Water Trails that Work: Discovering the Keys to a Successful Water Trail Porterdale, GA October 13, 2012
This Water Trails Workshop was specifically geared to assist the Yellow and South River in their efforts to become established water trails. However, the material was useful to many other developing and established water trail groups as the framework for the workshop will be based on the National Water Trails System’s Criteria for Best Management Practices.
* Katherine Edmonds - American Rivers’ Southeast Forest and Water Coordinator ‘ Economic Benefits of Water Trails’ Learn about the economic benefits and local gains that can come from promoting river
recreation in communities and how water trails can be effective in bringing tourism, getting
communities on their local waterways, and promoting conservation. Powerpoint PDF
* Mike Crook -Middle Chattahoochee River Stewards ‘The Chattahoochee Valley Blueway; how we are adapting an existing reality to fit a concept’ Recreational usage along the Chattahoochee Valley Blueway increases exponentially each year.
Learn how new and existing access points have been adapted and improved and how developing
safe/formal passage around two dam structures will open the water trail to a variety of recreation
experiences from snorkeling underwater archaeological sites to bird watching.
* Bonny Putney - Rivers Alive -Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Headwaters Outreach Manager ‘Get your Community Involved! Lessons Learned on the River’ Find out the benefits of community involvement by using Rivers Alive waterway cleanups, working
with partners and celebrating what is special about your water trail. Case studies will be highlighted
and you will receive hands on information you can put to use immediately in your community. Powerpoint PDF
* Harold Harbert - EPD Watershed Protection Branch’s Outreach Manager ‘ Who wants an Interactive Map for their Water Trail?’ Learn about EPD and GRN’s collaborative Interactive Water Trail Map Project, the useful information
that will be accessible to the public online, and how you can ensure your water trail map is added to our database. Powerpoint PDF