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Georgia DNR​ has announced the rescheduled public hearing for proposed new rules for private recreational docks

October 25, 2016

Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Georgia DNR has announced the rescheduled public hearing for proposed new rules for private recreational docks. The public hearing, rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew, will be held in Brunswick on October 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

The proposed new rule would codify standards and conditions for issuance of a revocable license authorizing construction, maintenance, or modification of private recreational docks located over state-owned tidal water bottoms. The proposed new rule would also provide penalties for non-compliance with these standards and conditions.

“The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for insuring that private docks in coastal areas are built in a manner that balances environmental impact with access to tidal waterways for recreation such as boating and fishing,” explained Spud Woodward, director of the Coastal Resources Division of DNR. “The proposed rule will formalize in state law the same standards for dock size and configuration that have been required in federal law since 2012. Harmonizing state and federal law will eliminate confusion in the regulated community and strengthen the ability of DNR to resolve situations when docks are built knowingly and willfully in the wrong location or in the wrong manner.”

The public hearing on the proposed rule will be held in Brunswick at the Georgia DNR Coastal Regional Headquarters campus in the Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

Written public comment will be received through Monday, November 07, 2016. Comments should be legible, concise and limited to the proposed rule change. Following the comment period, the Board of Natural Resources will consider the proposed rule on December 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM at the Lake Blackshear Resort, 2459-H U.S. Highway 280 West, Cordele, Georgia.Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 7.58.50 PM.png

2016 National Paddlesports Conference

October 20, 2016
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The ACA will be hosting the 2016 National Paddlesports Conference in Sausalito, California November 11-13th!

This will be a fun and family friendly event for those of all ages!

Additional highlights of the National Paddlesports Conference include the following:

  • Exciting events for paddlers of all experience levels
  • Family paddling opportunities
  • High quality educational sessions
  • Paddle Green (clean up) events
  • Instructor updates
  • Instructor Trainer Update Workshop
  • Beginner and advanced navigation classes
  • Focus on kayaking and SUPs
  • Kayak camping trip
  • Hiking, fishing, & biking opportunities
  • And so much more…

Registration opens this Friday, August 19. Please visit for more information! 


Do YOU want a cool t-shirt?

October 19, 2016

Did you enjoy Fall Float on The Flint? Do YOU want a T-shirt for yourself or even a friend? Or do you just like the shirt?! Well you’re in luck! Georgia River Network has some EXTRA T-shirts for sale in Large, XLarge, and XX Large for $10. Check out Georgia River Networks website and see how cool the shirts are!…/georgia-river-netw…/item/fall-float-3

Already have a shirt? Well check out all the other cool Georgia River Network merchandise on the website here—->



October 17, 2016

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s (EPD) formal draft rule for how coal ash will be stored in Georgia will be voted on by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Board of Directors on October 26, 2016. These rules do not adequately address coal ash stored in the more than 45 Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) landfills across Georgia and fail to properly protect our groundwater.

Coal ash is the waste left over from burning coal in power plants to produce electricity, and it contains toxic heavy metals like mercury, lead, and many other harmful chemicals and carcinogens. Coal ash also contains radioactive materials that become more dangerous as quantities of coal ash are concentrated in one location. Georgia’s MSW landfills were NOT designed to store large quantities of coal ash, and EPD’s current rule won’t require adequate monitoring for pollutants in groundwater.

Power companies are looking to dump coal ask in MSW landfills to avoid state and federal regulations. Because the EPD rules do not apply equally to MSW landfills, dumping coal ash in MSW landfills in Georgia instead of building new, adequate facilities has become an attractive option. Unfortunately, much of this coal ash is being moved to landfills in small, rural communities. While lined landfills are much better storage facilities for coal ash, the quantity being moved into these small landfills is staggering and in certain places is a threat to ground and surface water.


To ensure that coal ash is stored safely across Georgia, the members of the DNR Board need to remove the exemption for MSW landfills from the EPD rules and require monitoring of drinking wells within a one-half mile radius of landfills and coal ash pits storing coal ash.

Action Needed:

The members of the DNR Board need to hear from you about your concerns regarding the storage of large quantities of coal ash in less-regulated MSW landfills. Please email them your thoughts today!

Take action by October 20.screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-3-02-59-pm

“Canoeing and Kayaking Georgia”

October 16, 2016

Kayakers, Canoeists, all Paddlers! Come hear Suzanne Welander, noted paddler and co-author of “Canoeing and Kayaking Georgia”, as she speaks on her love of paddling at the bi-monthly meeting of the Georgia Wilderness Society, Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 pm at the Ole Times Country Buffet Restaurant at 1343 Gray Highway in Macon. There is no charge for the program and copies of the Georgia paddling guidebook will be available for purchase!


Need some paddling tips for the kids?

October 16, 2016
Need some paddling tips for the kids? Check out American Canoes website! American Canoe is happy to announce that there is a new educational resource for kids, the Kids Go Paddling booklet!
This booklet has been developed with the goal of engaging youth in their personal safety on the waterways. It focuses on the the L.I.F.E.R. Principles, which include life jacket safety, immersion awareness, filing a float plan, evaluating your venue, and returning safely!
To learn more and to place your order, please visit:

10th Annual Soque River Ramble – Saturday, October 22

October 14, 2016
10th Annual Soque River Ramble – Saturday, October 22
Early registration closes October 15
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Sign up now for the 10th Annual Soque River Ramble to be held Saturday, October 22 at the Wilbanks Farm in Batesville along the banks of the headwaters of the Soque River. SRWA is coordinating the event this year and we hope to have a record crowd.
Many have said this is one of the most scenic routes on the Run and See Georgia Grand Prix circuit. Come enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains and valleys in a family-friendly event for all ages! As always, this event is a fundraiser supporting SRWA and the Batesville Community Association.
Location: Marlan Wilbanks Farm, 860 Old Chimney Mountain Road, Batesville (Clarkesville) Georgia (directions to the farm)
Click HERE for links to print a registration form or to register online, and please visit for more information and to see this year’s t-shirt with a brook trout designed by local artist Sarah Samsel.screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-3-14-15-pm