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As Sea Turtles and Manatees Return, State Urges Boaters to be Vigilant                                                       
Excerpted from Georgia Department of Natural Resources
                                                   
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Georgia’s coast is experiencing the annual return of three types of visitors, prompting state wildlife officials to encourage humans to exercise caution to avoid harming the other two species – sea turtles and manatees.
 
Sea turtles are starting their migration to Georgia’s coast to lay eggs. Manatees are returning to graze on abundant marsh grass and other aquatic vegetation, according to a statement from Georgia’s Wildlife Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources. Both species are in danger of being struck by boats, a threat that increases as vacationers return to the coast.

Boat strikes are a leading cause of injuries to sea turtles and manatees, according to the statement. Both manatees and all species of sea turtles found in Georgia are protected by state and federal laws.

About 29 percent of the injured or dead sea turtles found in Georgia in 2017 had marks consistent with a boat strike. For
manatees, boat strikes were blamed for a quarter of the dead manatees found in Georgia since 2000.

The very nature of sea turtles and manatees make them vulnerable to boat strikes. They’re large, they’re slow, and they’re hard to spot – especially from a vessel traveling at speed. Continue reading about the return of the turtles and manatees here
 
 
Youth Scholarship for Paddle Georgia 2018
 
PGyouthThe Paddle Georgia Youth Program needs your help to put 12 deserving youth on Paddle Georgia 2018! Each year through a partnership with Camp Horizon, Georgia River Network offers a group of youth from Georgia's foster care system to participate in all seven days of Paddle Georgia. For many, this is a transformative trip and the biggest adventure of their young lives! To make this happen, we need to raise at least $4000 to cover their meal costs and Georgia River Network’s expenses in providing this opportunity.
Any amount will help get these youths on the water so dig deep and let’s make it happen!
 
Any contribution makes a difference. Make a contribution to the Youth Scholarship for Paddle Georgia 2018 here.

 

Satilla Riverkeeper Seeks Administrative and Development Assistant
 
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Satilla Riverkeeper is seeking a part time motivated and skilled Administrative and Development Assistant to assist the Executive Director in fulfilling our mission by ensuring ample operating funds are generated for the organization through fundraising and ‘friend- raising’, engaging the public to be good stewards of our water resources, and assisting in day-to-day operations of the Satilla Riverkeeper organization. The Assisstant will also participate in effective statewide coalitions working to effect positive change for our water and natural resources.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to Fundraising and Development (60%), Restoring and Protecting the Satilla, Educating her Citizens.
 
Management of membership/donor database (Giftworks)
Assistance with fundraising efforts including but not limited to donation appeals, thank you letters, membership renewals, online donation drives, developing major donors. Major assistance in planning, executing, and reporting for events. Typically, Satilla Riverkeeper hosts an oyster roast, fishing tournament, gala, and river clean-up each year. Other events may be added to the calendar as needed. Assist the Executive Director (ED) in researching, writing, tracking, and reporting for grants. Assist the ED in recruiting, managing, and tracking volunteer contributions. Explore new development strategies to support Satilla Riverkeeper’s mission. Communications and Public Relations (30%)

To apply, please send resume, cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit, and a list of at least two professional references to Laura Early at riverkeeper@satillariverkeeper.org

Please visit www.satillariverkeeper.org to learn more about the organization, and direct any questions to Laura Early, Riverkeeper and Executive Director at riverkeeper@satillariverkeeper.org, 912-462-5094.

 

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Hiring Development Associate
 
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Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is looking to hire a development associate in
their Atlanta office. The development associate is directly supervised by the development director. The development associate works with the executive director, development director and communications and marketing manager to provide support that will promote the fundraising, communications and marketing efforts of the organization. This position frequently represents CRK at outreach events during workday, evening and weekend hours.
See full job description and submit cover letter and resume to: Juliet Cohen, Executive Director, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, 3 Puritan Mill, 916 Joseph Lowery Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30318.
 
Salamander Rescue, Release a First for State
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Consider this salamander SOS answered.

Thirty-seven reticulated flatwoods salamanders were released this month at Mayhaw Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The WMA near Colquitt is Georgia’s only known site for the endangered amphibians.

The salamanders were raised from eggs found in two wet-season ponds at Mayhaw in February. The ponds hadn’t filled with winter rains, putting the eggs at risk. The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Center at Ichauway reared the salamanders to metamorph stage.

The release, done in stages, was Georgia’s first for the species using eggs collected in the state. It also marked a significant step for these young sallies, said DNR senior wildlife biologist John Jensen.“It’s definitely a head-start. Now it’s up to Mayhaw’s newest flatwoods salamanders to make the most of their rescue.

Project partners included DNR’s Nongame and Game Management sections, the Jones Center and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

BACKGROUNDER

Clean Water Settlement Provides $250,000 Investment in Chattahoochee
Excerpted from Chattahoochee Riverkeeper News Release

In June of 2017, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) discovered an approximately 55-acre property that was being cleared to pave way for a large warehouse/distribution center project on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Buford, Georgia. Construction had stripped 30 acres onsite of all trees and vegetation, and as a result each time it rained muddy, polluted water poured into Richland Creek. The creek is a tributary that flows directly into the Chattahoochee River within the heavily used Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA), a popular national park frequented by paddlers, hikers and trout anglers. More than three million people visit the CRNRA annually.
 
55-acre aerial 2The developer had failed to install necessary protections to filter mud and sediment out of stormwater before it left the site. CRK filed a “citizen lawsuit” in Federal court in the Northern District of Georgia, raising claims for violations of the Clean Water Act.
 
A settlement has been reached that requires the developer to stabilize the site with grass and vegetation to prevent illegal volumes of mud and sediment from reaching state waters. As a condition of the settlement, CRK and their outside counsel, Andrew Thompson of Smith, Gambrell & Russell negotiated payment of funds for Supplemental Environmental Projects, which in Clean Water Act citizen suits allow settlement money to be reinvested into the impacted watershed.
 
By reaching terms for settlement, CRK has secured $250,000 to fund environmental projects by five other nonprofits that will educate students about and improve water quality on the Chattahoochee River.
 
The Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy received money to fund three years of the BacteriAlert program, a joint project managed by U.S. Geological Survey, CRK and the National Park Service, which monitors turbidity and bacterial levels within the CRNRA to inform and provide safety alerts to the area’s visitors. The Conservancy will serve as steward of these funds and will receive some funding to expand its mission to build community support for the CRNRA.
 
“The BacteriAlert program is an invaluable system that provides real time health advisories to more than one million river users every year,” said Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth. “Having enough funds on hand to sustain three years of the program provides security and relieves some of the burden on our partners to fund this essential work to document water quality conditions in this heavily used stretch of river.”
 
The Chattahoochee Nature Center is receiving funds for two youth education programs at its popular Roswell center along the river. The programs will give students real-world, hands-on experiences at the Nature Center and on the river, including guided canoe trips and biological and chemical assessments of ponds along the river.
 
“Thanks to CRK, we can bring 1,500 more students to our beautiful river to teach them about the importance of clean water,” said Chattahoochee Nature Center director Chris Nelson.
                                                               
Some of the settlement funds will go to the Elachee Nature Science Center, a Gainesville-based educational center. Elachee and CRK are long-time partners in the Lake Lanier Aquatic Learning Center, which annually brings more than 5,000 students onto our Lake Lanier Floating Classroom to learn about water quality. These funds will allow Elachee to expand the programs its offers students on and along Lake Lanier.
 
The Turner Environmental Law Clinic and the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) also received portions of the settlement in order to fund their important policy and advocacy work around water quality issues impacting the Chattahoochee River. The Turner Clinic is the capstone of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at Emory Law School wherein law students provide high quality and much needed legal services to the public interest environmental community in Georgia. SELC uses the power of the law to champion the environment of the Southeast, and has 11 attorneys in Georgia focused on protecting the state’s water, air and land.
 
“CRK is excited to celebrate another successful resolution that prevents pollution from entering the river and grateful to have diverse, successful partners that it can support in this way. One of the best was to preserve and protect the Chattahoochee River is by building a community of organizations, neighbors and students invested in its long-term health,” said Jason Ulseth, Riverkeeper.

 

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
 
Ogeechee Riverkeeper Paddle Trip: Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge

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Where: Barbour Landing

Hopefully the weather is better for this year’s paddle trip to one of the ornithological
gems along the Georgia coast. Thousands of birds call this old airfield home. There will
be a bird expert speaking about the refuge, how it came to be, and what birds can be
seen as you make your way from Barbour Landing to a small spit of land called
Wahoo Island near the coast.The paddle is timed along with the tides so that you'll be
riding along with the flow there and back. This trip will be about 9 miles and
intermediate difficulty.

Learn more about the Harris Neck Paddle!

 
Wild & Scenic Film Festivalwild and scenic

When: Thursday, May 31, 2018
Where: Mathis Auditorium, Valdosta, GA

WWALS Watershed Coalition (Suwannee Riverkeeper) announces a Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Mathis Auditorium in Valdosta as a natural extension of WWALS’ work to inspire people to act for fishable, swimmable, drinkable waters.

Visit the WWALS website to learn more about the Wild & Scenic Film Festival!


 

Paddle Georgia 2018: Yellow & Ocmulgee Rivers - Only 1 Week Left to Register!

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Where: Yellow and Ocmulgee Rivers (Stone Mountain to Macon)


Come join us for a week long adventure exploring these two beautiful water trails!
There are also 2 Paddle Lite options (2 days each) this year for those who can't get away for the whole week. The trip is suitable for novice paddlers as well as experienced paddlers. Paddlers range in age from 4 to 84, with many families participating.
 
Paddle ​Georgia ​is ​an ​annual ​week-long ​paddle ​trip ​organized ​by ​Georgia ​River ​Network. ​The ​event ​takes ​place ​on ​a ​different river ​in ​Georgia ​each ​June.


What ​to ​expect: 
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  • ​Daily ​paddling ​trips ​averaging ​12 ​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!
  • Life changing experience for the entire family!
Visit www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia for more information! Registration ends May 31st!

Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors and Partners:

Sponsors
Hennessy Land Rover Centres; Cary Baxter, CPA; China Clay Producers Association; CYA Agency, Inc.; Oglethorpe Power; Storm Water Systems; Stream Techs; Terry Pate, PC, CPA; Nomadic Flow Outfitters; EarthShare of Georgia; Friends of Georgia State Parks; Len Foote Hike Inn

Partners
American Canoe Association, Café Campesino, Georgia Canoe Association, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, Project Wet, Altamaha Riverkeeper, Yellow River Water Trail, Ocmulgee River Water Trail

 
River Management Society T-shirt and Logo Design Contest
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When: Submissions Due by May 31
River Management Society (RMS) invites you and your colleagues to share your graphics skills by submitting designs to the t-shirt and logo contests! Winning designs will be showcased at the 2018 River Management Symposium.
Submit your t-shirt design here.
For more information on the design contest, visit the RMS website!

 
Discover Hardeeville Paddle
 
When: May 27
Where: Hardeeville, SCsavannah

On May 27th Lower Savannah River Alliance will be hosting a paddle with the Hardeeville Chamber of Commerce for Discover Hardeeville, participation is $25 per person with very limited kayaks available. All participating will get a free shirt, goodie bag, and light refreshment at the end of the five mile paddle.
 
The group will be paddling between Beck's Ferry Landing and Millstone Landing in Hardeeville, SC. This five mile paddle will include historical and natural interpretation from the LSRA Executive Director Jacob Oblander. 
 
With any questions or to reserve a spot please contact either jacob@savannahriverkeeper.org or avacomer@yahoo.com.
 
Link to locations:
 
Reel in Some Fun Fishing Derby

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When: June 2
Where: Fishing Derby in Lakeland

The 18th annual youth fishing derby will be held on Saturday, June 2nd from 7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Flatlanders Lake in Lakeland, Georgia. Children ages 3-15 are invited to join the festivities of fishing, snacks, and a raffle! Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and fishing will take place from 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. First, second, and third place prices will be awarded for longest fish and most fish to each age group. This event is hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Banks Lake Outdoors, Okefenokee Wildlife League, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Lakeland.

There will be a raffle with prizes that are donated by event supporters. Raffles will begin at 10:30 a.m. All activities will be in accordance with the National Fishing and Boating Week which is being celebrated June 2nd -9th with “Georgia Free Fishing Days” June 2 nd and June 9th. During the Free Fishing Days, Georgia residents 16 years and older, do not need a fishing license.

All other fishing regulations apply. For more information about the fishing derby, please contact the Richard S. Bolt Visitor
Center located at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge at 912-496-7836 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

Access the PDF of the information for Reel in Some Fun here.

 
South River Paddle

Aug 5 2017 paddle-RockdaleWhen: June 2
Where: South River Water Trail

Come be a part of the South River Paddle on the South River Water Trail, June 2nd from 9:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. Join the South River Watershed Alliance at Lorraine Park & Trailhead (3465 GA Hwy 138) to Oglesby Bridge Road.

Cost: $45/pp (includes canoe/kayak and insurance)
$35 bring own canoe or kayak

Register for the South River Paddle Here.
 
Rome's Big Float

When: June 2
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Let's Make History!
Now in it’s third year, Rome’s Big Float is challenging citizens of the upper Coosa basin and beyond to help us make history! On Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, Rome's Big Float is going to attempt to set the world record for the world’s longest innertube chain.  Their goal is to create a mile-long chain of innertubes stretching from Grizzard Park downstream on the Etowah.  Once the chain is documented, tubers can break the chains that bind and drift to Rome on their own time.
This is where YOU come in. They need more than 1000 tubers to reach their goal!

After accomplishing this monumental feat, Coosa River Basin is going to celebrate their wonderful waterways with an after-party that will include games, food, music and more! All participants receive a commemorative t-shirt, complimentary tube rental and shuttle services to and from the river. Groups registering 25 or more people receive a commemorative plaque and discounted group registration rate.

COST: Adults & Youth: $25 per person. Groups of 25 or more: $20 per person.  Setting a world record? Priceless. Children 12 & under float for free.

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