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Confluence Newsletter
December 2013
In This Issue

GWC Releases Dirty Dozen List
Ogeechee Riverkeeper and King America Finishing Company Reach
Agreement on Fish Kill and Pollution
December 3 - Giving Tuesday
Save the Date: Weekend for Rivers
Georgia River Network, Why Do You Support It?
Need a Holiday Gift Idea? How about the Etowah River User's Guide Book?
GRN/Terrapin Beer Glasses for Sale
Wish List
GRN Photo Contest

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GWC Releases Dirty Dozen List

The Georgia Water Coalition named its “Dirty Dozen” for 2013, highlighting 12 of the worst offenses to Georgia’s waters. The annual Dirty Dozen report shines a spotlight on state policies and failures that ultimately harm Georgia property owners, downstream communities, fish and wildlife, hunters and anglers, and boaters and swimmers. “The Dirty Dozen is not a list of the most polluted water bodies in Georgia, nor are they ranked in any particular order,” said Joe Cook, Riverkeeper and Executive Director at the Coosa River Basin Initiative.  "It’s a list of problems that exemplify the results of inadequate funding for environmental protections, lack of political will to enforce environmental laws and ultimately misguided water planning and spending priorities that flow from the very top of Georgia’s leadership.” The Coalition’s full report details the history of each site and provides solutions to correct these ongoing problems and eliminate the listed threats. It is available online at:  

Ogeechee Riverkeeper and King America Finishing Company Reach Settlement Agreement on Fish Kill and Pollution 

Ogeechee Riverkeeper and King America Finishing have worked together to resolve a set of legal and regulatory battles that have been ongoing since a fish kill occurred in the Ogeechee River in May 2011. The settlement agreement puts in place comprehensive and stringent environmental protections and establishes programs to aid in restoration efforts along the river.  Under the proposed Consent Decree, King America will make a $2.5 million monetary contribution to ORK to fund the organization’s continuing efforts to monitor and protect the ecosystem of the Ogeechee River. Read the press release at

December 3 is Giving Tuesday!

2013giving tuesdayGeorgia River Network is participating in Giving Tuesday and encourages you to think about making a gift to GRN on this national day of giving.  Giving Tuesday takes place on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 and is the day everyone  will be donating to the nonprofit of their choice.  As someone who cares about Georgia’s rivers, we hope you will join in the campaign and make a gift to Georgia River Network. It’s easy! Simply visit, and make a donation to GRN via credit card. Every penny counts when we are giving back into our nonprofits that make our state beautiful and a wonderful place to live. Once you’ve made your donation, tell your friends by sharing on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Save the Date: Weekend for Rivers

Weekend for Rivers 2014 will be held on April 5-6 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia. This is your opportunity to share your love for the rivers and streams closest to your heart—and a great way of doing this is to spend the weekend hanging out with a whole bunch of other river lovers. We also want the event speakers to be its participants. 

In 2014, Weekend for Rivers is celebrating the legacy of Georgia’s waterways by focusing on “The History of Georgia’s Rivers.”  We want to know what you know about the bygone days of Georgia’s rivers. Visit our website to see the call for proposals at

Whether you have a story about your childhood on the Ogeechee River, an inspiring tale of how your river group got its start, an anecdote about the role of rivers during the Civil War, an interesting bit about the history of water law in Georgia, or any story about our rivers and work to protect and enjoy them - with a historical thread, we want to hear from you!  You can express your story in any way you like: with a speech, photography, poetry, music, art…the possibilities are endless!  The only rule: no boring Power Points! 

Georgia River Network...Why Do You Support It?

Top seven reasons:
1) Introduces Hidden Gems river trips for new and experienced paddlers
2) Recognized leadership in Georgia Trend’s 40 under 40
3) Taking action to protect Georgia from industrial hog pollution
4)  Publishing guide books for our rivers with the UGA Press
5)  Hosting the largest weeklong educational kayak/canoe/camping adventure in the country – Paddle Georgia
6) Providing financial and direct support for Georgia's river groups who are on the front lines of river protection
7)  Appreciating the beauty and peace of our rivers

This is Georgia River Network and we invite you to join with us and support our rivers!  Thank you!

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Need a Great Holiday Gift Idea? How About the Etowah River User's Guide Book!

EtowahRiverUsersGuidereduced 3The 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. Designed to educate river users, enhance their on-river experiences, and allow them to safely explore the river, each guide includes an introduction and overview of the river, chapters describing each river section with detailed maps and notes on river access and points of interest; a compact natural history guide featuring species of interest found along Georgia’s rivers, notes on safety and boating etiquette, a fishing primer, and notes on organizations working to protect the river.  You can buy the guidebook by calling us at 706-549-4508.  Price: $21 including tax, $24 including tax and shipping. The Chattahoochee River and Broad River User’s Guides will be released next.

GRN Beer Glasses for Sale

glassGet a GRN / Terrapin beer glass for the holidays.  $10 includes shipping. Call 706-549-4508 to purchase by credit card or send a check for $10 to GRN at 126 South Milledge Ave. Ste. E3, Athens, GA 30605. 


Wish List

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

GRN Photo Contest 

Jenn CollinsEach month we have a different theme and invite you to send us a photo that you think best represents the topic of the month. The December photo contest theme is "The Gift of Water". Click here to learn more and submit your photos. Or, click here to visit our homepage to view a slideshow of the November entries and winner.


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