Archive for March, 2012

If you are signed up for Paddle Georgia (or love paddling or love reading ) and have not read Janisse Ray’s Drifting Into Darien then you better hop to it ’cause its definitely required reading 🙂

And if  you buy her book from the page on this link, Georgia River Network gets a portion of the proceeds!   Yippeeeeeee……


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Hey, River Lovers!

Weekend for Rivers is coming up March 31-April 1, 2012 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, and you’ve probably heard about all the  inspiring, unique presentations we have lined up, the extra-fun River Celebration Awards party, as well as this year’s Mini-Paddle Georgia on the Chattahoochee River.  If you haven’t heard about all that stuff, it’s all right here on the Weekend for Rivers website!

But talking, paddling and partying aren’t all we’re going to be doing! We’ve got a bunch of other special little treats lined up for Weekend for Rivers participants!

1. Kids’ program:  On March 31st, the Chattahoochee Nature Center is providing a Kid’s Camp that will include hikes, science activities, animal demos, games, and canoeing.   Registration cost is $40 per child for the weekend (kids accompanied by parents are welcome on Sunday’s 9-mile paddle on the Chattahoochee).  Children ages 5-13 to are welcome to Kid’s Camp, which will take place 8:45 a.m.- 4:45 p.m on March 31st.  Parents can drop kids off at registration and sit back and enjoy the day’s adult activities knowing their kids are having a ton of fun!  Click HERE to fill out registration and health form for Kid’s Camp.

2. River Café Conversations: On the morning on March 31st, we’ll spend a couple hours getting to know each other!  River Café Conversations bring people from diverse backgrounds and experiences together by  exploring questions that matter to us and rivers. At tables of 4-6 people, we’ll set the space for you to do your most creative thinking, speaking and listening; taking a deep dive into several thought-provoking questions that have real consequences for the river movement.

3. River Tales Studio: Do you have a river story to tell? Maybe it¹s about the river you grew up on or maybe it¹s the river you work every day to protect. At Weekend for Rivers, you can come on in to the River Tales Studio sound booth and say anything you want, as long as it has to do with Rivers: read some poetry, tell us about your organization, even sing a song.  You can be one-on-one with our sound man Mickey, or you can bring up to five friends with you.  You can even interview each other! You’ll find other great story-telling ideas at Story Corps.

Stories will become part of a series of podcasts for Georgia River Network that will be posted on our website (anonymously, if you¹d like). River Tales Studio will be open from 8 AM to 6:30 PM on Saturday, March 31 during the first day of Weekend for Rivers. “Recording sessions” are fifteen minutes long, and you can either sign-up ahead of time or we’ll have a sign-up sheet at the registration desk at Weekend for Rivers.  Email jesslyn@garivers.org before March 29 to reserve your time.
4. Wetlands Delineation Workshop: In conjunction with Weekend for Rivers, on Friday, April 30th, the Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with Southern Environmental Law Center, will be leading a hands-on wetlands delineation workshop at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Participants will gain an understanding of how a wetlands delineation works. There will be a classroom portion of the workshop, but the workshop will take place primarily in the field where you will get hands-on instruction and experience with how wetland delineations are determined. For questions or to register contact Bill Sapp at bsapp@selcga.org.

5. Kayak Demonstrations: On March 31st, The Outside World and Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center will be showing off all kinds of boats on the Chattahoochee Nature Center pond.  You can stop by between 5 PM and 7PM and try one out!

6. Adopt-A-Stream Chemical Monitoring Workshop: On April 1st, join Georgia Adopt-A-Stream on the Chattahoochee River as the State Adopt-A-Stream coordinators train you on how to take basic chemical indicators of water quality. The Chemical Monitoring workshop is designed to teach volunteers about basic stream water chemistry and how to conduct the chemical tests using hand-held field equipment. The basic set of tests that volunteers are asked to conduct includes dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH, and temperature. Advanced tests may include alkalinity, phosphate and nitrate-nitrogen. Volunteers are given a field test and written test to assess their ability to collect accurate and precise data. Volunteers who collect data within 10% accuracy and pass the written test with a score of 80% or better will be considered a QA/QC volunteer for one year.

For more information on the Weekend for Rivers Program or to register for the event, CLICK HERE.

Patagonia , Stormwater Systems , The Rainbarrel Depot , Coca-Cola Refreshments, Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center, The Outside World, Sweetwater Brewing, American Rivers, Coosa River Basin Initiative, High Country, Flint Riverkeeper, GreenLaw, Café Campesino, Southern Environmental Law Center
For questions about Weekend for Rivers, email Jesslyn Shields at jesslyn@garivers.org.

See you in a couple weeks!

The GRN Staff


Georgia River Network
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ImageThe Chattooga Conservancy is working in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and Revitalization of Cherokee Artisan Resources to restore a stand of native river cane (Arundinaria gigantea) along the Chattooga River, just downstream of the Highway 28 bridge.

Please join us for a volunteer work day on Saturday, March 24th, to begin the project!

If you would like to help, meet us at 10 a.m., at the gravel parking lot that is located on Highway 28 north (heading towards Highlands, NC), on the right, in South Carolina, just before the Highway 28 bridge over the Chattooga River.  This parking lot is located shortly after passing the Russell House site (on the left).


Please bring some basic supplies for the day, such aswater, lunch, sunscreen and gloves(We will also have extra water and some snacks.) The activity will start at 10 a.m. and will be ongoing into the afternoon–folks can stay for as long as desired.  The project site is right next to the Chattooga River, so it will be a very pleasant working environment.


We will be propagating native cane by transplanting it into a cleared area next to the river, from adjacent stands of cane.  We will have some extra tools, but if possible, please also bring a shovel and wheelbarrow or garden cart.


Please contact us with any questions.


Thank you!


Chattooga Conservancy

8 Sequoia Hills Lane

Clayton, GA 30525



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Blasting through the Eagle and Phenix Dam for a Whitewater Course in Columbus, GA!

Check it out…


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SARP, USFWS, NFHAP and several other partners have provided funding and resources to RESTORE ONE MILE of Georgia Power right-of-way downstream from publicly protected lands on the ETOWAH RIVER. The project will establish a forested stream buffer, remove a seasonal fish passage barrier, and stabilize eroding stream banks. Read more about this AWESOME project.


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Savannah Riverkeeper Challenge!

Savannah Riverkeeper Challenge!

Please SUPPORT the SAVANNAH RIVERKEEPER as she cruises down the Savannah River on a 20 foot skiff. If you are unfamiliar with the Savannah Riverkeeper Challenge check out this introductory clip:

Gooooo Tonya!

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Up a Georgia Creek With a Paddle | Athens Move

This article recently published in Athens Move magazine encourages folks to get out on the rivers in Georgia and enjoy the wonderful natural resource we have in the State. There are a number of outfitters locally that rent canoes and kayaks and have planned trip that you can join for your paddling ease and pleasure….

…And don’t forget about Paddling 12 rivers in 2012!  Get Out on the River!!!

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