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!
Paddle Georgia 2016 Online Auction Now Open!
This May 2-6, Georgia River Network will be hosting an online auction to benefit this year's Paddle Georgia on the Oostanaula, Conasauga, and Coosa Rivers in June. We organize this trip because we've discovered it changes lives, and furthers our mission to empower others to protect, restore, and enjoy Georgia's rivers. But we can't do it without your financial support!
Most of the items up for bid will directly benefit our Paddle Georgia Youth Program. Through scholarships, the Youth Program brings 10-12 underserved youth and their chaperones on a journey down Georgia's rivers. Most of these kids have never been on a river or camped in a tent before. Our goal is to engage these kids in river protection and show them the joy that paddling a river can bring. We thank you for your support of our future riverkeepers.
The auction will run May 2 at 8 am until May 6 at 9 pm. You can find it here.
ENGAGE with Georgia's Rivers!
Paddle Georgia 2016: June 18-24
REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
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!
EMPOWER other River Groups!
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.
ADVOCATE for Clean Water in Georgia!
The last day of Georgia's General Assembly 2016 was March 24. To view how your legislators voted, go HERE.
GRN, as a state-wide clean water advocacy organization and member of the Georgia Water Coalition's leadership team, worked hard this 2016 legislative session to advocate for clean water protections. Go HERE for a legislative wrap-up written by Chris Manganiello, GRN's policy director. 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! GRN apparel, River User's Guides, and much more!
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.