Water Trails Workshop Presentations:

Water Trails that Work:
~Discovering the Keys to a Successful Water Trail
Porterdale, GA
October 13, 2012 
 * Katherine Edmonds - American Rivers’ Southeast Forest and Water Coordinator
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.
 * Bob Thomson -  Porterdale City Manager
How comprehensive planning through the charette visioning process set the stage for Porterdale’s Community Agenda.
Community Support
 * Matthew Pate -  Forsyth County Parks& RecreationOutdoor Programs Manager
Learn how partnerships with the local community, county, & city Government can result in long term sustainability of your water trail.
* Dan MacIntyre - Page Perry LLC, Georgia Canoeing Association
A brief look at the river access and passage issues of which we must be aware and how to develop a paddling trail that honors them.
Recreation Opportunities
 * Anne Nguyen – UGA undergraduate student of  Landscape Architecture
How to make sure your design is safe, environmentally sound, has accurate inventory, and uses professional resources.
 * Dave Teffeteller - Coosawattee Watershed Alliance
An overview of site selection, permitting, design and cost estimating, construction, capitalization and maintenance.
 * Mike Crook - Middle Chattahoochee River Stewards
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.
  * William "Hap" Tietjen – Georgia Adopt A Stream
Learn how to get GA Adopt A Stream involvedin your community and on your water trail and about the many educational benefits that come with it. 
Conservation/ Restoration
* Bonny Putney - Rivers Alive -Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Headwaters Outreach Manager
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.
 * Robby Bowen – Vice President Meanders River Restoration, Inc.
Learn about various forms of river restoration, how river restoration can improve a water trail, when restoration is necessary, and the associated costs.
Public Information
 * Harold Harbert - EPD Watershed Protection Branch’s  Outreach Manager
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.
 * Gwyneth Moody - Georgia River Network’s Community Programs Coordinator
Take a brief tour through GRN’s Water Trails Website, the official clearinghouse for finding info about all of the established and developing water trails in the State, as well as a useful toolkit for those water trails still in the conceptual phase.
Weekend for Rivers ~ Water Trail Toolkit
Chattahoochee Nature Center, Atanta, GA
Friday, February 25, 2011
Water Trails Nuts and Bolts Workshop
Canton, GA
September 17, 2010
Water Trails - The Status in Georgia
Georgia Wildlife Federation's Alcovy Conservation Center
March 11, 2010

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