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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! 

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ENGAGE with Georgia's Rivers!

Lower Oconee River Hidden Gem Paddle CampoutLower Oconee Hidden Gem Paddle & Campout: Sept 17-18
REGISTER HERE!

Spend a weekend exploring the up-and-coming Lower Oconee Water Trail on the Fall Line of middle Georgia on Sept 17-18! Join Georgia River Network, Altamaha Riverkeeper, and the Lower Oconee Water Trail Partnership for the Lower Oconee Hidden Gem Paddle & Campout in Milledgeville, GA! Bring your friends and family ~ Beginners welcome ~ No paddling experience necessary! The event will include: Lunch * A festive Low Country Boil dinner * Live music * Camping * Hot breakfast * Presentations along the route ranging from flora/fauna, water health, and river cleanups to cultural history and visual & performing arts... We will be paddling: Near the sites of revolution-era forts * Through antebellum shipping routes * In the habitat of bald eagles, osprey, kingfishers, river otters, alligator gar, and blossoming Cherokee Rose.

Huge THANKS to all of our sponsors:
Taylor Services of Georgia, Oconee Outfitters, Blackbird Coffee, Tent-Sational Events, Inc., and Lockerly Arboretum!

Healthy Rivers: Healthy You Challenge
 
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Want to make Georgia’s rivers healthier while challenging yourself to do the same? You can! Join Georgia River Network’s Healthy Rivers, Healthy You fundraising challenge this summer to make an impact on our waterways, while becoming a healthier you! By participating in Healthy Rivers, Healthy You, you can strive to be healthier by joining challenges such as drinking more water, or even paddling on your local river!

Each challenge will incorporate self-health, while also educating participants about the health of our rivers, and what can be done to make sure they’re clean and beautiful! The money that each participant raises will go toward the efforts that Georgia River Network is making to encourage river health and people like you to get out and enjoy them! First place is a FREE registration for our next Hidden Gem Paddle on the Lower Oconee in September, with more prizes for the runner-up fundraisers! Check out the Healthy Rivers, Healthy You website to learn more about how you can become #riverhealthy.                                                    


EMPOWER other River Groups!

Georgia River Network, Water Words That Work, and the Chattahoochee Nature CenterPerfect Outreach Project Eventbrite Header will present a workshop on Perfect Outreach Projects - Tuesday, August 9 in Roswell.
 
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.
 
FRWT Meeting3In 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, Little Ohoopee, Ochlockonee, (Lower) Oconee, Middle & North Oconee, Whitewater Creek, and Yellow. This year we are providing intensive assistance for the development of the Flint River Water Trail. 
 
We also work hard to promote Georgia's developing water trails via our social media, Water Trails Newsletter, and Water Trails Website that has both a Clearinghouse of all established and developing water trails and a Toolkit for communities wanting to get a water trail started.
 
GA Water Trail Logo Web BoldAnother way we promote Water Trails 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!

The State of Georgia's Rivers - Why Buffers Matter
 
capitol cons day"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
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merchandise! We have GRN apparel, River User's Guides, banners, and much 
more! Perfect gifts for the river lover in your life!
 
Our Latest Guidebook ~
Broad River User's Guide!
 

book cover with shadowThis 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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Current River Issues
At Georgia River Network, we envision a clean water future for Georgia. Find out about the issues we're working on now to make this dream a reality. Learn about it here.
Water Trails
Our Water Trails Clearinghouse is designed to help you find great places to paddle in Georgia and also to give you the tools to create paddling opportunities in your community. Learn more here.
Paddle Georgia
Paddle Georgia is a 7 day trip on a different river each June. Be sure to sign up for the Paddle Georgia newsletter to stay in touch with the going on! Visit the official Paddle Georgia website or our YouTube channel to learn more.