Archive for February, 2017

Register for Spring on the Satilla!

Have YOU registered for Paddle Georgia’s Spring on the Satilla?

Take a voyage down the Satilla River with Georgia River Network April 1st-2nd,2017!

When you think Deep South rivers, the Satilla is likely the image your mind conjures. Its slow-moving blackwater, moss-draped cypress and tupelo forests, rustic riverside fish camps, meandering oxbows and swampy sloughs are the stuff of southern folklore.

As the crow flies, the 28-mile run of the Satilla explored during Spring on the Satilla is just 20 miles from the heart of the Okefenokee Swamp, and like the swamp, it is wild, remote and beautiful.

Register NOW and learn more here: http://garivers.org/paddle_georgia/springonthesatilla.html


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Six Word Story Time!

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: “float”


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Registration is OPEN for Spring on the Satilla!

The paddling trip will take place April 1-2nd, 2017!

For two nights you will camp atop Long Bluff at rustic Satilla Lodge overlooking the river! Over the course of two days of paddling you will experience nearly 28 miles of this black water gem where moss-draped cypress and tupelo crowd the banks! Educational programs, catered meals, campfires and camaraderie will round out a weekend of leisurely paddling and first-rate camping.
Don’t miss out on this adventure!

Register & learn more here


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Spring on the Satilla!

YOU should register NOW for Paddle Georgia, A Project of Georgia River Network’s Spring on the Satilla!

Spring on the Satilla is the ultimate South Georgia river adventure. For two nights you will camp atop Long Bluff and over the course of two days you will experience nearly 28 miles of this blackwater gem where moss-draped cypress and tupelo crowd the banks!

Your Spring on the Satilla registration is all inclusive. It includes all meals, shuttle services and campsites as well as a T-shirt, boat decals, maps and river descriptions, a year’s membership to Georgia River Network, entertainment, activities, and educational programs.

More details and information about registration can be found on Paddle Georgia’s website: http://garivers.org/paddle_georgia/springonthesatilla.html

Don’t miss out on this adventure!


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Confluence 2017

Confluence 2017
Registration is now open for Georgia Adopt-A-Stream’s annual conference, Confluence. Come for a fun-filled weekend to expand your water knowledge, share experiences and celebrate your efforts in water quality monitoring!

Confluence 2017 will be held on Friday & Saturday, March 24-25 at the Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford, GA.

Friday (5 pm to 9 pm): Dinner Social, Water Quality Poster Session, Featured Speakers

Saturday (8 am to 5 pm): Keynote Address, Water Quality Workshops, Exhibits, and AAS Awards Ceremony

Register here:

The deadline is Tuesday, March 21st!
Deadline for t-shirt orders is Friday, March 17th at noon


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It’s WATER TRAIL WEDNESDAY! Time for GRN’s Water Trail Tidbit of the Week~ Check out Georgia River Network’s website for a checklist on starting a water trail! http://www.garivers.org/files/Newtrailchecklist.pdf


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“Georgia scores major victory in water wars feud with Florida”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Greg Bluestein

Georgia won a major victory Tuesday in a long-running legal dispute with Florida with a court order avoiding strict new water consumption limits that officials said would have struck a devastating blow to the state’s economy.

The order by Ralph Lancaster, a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court to handle the case, found that Florida had “failed to show that a consumption cap” was needed after five weeks of hearing testimony in the case. It urges the nation’s highest court to deny Florida’s complaint.

It was celebrated by Georgia politicians, business boosters and agriculture groups that argued strict new water limits could cost the state billions of dollars. Florida contended a court defeat could endanger its environment and hobble its thriving oyster industry.
The fight between the two states – plus Alabama, which has been nervously watching the proceedings – involves water flowing from Lake Lanier downstream through Alabama to Florida’s Apalachicola Bay.

Georgia’s two neighbors have argued for decades that it has drawn more than its share from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers, posing a threat to the ecological system and harming the livelihoods of their residents.

Georgia countered that the state’s water use had little to do with the collapse of the Apalachicola oyster industry. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave Georgia a stamp of approval last year when it said metro Atlanta would get virtually all the water it needs from Lanier through 2050.

Lancaster had practically begged Florida and Georgia to reach an out-of-court settlement, urging the attorneys for both states repeatedly to hash out a compromise before his ruling. Gov. Nathan Deal had a series of quiet meetings with his counterparts, but the sessions have yet to yield a public agreement.

Lancaster’s order is not final, as the U.S. Supreme Court can reject his findings or take another route. Congress could ultimately weigh in, and further lawsuits can’t be ruled out either. Still, Deal and other state leaders said Lancaster’s order vindicated Georgia’s argument.

Florida officials didn’t immediately comment, but the ruling did appear to leave an opening to launch another legal complaint. Lancaster hinted throughout his ruling that Florida made a grievous tactical error by not including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a party to the lawsuit.

“Without the Corps as a party, the Court cannot order the Corps to take any particular action,” his ruling read.

It was the latest victory for Georgia in a decades-long court fight with Florida and Alabama over how to share regional water resources. This particular feud started in 2013 when Florida sued Georgia claiming that metro Atlanta residents and southwest Georgia farmers hurt downstream aquatic species by using too much water.

Florida’s lawsuit aimed to cap Georgia’s overall water consumption and boost the amount of water it sends downstream during drought. And the U.S. Supreme Court shocked Georgia officials in November 2014 by agreeing to hear the case. Lancaster concluded five weeks of trial in Maine in early December.

The stakes are high. An economic analysis presented by Georgia during the trial warned that the state could suffer nearly $2.5 billion in economic losses each year if the verdict went against them. Florida argued the costs would be about $100 million.

The outcome also affects millions of residents along the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin, which spreads from metro Atlanta through Columbus, Albany, eastern Alabama and a large swath of the Florida Panhandle.


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