Archive for March, 2013

ImageIts time to go out and raise some money for Georgia River Network and Flint Riverkeeper through the Paddle Georgia Canoe-a-thon! http://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia/pgcanoeathon.html Or donate to a Canoe-a-thoner like Bobby Marie:

For the 5th year in a row Bobby Marie is going to paddle, survey and gather data on water conditions for Paddle Georgia and is asking for donations and sponsorship from you for his 106 mile journey…

Check out http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/robertbobby-marie/paddle-georgia-2013

ImageHelp Bobby Marie out of the fog!

Paddle Georgia 2013! My 5th in a row and I will cross the 500 mile mark this June.. What a set of jouneys it has been. Please make a donation to my page to help preserve our most precious life giving water. This is my one and only fundraising venture every year and thanks to everyone for your support in the past and especially for new donors to the effort.

This year, along with 350 other paddlers I am going by kayak 106 miles on Georgia’s Lower Flint River from Warwick, GA to Bainbridge, GA.

We shove off on June 15th, 2013 and end 7 hot, wet days later on June 21st. Our shortest paddle day is 11 miles and our longest is 21 miles. It promises to be an epic ride through the coastal plains of Southwest Georgia.

Your donations through this page will go, as they have in the past, to the Area Riverkeeper, the GA River Network, a statewide non-profit, AND to support efforts nationwide for clean, sustainable water. This one is special because I am paddling on a newly repaired shoulder! My pledge is to paddle every inch of the journey, learning and seeing along the way, and be your eyes and ears for renewal and protection of our streams and rivers. The amount of fresh water on our planet is finite, we can protect it not only for ourselves but for the future as well!

Give as you can, it WILL make a difference!

Make a pledge for yourself, in the name of a loved one or ones and for whatever reason is important to you! Big to small, every one matters. One dollar a mile or 10 cents a mile please consider something. Every penny helps the fog clear away!

Donating through this website is a simple, fast and totally secure way to support my fundraising efforts. You will receive a receipt when donating.

I appreciate you all and PLEASE pass this along by Twitter, Facebook, your email contacts or any other way to spread the word for me to help in preserving our waters. I want to reach and exceed my goal with your help.

Many thanks for your support — I am excited to be on my 5th Paddle GA and have seen the difference we’ve made! I will match the first $100.00 in donations and along with my 50,000 to 100,000 (yes, THOUSAND) paddle strokes it will be a wonderful thing!

In the river spirit and a clearing through the fog, Thank You. Bobby Marie

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“The Value of Water”
Saturday-Sunday, April 6-7, 2013
Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, Georgia

Weekend for Rivers 2013, Georgia River Network’s Annual Conference and River Celebration, is fast approaching, and you can register now!

Don’t miss an entire weekend of celebrating Georgia’s unique, beautiful rivers through storytelling, partying and paddling for the low price of $50 (check out the special rates for kids, students and new-comers on the Eventbrite registration page).

And even if you can’t make it to the whole weekend, click HERE to buy tickets to the party on Saturday night!

•    Over 30 presenters with offerings ranging from policy updates to poetry, music to meditation. Click here to view the compete agenda.
•    A great party with drinks from Sweetwater Brewery and Barefoot Wines, music by our DJ, a silent auction, our famous Paddle Georgia Port-a-Potty Auction, and fun!  River celebration awards will be presented to Jerry McCollum, Keith Parsons, Richard Milligan, and South River Watershed Association.
•    Camping at the Chattahoochee Nature Center!
•    A Mini Paddle Georgia! Paddle with us from Johnson Ferry to Paces Mill (~6.5 miles) on the beautiful Chattahoochee! Bring your own boat, rent a boat from Broad River Outpost (contact Michael at 706.795.3242 or gabroadriver@gmail.com rental boats will be brought to put-in and picked up the end) or paddle in a raft with a National Park Service ranger from Powers Ferry to Paces Mill (~3 miles). For more information on the raft trip, call or email Jesslyn: 706.549.4508, jesslyn@garivers.org.

Click HERE to find out more about Weekend for Rivers, or if you have questions, email Jesslyn Shields at jesslyn@garivers.org.

We can’t wait to spend the Weekend with you!

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Today is World Water Day!


Won’t YOU help Georgia River Network celebrate by sharing this post with your friends, making a donation, or by discovering your local river group on our website (www.garivers.org) and getting involved!

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 Flint Riverkeeper1

-River Trip Series-
First paddle of 2013 kicks off March 23rd!

Explore and understand the natural diversity of the Flint River

Join us for 2013’s first Taste the Flint River Trip

Saturday, March 23rd

Upper Flint, near Thomaston

8:00am: Meet at State Route 74 bridge

6+ hour trip to Sprewell Bluff Recreation Area

Moderate-Experience Paddling Skills Required for this trip

*Registrants will be sent additional details and directions


Register by emailing jayme@flintriverkeeper.org

OR call 229.435.2241, 229.220.9796

  • FRk members who bring their own canoe $15 each
  • FRk members who need to borrow canoe $25 each
  • Non-members who bring their own canoe $35 each
  • Non-members who need to borrow canoe $45 each
  • FREE trip & boat usage for up to three volunteers who will help load boats and gear at the conclusion of the trip

(non member cost includes one-year of FRk membership)
*pricing includes kayaks, too

More TASTE the FLINT River Trips are planned for the rest of the year, throughout the Flint watershed:


Saturday, April 20th: Middle Flint, near Montezuma


Saturday in May, TBA: Upson-Thomaston Chamber of Commerce

3rd Annual Poker Float


Saturday, June 15th- Friday, June 21st: Paddle Georgia on Lower Flint

*this event is sold-out, but you can be included on the wait list

and find other details here

*Although sold-out, Paddle Georgia coordinators are seeking solutions to accommodate those on the wait list


Saturday in July, TBA: Baker-Mitchell Sheriff’s Home poker Float


Saturday, October 5th: Lower Flint, near Albany


-all scheduled trips are subject to change due to weather and flow conditions-

We hope to see you on the river!


The mission of the Flint Riverkeeper® (FRk) is to restore and preserve the habitat, water quality, and flow of the Flint River for the benefit of current and future generations and dependent wildlife. Flint Riverkeeper is a fully licensed member of the Waterkeeper Alliance; a participating member of the Georgia Water Coalition; and a member-group of EarthShare of Georgia.

Copyright© 2009 Flint Riverkeeper. All rights reserved
Flint Riverkeeper | P.O. Box 468, Albany Ga. 31702 | (229) 435-2241

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Did you know Georgia has 13 established Water Trails? Do you know where they are? You can read all about them and find the one nearest you at our

Water Trails website!


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We would love to showcase the river issues in Georgia so people are more aware of the problems that need to be addressed and can learn how to get involved in restoration efforts!

Please share your photo for our March photo showcase!  Check out more details HERE….

trashEmail your photo to Gwyneth@garivers.org

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GRN is giving a BIG shout out to Larry Waters Jr.- winner of February’s Photo Staff Pick!

Enjoy February’s Photo showcase

~ ‘Love Boat Paddlers’~

We are so impressed by all of the amazing photos submitted and we hope they will inspire you, your friends and family to get out and protect, restore, and enjoy Georgia’s rivers from the mountains to the coast!

Click HERE to see Monthly Photo Showcase and Staff Pick details

Each month we will have a different theme and invite you to send us a photo that you think best represents the topic of the month.

Submit a photo for March!

March’s theme: “Capturing a River Issue in Georgia”

Email your submission to gwyneth@garivers.org

*Please submit one photo only and include a ‘photo title’ 30 characters in length that has the name of the river, creek, or lake on which the photo was taken and photo author’s name.

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