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CLAM JAM 2012

November 3rd     2:00 p.m.     Pine Marsh Farm

Handmade Rustic Bench made from vintage doors. One of many fantastic Clam Jam auction items.

The list is growing, see more at: http://www.altamahariverkeeper.org/events/clamJam-auction-2012.asp
Celebrate the Bounty of our Coastal Treasures- with Oysters, Clams, Shrimp, Pecan Smoked Boston Butts, and Fresh Local Vegetables

Music and Auction

Proceeds support Altamaha Riverkeeper’s protection work
Call your friends and bring a crowd!
Register for Clam Jam at http://www.altamahariverkeeper.org/events/clamJam2012.asp

See our new video, “A Rivers Story: Reclaiming the Altamaha”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGk34atUpb8&feature=youtu.be

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http://www.outdoorafro.com/2012/09/share-your-summer-water-fun-for-a-chance-to-win-a-pair-of-keen-shoes/

Share Your Summer Water Fun for a Chance to Win a Pair of KEEN Shoes!

Did you have a blast on a waterway this summer and have a cool video to share about it? Want a chance to win a pair of KEEN shoes?

If you answered yes to both questions then this contest is for YOU!

The Georgia River Network and Outdoor Afro have teamed up to help share how people are enjoying their waterways all over the country – like these Outdoor Afros on California’s American River below!

All you have to do is submit your original, short (no more than 3 minute) video that shares what you enjoyed and valued about your local rivers and waterways over the summer!

Contest submissions will be posted on the Georgia River Network and Outdoor Afro social media pages, and five (5) finalists will be selected by Georgia River Network and Outdoor Afro fans, but ONE selected winner will get a  pair of KEEN shoes!

Here is how to enter:

  • Submit your video link below in the comments section, OR upload to the Outdoor Afro facebook page

We will announce the winner November 1st!

Good Luck!

This blog series is sponsored by the Georgia River Network

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Join ARK for the Clam Jam on Nov 3rd. and an opportunity to win the Cuda, a state of the art kayak donated by Kristine Jackson of Jackson Kayak. http://www.altamahariverkeeper.org/events/clamJam2012.asp

Learn more about this big water fisherman’s dream at:

http://jacksonkayak.com/jk-kayaks/kayak-fishing/cuda/

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Get Involved in Conservation Activities Saturday, October 20, 2012:

Fall River Clean-up at Barrington Park, McIntosh County,
Join Altamaha Riverkeeper and Keep McIntosh Beautiful from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM to clean up the human impact (trash) in the habitat of our beautiful wildlife. Your good deeds will be rewarded with, good food, positive vibes, and a kayak tour of Tupelo Swamp. To register contact Julie at (912) 832-2424 or rjdean@darientel.net. More information: https://sites.google.com/site/keepmcintoshbeautiful/home/upcoming-events/fallriverclean-up
Glynn Environmental Coalition Fishing Tournament at Burnett Creek  
Join GEC from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and catch fish to sample for contamination. Event is in cooperation with the GA Dept. of Public Health and UGA. Kids are welcome and prizes will be awarded for biggest fish. For more information, call 912-466-0934, or email gec@glynnenvironmental.org. More information: http://www.glynnenvironmental.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49&Itemid=56.
The GEC Annual Meeting is 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Embassy Suites, Glynn Place Mall Brunswick. 

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Please join us to celebrate our coast with an alfresco dinner of fresh shrimp, oysters, and clams and music by Courson Saunds and Nick Bryant.

Photo by James Holland
Selection of amazing items in our Clam Jam auction with more to come.  See details and sign up for Clam Jam at

http://www.altamahariverkeeper.org/events/clamJam2012.asp

• A 3 day, 2 night stay at circa 1895 two story Italianate Victorian house in the National Historic district of Fernandina. This beautiful 4 bedrooms and 3 full bath house is within easy walking distance of Fernandina Beach village, restaurants, shops, marina and entertainment. Donated by Chris Nelson

• Guided historic canoe trip, lunch, and refreshments for 6 of some of the most pristine parts of the Oconee River. The approximate 10 mile tour is guided by ARK board member, DuBose Porter and narrated by local historian, Scott Thompson. Donated by DuBose Porter.

• A day of exploration and lunch for 8 on St Catherine’s – an undeveloped barrier island preserved for scientific, archeological, and conservation research.

• Privately catered dinner by Chef Mary Schowe for 4-8 at the home of the winner

• Private reading for the winner and friends by Janisse Ray of her newly released book, The Seed Underground; A Growing Revolution to Save Food.

• Case of fine wine from True Vine Wine and Gourmet in Brunswick

• Shorebirds sculpture created and donated by famous ironsmith, Ivan Bailey

• Hand Made Pottery created and donated by Susie Bealer Duncan

• A private island adventure and 2 night stay on Little St Simons, 10,000 acres of maritime forests and marshlands and seven miles of shell-strewn beaches. Accessible only by boat, this extraordinary natural sanctuary is among the last of its kind.

• Primitive bench handmade from vintage doors donated by Sheila and John Parker

• Kayak tour on Cathead Creek for two donated by SE Adventures

• “Wood Peckers” beautifully framed and matted limited editions print by Jacksonville, Florida native, C. Ford Riley. Donated by Sheryl Schooley

• Books donated from UGA Press

• Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia by John Jenson, et al.

• The Southern Frontier, by Philip Juras

• Peachtree Creek, by David Kaufman

• Invasive Pythons, by Dorcas and Willson

• Favorite Wildflower Walks in Georgia, by Hugh and Carol Nourse

• Hey, Bug Doctor, by Jim Howell

• Drifting into Darien,  by Janisse Ray

• The World of the Salt Marsh, by Charles Seabrook

• Kayak adventure tour of the Altamaha River guided by Danny Grissett with Altamaha Coastal Tours and Riverkeeper, Robby Arrington. Donated by Altamaha Coastal Tours

• Gift certificate to  Open Gates Bed and Breakfast located in the historic Darien waterfront

• “Wild Horses on Cumberland” a beautifully framed and signed black and white photograph by Jeffery Williams of Williams Gallery in Savannah.

 See details and sign up for Clam Jam at

http://www.altamahariverkeeper.org/events/clamJam2012.asp

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Well Folks… it’s that time of year again…

Fall Tallulah Releases!

PO Box 248, Tallulah Gorge, GA (edit map)

Messages from those who know:

Hello folks,

In the past many of you have helped with these releases and had a great time. Even though Atlanta Area Paddlers is not an official sponsor on any given day, we have been asked to help fill some volunteer spots during these three releases.  If you volunteer, sign up here BUT YOU DO NOT HAVE A SPOT UNTIL YOU CONTACT THE PEOPLE LISTED BELOW.  THERE ARE THREE DIFFERENT RELEASE WEEKENDS, THREE DIFFERENT COORDINATORS!!

Thanks,

John Miller,

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Before I go any further I would like to thank all of the volunteers and sponsors……these releases would not be possible with you!

There are 3 weekends of releases in November:

The first weekend Nov 3rd and 4th is being sponsored by Team River Runner and I will be coordinating the volunteers (dillon3938@yahoo.com).

The second weekend Nov 10th and 11th will be sponsored by the AWC and Amanda McDaniel will be coordinating the volunteers (amcdaniel1116@gmail.com).

The third weekend, Nov 17th and 18th will be sponsored by the GCA with Kate Wilkerson coordinating (odiek8@juno.com).

There are 4 volunteer posts/jobs.

Three people man the Registration Desk at the top of the stairs where:

*you collect the Waivers and make sure they have filled it out properly (ICE numbers and allergy sections filled in…..Alex Supertramp is not a paddler and neither is Donald Duck though both have turned in waiver forms in the past!!), *you stop the general public from going down the steps,*you control the flow of boats and paddlers down the steps to avoid overcrowding at the put in and remind the boaters to go from landing to landing so they don’t have to stop on the stairs and hold their boats.

Two people are at the Bridge:

*to stop the general public coming across and onto the stairs.(Only boaters, Rangers and volunteers are allowed on the stairs during the release)*coordinate with the registration desk and put in to regulate the flow of paddlers on the stairs and at the put in.
*communicate with all parties in the event of an emergency.

Two People at the Put In:

*keep the deck as organized as possible (have paddlers stack boats and move down to the end of the platform if they are not putting in)*coordinate with the bridge and registration desk to regulate the flow of paddlers.
*keep in touch with everyone via radio if we have an emergency and request assistance if needed.

We had record numbers over the last release weekend in April with 370 runs on the Saturday and 340 on the Sunday.
With this increase in the numbers the volunteer’s job has become even more important, to keep the day flowing smoothly. There is only a five hour window in which to get all of these boaters down to and on the water. The first boater can pass the registration desk as soon as we get the word from the Rangers that the water has stablized, which is usually between 9.30am and 10am, the last boater passes the registration desk at 3pm. As you can imagine it gets pretty busy!!

One or two people at theTake Out:

*to check for parking passes
*to ask boaters to leave as many cars as possible at the put in as the Take Out parking gets over crowded.

You don’t need to know anything about paddling to work the Registration Desk and the Bridge but would need to be familiar with whitewater paddling to work the Put In.

Comfortable shoes are a must (there are 400 steps down to the bridge and 600 steps (total) down to the put in)Layers of clothes (if the sun is up it can be quite warm in the gorge but as soon as the sun goes in the temp drops pretty quickly)A bottle of water and a snack bar or two (it can be hungry work standing around for 4 hours!)

We will hold an orientation meeting at the beginning of each shift so the volunteers get a chance to meet each other and be briefed on the duties of each of the positions.
This meeting takes place promptly at 8am (for the morning 8-12 shift) and 11am (for the afternoon 11-3.30 shift) in the Ranger workshop on the left side of the boaters parking lot just off 441 between Tallulah Falls town and the highway bridge over the river…….about 12 miles south of Clayton. If you are going north on 441 it will be on your left just before you cross the bridge (the visitor center is on the other side of the bridge). Pull into the car park and tell the steward that you are one of the volunteers and he will point you in the direction of the workshop.
http://gastateparks.org/info/Tallulah/#directions Tallulah State Park

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jUb9fqvbh0 Cool video of a Tallulah run! The first rapid on the video is the one you can see from the put in.

http://gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge camping at Tallulah Gorge State Park

Or check Trailheadfinder.com for more local campgrounds.

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/506/ American Whitewater’s river details.

Thank you again and let me know if you have any questions.
Laura Dillon

Six78-662-0685
dillon3938@yahoo.com

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Please join the Altamaha Riverkeeper’s efforts to get Jesup’s Rayonier pulp mill to clean up its pollution of the mighty Altamaha by viewing and sharing their new video production.

Click into You Tube here: http://youtu.be/yAWNI1hknPo to see the video and pass it on to your friends.

Special thanks to Judy Sharpton for her ballad “Uncle Toad’s Question” and to Donata Renfrow of J. Galt and Associates for producing the video. They need your help to get this out, so please take a few minutes today to view the video and share it where ever you can.

You can also view the video on ARK’s website at www.altamahariverkeeper.org.

Please get involved and support ARK’s work to secure stricter permit limits for Rayonier’s discharge.

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