroots groups in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina that address social change issues, such as workers’ rights, environmental justice, economic justice, etc. Grants support new or existing projects, as well as the general operating needs of small organizations with budgets of $150,000 or less. The application deadline is September 5, 2014. Visit the Fund’s website to download the grant application information.

Kresge Foundation: Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity
The Kresge Foundation’s Environment Program is launching a new initiative, Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity, to improve the resilience of low-income, urban communities in the face of climate change. The initiative is intended to assist community-based nonprofits positioned to help influence local and regional climate-resilience planning, and related policy development and implementation. The focus is on ensuring that climate resilience activities such as the management of precipitation from intense storms, efforts to reduce the health effects of heat waves, and the availability of clean energy technologies reflect the knowledge, priorities, and needs of low-income residents.  The Foundation expects to award as many as 20 planning grants of up to $100,000 each.  The deadline for submitting online statements of qualifications is July 31, 2014. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about this initiative and the application process.

Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grants
Applications for the 2014 Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grants are now open. The deadline to submit an online application is August 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM PDT. For more information please see the Application Guidelines.

The Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grants Program supports creative and ambitious projects that engage diverse communities and find innovative solutions to environmental challenges. Click here to find out more.

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