Healthy Rivers for All Georgians is Our Goal
Founded in 1998, Georgia River Network serves as the voice of Georgia's rivers and works to empower everyone to enjoy, connect with, and advocate for economically vital and clean flowing rivers. We connect citizens to Georgia's rivers by providing fun, meaningful and educational water adventures. This is often where responsible river stewardship begins. We are also the only organization in Georgia that provides specialized water trail development assistance and closely monitors Georgia's water policies at a statewide level. To view our 2015 accomplishments, go here! Georgia River Network works for clean water in partnership with the Georgia Water Coalition by serving on its leadership team. You may also know us as the organizers of Paddle Georgia, the largest week long river trip of its kind in the nation, where we traverse down a different Georgia river each June. We also maintain the Georgia Water Trails Website, which is a one stop shop for all of the state's information pertaining to its water trails. Scroll down to see how Georgia River Network is protecting YOUR rivers!
ENGAGE with Georgia's Rivers!
Paddle Georgia 2016: June 18-24
REGISTER BY May 31
95 miles, 7 days, and 1 great time on the Oostanaula, Conasauga, and Coosa Rivers the week of June 18-24. Since the first Paddle Georgia in 2005, GRN has led more than 3,800 paddlers on week-long adventures on more than a dozen Georgia rivers, raising more than $280,000 for river protection in Georgia. This year we are partnering with Coosa River Basin Initiative to raise awareness and funds for the protection of these rivers. Join us! You will have fun and support river protection all at the same time. To learn more, go to http://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia.
Paddle Georgia lapel pins!
Georgia River Network Duck Race: June 24, 5pm, Heritage Park in Rome, GA
Join us for our first ever Duck Race! We will cast rubber ducks into the Oostanaula River, where the ducks will race down the river, speeding towards the finish line. The winner's adoptive parents will win a prize of $250 and a free Paddle Georgia 2017 registration*! This race will kick off the festivities to celebrate the final day of Paddle Georgia full of food, drinks, games, and awards! This family-fun race is open to all of Rome's citizens, not just those on Paddle Georgia! Ducks start at just $5, you can adopt your ducks here.
*Meals and special shuttle not included.
EMPOWER other River Groups!
Georgia River Network, Water Words That Work, and the Chattahoochee Nature Center will present a workshop on "Perfect Outreach Projects" on Tuesday, August 9 in Roswell. Learn more and register today!
GRN provides intensive water trail development assistance in the areas of planning, funding, recreational opportunities, public information, community support, conservation, restoration, education, and trail maintenance, as well as general resources and guidance, to river groups throughout the state. In 2015, our intensive services were directed toward the development of the Satilla River and South River Water Trails. Other rivers assisted through this program include the Alapaha, Broad, Flint, Little Ohoopee, Ochlockonee, (Lower) Oconee, Middle & North Oconee, Whitewater Creek, and Yellow.
We also work hard to promote Georgia's developing water trails. One of the many ways we do this is by highlighting these up and coming water trails through our Hidden Gems Paddling Series. We partner with local river groups, water trail groups, community groups, government agencies... you name it... to provide educational presentations during the paddles to raise awareness and funds for each water trail we choose for our paddle series. Click on the link to learn more about our Hidden Gems Paddling Series schedule for 2016, including our Lower Oconee Hidden Gem Paddle and Campout on September 17-18.
ADVOCATE for Clean Water in Georgia!
"Because non-point source polution is a leading source of water quality impairment in Georgia, EPD argues that "the establishment and maintenance of vegetated riparian buffers is one of the most important cost-effective" measures to proect "water quality" in Georgia. [Page 4-7]
We could not agree more with EPD. And so we ask the agency's leadership to work with us to protect all of Georgia's rivers and streams with riparian buffers, even those rivers and streams lacking "wrested vegetation." All of these waters deserve equal protection." - Chris Manganeillo, GRN's Policy Director
To read this blog in its entirety, go to https://gawaterwire.wordpress.com. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help protect Georgia's rivers, give us a call. We would love to speak with you.
Georgia River Network's Online Store
Check out our new online store to get some great Georgia River Network merchandise! We have GRN apparel, River User's Guides, banners, and much more! Perfect gifts for the river lover in your life!
Newly Released... Broad River User's Guide!
This is the latest of Georgia River Network's river user's guidebooks. With this handbook, river explorers will find all the information needed to embark on a Broad River journey, including detailed maps, put in/take out suggestions, fishing and camping locations, mile-by-mile points of interest, and an illustrated natural history guide to help identify animals and plants commonly seen in and around the river. Click here to learn more.
Check out our other guidebooks:
Chattahoochee River User's Guide
Etowah River User's Guide
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GRN is a member group of EarthShare of Georgia — a non-profit federation of over 60 Georgia non-profits, all of which work to educate, conserve, or protect our air, land, and water throughout Georgia.