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2013 Monthly Photo Showcase and Monthly Staff Pick

We want to give a BIG high five to Jason DuPont, who submitted the winning Staff Pick photo of March’s Showcase

A River Problem that Needs to be Fixed

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Check out the slide show below to see all of the amazing photos submitted!

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Make sure to get those creative juices flowing for April’s Topic:

Best photo taken at GRN’s “Weekend for Rivers” Conference April 6th – 7th!

So this is the scoop, 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.

We will showcase everyone’s photos on our website and social media and one photo per month will receive the illustrious title of ‘GRN Staff Pick of the Month’ and the chosen photo’s author will receive a surprise token of gratitude.

We will accept photo entries up until the third week of each month and announce the GRN staff pick and showcase all photo submissions the last week of each month. Submit your February photo entry NOW to Gwyneth@garivers.org

April‘s theme:

*Best ‘Weekend For Rivers’ photo*

Check out the 2013 Monthly Themes:

  • JanuaryFavorite photo of 2012 (Amos Tuck)
  • FebruaryThe love boat paddlers photo (Larry Waters Jr.)
  • MarchA river problem that needs to be fixed  (Jason DuPont)
  • April– Best ‘Weekend For Rivers’ photo
  • May– Creative way(s) of conserving water/How do you conserve water?
  • June– River wildlife
  • July– Favorite 2013 Paddle Georgia
  • August– Funniest paddling
  • September– Summer water fun with pet(s)
  • October– Protecting and cleaning up rivers
  • November– Fabulous fall colors
  • December– The gift of water
Looking forward to seeing y’alls AMAZING photos!Tuck-AmosWaters-Larry
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Paddle Georgia 2013 on the Lower Flint!
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Paddle Georgia Friends,heartWe know how much you LOVE Georgia’s rivers and Paddle Georgia, and to celebrate that LOVE, we thought it would be appropriate on Valentine’s Day to let you know that Paddle Georgia 2013 registration is now OPEN! dsc_0467If you haven’t heard the news yet – Paddle Georgia 2013 will take place on the lower Flint River – from Warwick to Bainbridge – June 15-21, 2013. Read Joe’s most recent blog post for all the details. It’s going to be another GREAT trip, and it’s going to be a hot ticket.Registration will be open until all the spaces are filled. There will be 350 spaces available for thru-paddlers this year. Last year, we sold out in just two weeks – so please register before we sell out.
 
Watch our Fun Lovin’ Paddle Georgia 2013 Registration Video:
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ImageWe will also have a limited number of Paddle Georgia Lite 2013 spaces that will be available by invitation only to our supporters, special guests, and by lottery. Paddle Georgia Lite is our abbreviated trip for just the first two days of Paddle Georgia – June 15-16. If you would like to be considered for a Paddle Georgia Lite invitation this year please fill out the request form at this link by April 1, 2013 and we’ll put you in the pool. Invitations will be extended by April 12.

AND, A VERY EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT! Canoe-A-Thon 2013 participants will be eligible for a very special reward for helping us accomplish two important goals of Paddle Georgia – introducing more people to our beautiful rivers and raising more money to protect these precious resources. Canoe-A-Thon 2013 participants who raise at least $200 will be GUARANTEED A SPOT ON PADDLE GEORGIA 2014* by being eligible to register during a special PRIORITY REGISTRATION period before regular open registration begins in Feb. 2014 for Paddle Georgia 2014 – our 10 Year Anniversary Trip and return to the Chattahoochee River where it all began. To learn more about Canoe-A-Thon and sign up for Canoe-A-Thon 2013 go to: http://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia/pgcanoeathon.html. *Be sure to click here and read all the specific rules and policies for Paddle Georgia 2014 Priority Registration. As always, there will be additional fabulous prizes for our top fundraisers.

Finally, please consider making a special gift to Georgia River Network to support the tradition of enjoying and protecting our rivers in 2013. It’s easy to do by just clicking this link.

We look forward to seeing you on the Flint in June!

The Paddle Georgia/Georgia River Network Team

2013 Sponsors to Date – Georgia Power; Hennessy Land Rover Centres; Patagonia; Oglethorpe Power Corporation; StreamTechs; Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center; Cellairis ; Len Foote Hike Inn; Chambliss, Sheppard, Roland & Baxter LLP; China Clay Producers Association; Sea to Summit; The Outside World

2013 Partners to Date – Georgia Canoe Association, Flint Riverkeeper, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, Project Wet

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Kayaking for the Georgia Coast!!

Join us and Save Georgia’s Coast!

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Save Georgia’s Coast is a group of organizations located near the coast of Georgia that have come together to protect our quality of life in coastal Georgia.  Our goal is to protect and preserve what makes coastal Georgia so special to those whom call it home.  Admired worldwide for their beauty and biological diversity, coastal Georgia’s saltwater marshes, freshwater wetlands, and freshwater flows have been increasingly impacted by the residential and commercial development that has irretrievably damaged so many other communities along the Eastern Seaboard. We are alarmed about unchecked development and water pollution along the coast.  We are working so we can continue to drink the water, eat the fish, and safeguard our rivers, marshes, and islands for future generations. We believe a strong economy and our quality of life are dependent upon a healthy environment.Eight non-profit organizations dedicated to the protection and restoration of Georgia’s coast comprise Save Georgia’s Coast. They are the: Altamaha RiverkeeperCenter for a Sustainable Coast, Glynn Environmental CoalitionOgeechee RiverkeeperSatilla Riverkeeper, Savannah Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, and Southern Environmental Law Center.  All of these groups have years of experience working on the coast, and special qualities that make them critical to the overall success of Save Georgia’s Coast.

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Click here for Kayaking for the Georgia Coast Challenge!

About the Challenge

Doug Pettersen, Phillip Hodges, James Marlow and Allen Bradley are teaming up with Save Georgia’s Coast to bring further awareness to a subject that they each feel very passionately about: The fragile state of our Georgia Coast.During the first week in November, 2012 they will set out on a 100-mile fundraising kayak trip along the entire Georgia Coast. They will start the journey in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and will travel south along the Georgia Coast, winding their way through Georgia’s beautiful saltwater marshlands, past Tybee Island and Jekyll Island State Park, continuing on past Cumberland Island, which will then lead them to their final destination of Amelia Island, Florida.They are taking this tremendous opportunity not only to bring awareness to others concerning the continuous pollution and detrimental alterations being made to our Georgia Coast, but to also improve the future of Georgia’s marshlands and wetlands.Your sponsorship in support of their journey will allow Save Georgia’s Coast to continue in their ongoing efforts to protect and preserve Georgia’s coastal waterways, marshlands, and wetlands. 
Please make a pledge and support “Kayaking for the Georgia Coast” today!

The Players

About Doug:  Doug Pettersen developed a love for the outdoors through his climbing and mountaineering activities.  In that regard, he worked for many years as a professional guide for rock climbing and mountain climbing expeditions. Currently, Doug serves as a technical consultant to locate and operate video equipment at international athletic events. Doug views the kayak trip both as an opportunity to explore Georgia’s coast and to support environmental efforts on the Georgia coast.


About Phillip:  Phillip Hodges is a partner with Ernst & Young LLP in Atlanta. Phillip and his family reside in the suburbs of Atlanta with close access to the Chattahoochee River.  As a native of rural North Georgia, his love for the outdoors and mountains started at an early age, and canoeing, kayaking and hiking are in his blood.  Coastal navigation and shucking oysters are new games to him.  Phillip is a graduate of the University of Georgia, is a member of the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, and is on the Advisory Board of ImagineIt! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta.


About Allen: An avid outdoorsman, whenever Allen is not handling complex corporate legal matters as a member of the law firm of Stites & Harbinson,PLLC, he is  spending time with his wife and three children traveling across the country on wilderness camping and canoe  trips or hiking the Appalachian Trial. However, his passion for the environment doesn’t stop once he steps  into the office. As a Board Member of the Georgia Solar Energy Association, his dedication to renewable  energy and environmentally friendly alternative fuel sources is reflected in both his work and his outdoor activities.


About James:  James Marlow is CEO of Radiance Solar and an avid paddler, sailor and conservationist. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Savannah Riverkeeper and the Million Mile Greenway as well as a member of the Georgia Solar Energy Industry Association, and the Technology Association of Georgia Smart Energy Board of Directors.  He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University.

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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 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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Paddlers take to ‘Little Amazon’

Trip along the Altamaha River focuses on health of state’s river

By Lee Johnson

ljohnson@gainesvilletimes.com

POSTED: June 11, 2012 11:41 p.m

Paddlers take to 'Little Amazon'

Gainesville resident Joe Kidd will be paddling in the 105-mile “Paddle Georgia” trip down the Altamaha River. The annual trip is sponsored by the Georgia River Network.

A group of kayakers and canoers, including a handful from the Gainesville area, are preparing this week to take on the state’s “Little Amazon” — the Altamaha River.

On Saturday, about 350 paddlers from all over the nation will make the 105-mile journey from Baxley to Darien on the Altamaha during the eighth year of “Paddle Georgia,” an annual trip sponsored by the Georgia River Network. The trip will take seven days.

Vincent Tillirson, a Forsyth County resident, will pack his kayak, and coming with him is his 12-year-old daughter, Emma.

“One of my major points of doing this was that father-daughter bonding,” Tillirson said. “She’s at that age where she’s about to be a teenager and I just wanted to take a trip that, especially while she still looks up to me and thinks I know everything, that we’ll remember.”

Tillirson has done whitewater kayaking before but never a trip of this length.

“I just think it’s going to be an incredible experience,” he said. “We love being on the water, and that made it a perfect combo of a trip.”

But the paddlers are in it for more than just being on the water. It’s about learning and experiencing up close what the river system has to offer and how to protect it for future paddlers.

“As you paddle down the river you become aware of the damage that is being done to the river,” said Joe Kidd, a Gainesville resident. “Seeing it firsthand is different than reading about it.”

Kidd said he grew up on the Chattahoochee River and has seen pollution in the state’s river systems.

This kind of trip, he said, will open some eyes to both the beauty of the river and the dangers of human negligence.

“Awareness is the big thing,” he said. “We’ll see clean areas of the river and we see polluted areas of the river.”

It’s trips like this, he said, that help expand that awareness.

“Too many people just dump whatever they want to into the streams, and there’s no stop to it if we don’t do something about it,” Kidd said.

And the Georgia River Network is all about conservation of the state’s waterways.

Since the trip’s inception in 2005, organizers have guided more than 2,100 paddlers down more than 700 miles of Georgia rivers, including the Chattahoochee, Etowah, Ocmulgee, Flint, Coosawatee, Oostanaula, Broad, Savannah and Oconee.

The trips have raised more than $120,000 for river protection.

All proceeds from the trip go to support the network and some of its benefactors. This year, that includes the Altamaha Riverkeeper.

Gwyneth Moody, the network’s community programs coordinator, said that’s the nonprofit’s aim and this trip is one of the cornerstones to that success.

Moody, who said she grew up on the Broad River as a “river rat,” will actually be joining the paddlers this year.

“I’m excited,” Moody said. “I’ve never done seven days straight on the river, so it’s going to be a matter of endurance, but it’s going to be so much fun meeting amazing people that really care about rivers.”

She said the trip is the only one of its kind in the nation.

Throughout the week the paddlers will tour facilities and historical sites along the river, along with participating in educational programs on its cultural and natural history.

They will even help with a research program, collecting chemical and biological data to give a snapshot of the current health of the river.

“These trips are really worthwhile,” Kidd said.

As for what he hopes to bring back with him from the trip?

“Good memories.”

http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/68723/

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Daniela Di Iorio, husband Donald Newman and sons Evan and Marco of Athens, shown here on the Coosawattee River, will explore the Altamaha with hundreds of others on this year's week-long Paddle Georgia kayak and canoe trip.

By Lee Shearer

Daniela Di Iorio, husband Donald Newman and sons Evan and Marco of Athens, shown here on the Coosawattee River, will explore the Altamaha with hundreds of others on this year’s week-long Paddle Georgia kayak and canoe trip.

published Saturday, June 9, 2012

Some people call the Altamaha River “Georgia’s little Amazon,” but not Dorinda Dallmeyer.

“I turn that phrase on its head and say ‘No, the Amazon is Brazil’s Altamaha,’” said Dallmeyer, director of the environmental ethics program at the University of Georgia. “People need to appreciate that the river is unique, that it is a national treasure.”

The big Altamaha is the longest free-flowing river system remaining in the eastern United States. Named one of the 75 “Last Great Places on Earth” by the Nature Conservancy, the Altamaha is home to a profusion of wildlife — hundreds of kinds of rare plants and animals, including some that grow nowhere else on Earth.

About 350 people, including several Athenians, will get a firsthand look at the ibises, alligators and other creatures that call the Altamaha home on the upcoming eighth annual Paddle Georgia, a project of the Georgia River Network. Paddle Georgia is a week-long caravan of kayaks and canoes that this year will travel down 105 miles of the Altamaha, from Reidsville to Darien. This year’s trek begins Saturday and continues through June 22.

“It’s a great family vacation and a great way to stay cool in the hot summer,” said Daniela Di Iorio, who will make the trip with husband Donald Newman and sons Evan, 14, and Marco, 12. Di Iorio and her family have become regulars on Paddle Georgia, which chooses a different Georgia river each year.

But Di Iorio has a special interest in this year’s river trip. An oceanographer, she’s part of a University of Georgia-based research team conducting long-term research on the Georgia coast where the Altamaha pours into the ocean, nourishing salt marshes and fisheries.

Like many who know the Altamaha, Di Iorio is worried for the river’s future. Big and wild as it is, the Altamaha is dying by degrees, say some of the people who know it best. It’s being killed, they say, by a constant and growing barrage of large and small environmental wounds, many inflicted by folks far upstream, including Athenians who use water from the Oconee River system that feeds into the Altamaha.

“We can’t continue the way we’re going,” said former Altamaha Riverkeeper James Holland, who’s kept a close eye on the river for decades, first as a crab fisherman, later as the Riverkeeper, and more recently as a photographer documenting the mighty river. The University of Georgia Press this month published a book of his photographs, “The Altamaha: A River and its Keeper,” with essays by Dallmeyer and noted environmental writer Janisse Ray.

Big factories like the ITT Rayonier pulp mill in Wayne County pour wastewater into the river; in Appling County, the Plant Hatch nuclear plant sucks out 60 million gallons a day to generate electricity, and only half goes back in the river.

Upstream, cities like Athens draw millions of gallons out of rivers feeding the Altamaha, returning some of it as treated wastewater which still contains pollutants. Runoff from construction silts the river, along with pesticides from farms.

But those are just some of the wounds we inflict on the river, Holland says.

Large numbers of impoundments, from Jackson County farm ponds to Lake Oconee, hold back the waters that feed the Altamaha, reducing its flow. Add in a record drought year like this one, and the toll on wildlife grows from big to enormous. With less water that is more polluted, fewer fish can survive, and as the fish decline, so do the birds and other creatures that eat the fish.

The Altamaha River’s flow this spring has been lower than ever recorded during the 80 years the U.S. Geological Survey has been collecting data at a gauge in Doctortown, in south Georgia’s Wayne County. As the flow of fresh water ebbs, salt water is pushing farther upstream, Di Iorio said, threatening ancient forests that grow around the river — and even in it, in some places.

Meanwhile, invasive fish species like the flathead catfish are changing the stream’s ecological balance by displacing or even eating other fish species — though some native fish, including shad and sturgeon, may be increasing in number after long declines, said Bert Deener, a DNR regional fisheries supervisor in Waycross.

With all the big river has endured, it still teems with life, Deener said.

“This time of year there’s nothing like going on the Altamaha and getting a shady area and fishing for river bass,” he said. “There’s something special about it.”

 

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2012-06-09/paddle-georgia-explore-altamaha-river

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