Georgia River Network‘s Chris Manganiello, Gwyneth Moody, and Keith Parsons just returned from River Rally 2016 in Mobile Alabama where they reconnected with over 450 other river enthusiasts, supporters, champions, and stewards from all around the world! It was an incredibly motivating event and so encouraging to see the innovations, creativity, passion, and dedication that these folks give to the restoration and protection of our rivers! But there is still SO much work to be done to clean up and protect our rivers!
CONCERNING RESULTS of RIVER TRENDS SURVEY!
River Network conducted a Trends Report titled: OUR WATER OUR FUTURE- State of River and Watershed Protection in which they surveyed 700 people who are engaged as professionals and concerned citizens in river and watershed conservation. The results are concerning given that only 36% of respondents indicated that conditions were improving for their waters. This left a significant proportion of respondents concerned that their waters were not improving (46%) or unsure about the state of our waters (19%).
One big take home message from River Rally, succinctly expressed by River Network President Nicole Silk, is that “We need a new movement for our water that unifies people to solve water problems and ignites the next generation of change agents. Our community is on a journey to embrace all people in our work and break down the barriers that divide and define us.”
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It’s WATER TRAIL WEDNESDAY! Time for GRN’s Water Trail Tidbit of the Week ~ The Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail connects the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia from the Chesapeake Bay to the Georgia-Florida line. To make trips easier, here’s an interactive and downloadable map: http://www.secoastpaddlingtrail.com/trail-maps/
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for October 29th, Athens’s Annual Wild Rumpus Parade & Spectacle! This year’s Halloween Mardi-Gras is especially exciting because Georgia River Network is the official 2016 charity recipient! Join us and other Athenians for a day filled with fun events and activities! To start off the weekend, there will be the Monster Mash, a family-friendly event for all ages! To kick off the 29th, there will be the Pre-Party Meetup, the Big Parade, and the After-Party! Come show off your spookiest or silliest costume and march through the streets of downtown with your fellow Wild Things!! Learn more here: http://www.wildrumpus.org
It’s TIP TOP TUESDAY! Time for GRN’s Tip of the Week ~ For students and teachers, water conservation isn’t just at home. Help your school conserve by following these tips by the Environmental Protection Agency: http://www3.epa.gov/region1/eco/drinkwater/water_conservation_schools.html
MARK YOUR CALENDARS PADDLERS! Join @GeorgiaRiverNetwork for a Hidden Gem Paddle & Campout on September 17th and 18th! Come and explore the Lower Oconee Water Trail with your fellow river lovers, and experience a delicious dinner party with a campout after! This paddle includes meals along the route, live entertainment, games, and presentations about river health, history and more! REGISTER HERE: http://LowerOconee.eventbrite.com
You can STILL REGISTER for the Coosawattee Farm-To-Table Hidden Gem Paddle! Join other river-lovers on July 31st for a guided paddle on the beautiful Coosawattee, where you’ll stop at Riverview Farms for a delicious, organic meal! You’ll learn all about the relationship between farms and rivers, and also the history of the indigenous people who once lived along the river. All participants will also receive a copy of Suzanna Welander’s new guidebook “Canoeing and Kayaking Georgia.” You can REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/paddletofarm To learn more about @GeorgiaRiverNetwork’s Hidden Gem Paddles, visit our Events page here: http://www.garivers.org/events/calendar.html
It’s WATER TRAIL WEDNESDAY! Time for GRN’s Water Trail Tidbit of the Week ~ Every year, Georgia River Network has GA River Challenges. In 2014, we challenged Georgians to attend 14 river related events. We encourage everyone to get out and learn more, advocate for, and enjoy Georgia’s rivers! http://www.garivers.org/gwtc/40-gwtc/452-14-in-2014-challenge.html