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Confluence Newsletter
February 2013
In This Issue

Winter Print Edition of Confluence
Register Now: Weekend for Rivers 2013
Get Tickets Now: Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Paddle Georgia Registration Opens Feb 14
Buffer Win
Paddle Challenges - 2012 and 2013
GRN Photo Contest
GRN Launches Guidebook Series
4 Seasons Paddles - Save the Date
Group Spotlight - Yellow River
GRN Internships Available
Announcing Tip Top Tuesdays
Water Wire Blog Post
Like Us on Facebook
1% for the Planet

Get GRN News in our RSS Feed
Monthly Giving for Georgia Rivers 

Winter Print Edition of Confluence

The winter print edition of Confluence can be viewed in pdf format at

Register Now: Weekend for Rivers

WeekendforRiversIt’s time to secure your place at Weekend for Rivers, GRN’s  Annual Conference and River Celebration! This year’s 2-day storytelling, partying and paddling event will take place April 6-7 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia.

Weekend for Rivers gives us all a chance each year to get together and celebrate Georgia’s unique, beautiful rivers as a community of aficionados and advocates. Saturday, April 6th will be a day of inspiration, education and connections with folks who are as passionate about Georgia’s rivers as you are.  The day will include a series of short presentations and interactive forums that will paint a broad picture of the state of Georgia’s rivers and the people who work every day to protect and honor them, and this year we’re including a track focused on river issues and policies as well.

And to top off a day of inspiring presentations, join us for our annual River Celebration Party—you can come whether or not you can attend the rest of the weekend! That night, there will be an opportunity to camp at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, wake up the next morning and paddle a stretch of the beautiful Chattahoochee River!  So, put Weekend for Rivers on your calendar and register now at!

Sponsors at Printing:  Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Bud & Mary Freeman, Georgia Wildlife Federation, The Rain Barrel Depot

Buy Tickets Now: 6th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

web-filmfest13Sunday, March 3, 2012
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest environmental film festival in North America, and 2013 will mark its sixth consecutive year in Atlanta. Each year, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK), Georgia River Network (GRN) and Georgia ForestWatch (GFW) partner to select the best of these award-winning environmental films and bring them to Atlanta in a two-and-a-half-hour program. The program (with a 15-minute intermission) offers a mix of films addressing environmental issues such as energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and waters.

And as a tradition and special treat, our guests can enjoy complimentary SweetWater brews (for patrons 21 and over carrying a valid ID).

Sponsors: Sweetwater Brewery, ClifBar, Mother Jones, Patagonia, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Turner Foundation, Arthur M Blank Foundation, Cadmus Construction, Fran & Steve O'Day and Cumulus Media, Rock 100.5.

Tickets on sale now at

Paddle GA 2013 on the Flint River 

Paddle Georgia Logo No DatePaddle Georgia 2013 will take place June 15-21 on 106 miles of the Lower Flint River from Warwick to Bainbridge.  Registration opens February 14, 2013. The Paddle Georgia website will be updated with full details on the 2013 trip in early February.  Participation in Paddle Georgia Lite (June 15-16) will be by invitation only. Request an invitation by April 1 at  .
The trip features daily paddling trips averaging 15 miles; nightly camping with meals, games, entertainment and educational programs; tours of historic sites, industrial facilities and more; chemical and biological water monitoring opportunities; companionship and camaraderie with hundreds of fellow paddlers; and is a fundraiser for Georgia River Network and Flint Riverkeeper.  Read Joe Cook's blog post on scouting the Flint.

Thanks to our Paddle Georgia Sponsors to Date:
Oglethorpe Power Corporation; Chambliss, Sheppard, Roland & Baxter LLP; China Clay Producers Association; The Outside World; StreamTechs; Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center, Sea to Summit, Cellairis

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

Buffer Win!

A state court ruled in a case brought by Georgia River Network and American Rivers that all state waters, including wetlands, are protected under Georgia law by a 25 foot buffer, with the exception of trout streams and water supply reservoirs that receive larger buffers and ephemeral streams that receive no buffer.  The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the case on behalf of Georgia River Network and American Rivers.  Read the press release about the buffer win here.

Paddle Challenges 2012 and 2013

2013 Challenge LogoEvery year Georgia River Network devises a new challenge, and 2012 was the year to paddle 12 different Georgia rivers!  Over 60 people signed up. Congratulations to the individuals who completed the challenge! Visit to see the rivers they paddled as well as their stories, blogs and photos.
In 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 

TuckAmosreducedEach 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. Congratulations to Amos Tuck for the winning photo in January! View a slideshow of the January entries on our homepage. February photo contest theme is "The Love Boat Paddlers".  Click here to learn more and submit your photos.

GRN Launches Guidebook Series

EtowahRiverUsersGuideGeorgia River Network is excited to announce the Georgia River Network Guidebooks series. The first guidebook in the series, the Etowah River User’s Guide by Joe Cook, will be available this spring and is the first in a series of books to be published by UGA Press in partnership with Georgia River Network. The guidebooks, printed on waterproof paper and ready to go from car seat to canoe seat, will help encourage Georgians to explore and appreciate their rivers and will support efforts to create and sustain water trails in the state. Designed to educate river users, enhance their on-river experiences, and allow them to safely explore the river, each guide will include 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.

4 Seasons Paddles - Save the Date 

Join GRN for the 4 Seasons Paddles in 2013:
May 18: Chattahoochee Watershed with West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Keeping it Wild & Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
August 4: Etowah River Paddle and Etowah River User’s Guide Book Launch Party with Coosa River Basin Initiative
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
Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details.

Group Spotlight: Yellow River 

PorterdaleExplorersThe City of Porterdale sits on the banks of the lovely Yellow River just a few miles outside of Covington, GA in Newton County.    Over the last few years the city has made amazing strides in revitalizing the city through the acquisition of nearly $750,000 in grant money primarily committed to property acquisition, trailheads, trails, kayak and canoe launches, interpretive signage, and the restoration of the historic train depot and gymnasium. Funding acquired will also be used for the Porterdale Yellow River Park project which will include the development of the Yellow River Water Trail as well as green space along the Yellow River.  Read the full article in our print newsletter at

GRN Internships Available

GRN has internships available. Click here for details on the interships.

Tip Top Tuesdays 

GRN will post a new Tip of the Week on our social media sites Facebook, Twitter, GA River News Blog every Tuesday on topics ranging from GA paddling destinations and kayak camping tips to water conservation and ways to get involved in river restoration.

GA Water Wire Blog Post - What's Rollin' Round In the Budget Barrel

By Chris Manganiello (PhD), GRN Policy Director

As the 2013 General Assembly and the Governor talk through the FY2014 budget, there are three items of note connected to the Georgia Water Coalition’s 2012 Dirty Dozen. 
Click here to read the water wire post.  

"Like" Us on Facebook

FacebookFindUsFind out about river events, learn cool facts and enjoy photos.  "Like" our fan page on facebook at!/georgiarivernetwork

1% For the Planet

onepercentlogoGeorgia River Network is a 1% for the Planet non-profit partner. Over 1200 companies are giving 1% of their profits to organizations in the network that are committed to creating a healthy planet.  Learn more at


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Monthly Giving for Georgia's Rivers

Planning for 2013?  As you plan for the new year, consider a monthly donation to GRN and become a Partner for Georgia’s Rivers.  Automatic payments help you and us be more sustainable and efficient by using less time, paper, and resources. You save time and trouble while supporting efforts to protect and enjoy rivers all year long. A $20 monthly donation enables us to produce the Confluence newsletter to keep members like you informed about our work.

Go to and click on the red donate button in the top right corner. Fill out the form as always and under donation frequency chose “monthly.” Thanks for your ongoing support and your commitment to protecting Georgia’s Rivers!

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