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Teachers can apply for Paddle Georgia scholarships!

March 24, 2017
Teachers can apply for Paddle Georgia scholarships!

Teachers in grades k-12 have until April 15 to apply for Paddle Georgia Educator Scholarships for a weeklong canoe/kayak camping adventure and environmental education training.

Applications are available at www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia. Winners will be announced April 20.

The program, which is sponsored by Mohawk Industries, Williams Transco and the Coosa River Basin Initiative, will provide complimentary registrations valued at $425.

The journey begins June 17 on the Etowah River near Dawsonville and ends 120 miles downstream on the Coosa River in Rome on June 23.
Scholarship recipients will paddle for seven days while receiving training in Project WET environmental education curriculum and Georgia Adopt-a-Stream water monitoring protocol.

Joe Cook, Paddle Georgia coordinator, said the goal is to have teachers use their experiences on the river and in the workshops to incorporate environmental education in their classrooms.

Paddle Georgia is an annual canoe and kayak journey that takes place on a different Georgia river each year. In its first 12 years, the nonprofit Georgia River Network has guided more than 4,000 people down 14 rivers and generated more than $400,000 for river protection. More than 70 Georgia educators have participated in the scholarship program.

For more information, email joecookpg@gmail.com or call 706-409-0128.

http://crossroadsnews.com/news/2017/mar/17/teachers-can-apply-paddle-georgia-scholarships/

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Six Word Story Time!

March 24, 2017

Six Word Story Time! Playing with the popular six word novel idea, we are collecting six word stories about rivers. Post your 6 word story in the comment section on Georgia River Network’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/georgiarivernetwork This Week’s Six Word Story Stream Theme: “stream”

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Weekend for Rivers 2017!

March 24, 2017
Georgia River Network wants YOU to join us for our Annual Weekend for Rivers from April 27-29 at the Little Ocmulgee State Park & lodge!

This year the Conference and River Celebration Awards Party will be held in conjunction with the Georgia Water Coalition‘s Spring Partner Meeting!

There will be multiple training opportunities during this multi-day event.

Brian Gist will be leading a workshop on how to reduce the impacts of transportation projects on rivers! He will go over the potential impacts of construction on wetlands and how communities can engage with GDOT.

Come enjoy two days of learning and sharing with fellow water advocates! You can register and learn more here:
http://www.garivers.org/2012-04-17-22-59-07/weekend-for-rivers.html

We have 15 rooms in the Lodge and 25 campsites blocked for Thursday 4/27/17 thru Sunday 4/30/17. Please use the Group Code 04748 when making your reservations at Little Ocmulgee State Park Reservations.
https://littleores.com/iqreservations/asp/IQHome.asp

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BIG news!

March 23, 2017
Have YOU heard?? The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area recently gained a bunch of land, 55 acres to be exact!!

The Trust for Public Fund bought 2,000 feet of riverfront property in Suwanee for $4.6 million last year. And now the Trust has turned that land over to the National Park Service. “This is a keystone piece because it links two pieces that were not linked together and that’s how you get that full, eight miles,” George Dusenbury, the state director of the Trust, said.

The National Park Service used the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund to buy the land from the Trust at a 50 percent discount. The conservation fund is a federal program that the Trump administration said it wants to cut. “Fortunately we have good relationships with our elected officials, particularly Senator Isakson. So we’re hopeful that we can work with Senator Isakson and others in the Georgia delegation to make sure that the Land and Water Conservation Fund is protected,” Dusenbury said. Dusenbury said the Trust is working toward establishing a greenway along the Chattahoochee from Helen all the way to Columbus, Georgia.

http://news.wabe.org/post/chattahoochee-river-recreation-area-expands-gwinnett

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Paddle Georgia 2017!

March 23, 2017
Have YOU registered for Paddle Georgia 2017 down the Etowah River?Join Georgia River Network for this AWESOME paddling trip from June 17th-June 23rd,2017!

Come out for 106 miles, 7 days and ONE GREAT TIME.
Paddle Georgia 2017 includes:
🚣Daily paddling trips averaging 17 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
🚣Fundraiser for Georgia River NetworkCoosa River Basin Initiative and Upper Etowah River Alliance.

Learn more about the paddling trip here:
http://garivers.org/paddle_georgia/index.html

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Little River Hidden Gem Paddle & Campout

March 22, 2017
Little River Hidden Gem Paddle & Campout
May 20-21Spend a weekend exploring the up-and-coming Georgia Little River Water Trail! Join us for an exciting two-day paddle, dinner party, and campout within the Clarks Hill Wildlife Management Area near Thomson, GA!

The Event Will Include:
Lunches * Festive Dinner Party * Live Music * Games and Activities * Camping * Hot Breakfast * Plein Air Painting Demo * Fish Seining * Presentations on Native Wildlife, River Health, River Restoration Opportunities, Cultural & Native American Indian History, and more…

We will be Paddling:
On Flatwater near Historic Gold Mining Sites * In the Habitat of Bald Eagle, Heron, Kingfisher, River Otter, Beaver, Fox, and a Variety of Fish Species…

Learn More and Register NOW – Spots are Limited! http://garivers.org/2012-04-17-22-59-07/hidden-gems.html#Little

Beginner Paddlers are Welcome to Join! Rental Boats Available upon Request…

Georgia River Network is excited to partner on this event with McDuffie County, GeorgiaWashington County, GeorgiaWarren County, Georgia, and Georgia’s Little River Water Trail Stakeholder Team!

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World Water Day!

March 22, 2017

Its World Water Day! World Water Day is all about taking action to defeat the water crisis.

Water Keeper Alliance is a global movement uniting more than 300 Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates around the world, focusing citizen advocacy on issues that affect our waterways, from pollution to climate change.

Rising Appalachia Music has been working with Mississippi River, Gulf, and Klamath water protectors for years and have branched out to form alliance with Waterkeepers around the world working towards preserving drinkable, fishable, swimmable water everywhere.

Rivermouth is a love song, both human and elemental. The depths of the human heart and the force of a river are wild and unchartered at their core… best given room to swell and stretch with the tides and seasons. This song speaks to that liquid longing in all of us. The raging storms. The playful meandering of a cold river on a hot day. The girth and power of fresh water meeting ocean. The subtle beauty of letting a loved one ebb and flow without restraint. Of letting ourrivers do the same.

You can watch the video here:
http://waterkeeper.org/rising-appalachia-releases-music-vi…/