2012 Agenda

Friday, March 30

12 Noon - 4 p.m.

Wetlands Delineation Workshop: In conjunction with Weekend for Rivers, the Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with Southern Environmental Law Center, will be leading a hands-on wetlands delineation workshop at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Participants will gain an understanding of how a wetlands delineation works. There will be a classroom portion of the workshop, but the workshop will take place primarily in the field where you will get hands-on instruction and experience with how wetland delineations are determined. For questions or to register contact Bill Sapp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Bring a bag lunch!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

8 a.m. - 9 a.m.: Breakfast and Registration

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.: Weekend for Rivers Kickoff

9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.:  River Café Conversations

11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.:  BREAK

11:10 a.m. - NOON:  Presentations

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  • "The Chattahoochee River Water Trail"--Patricia Wissinger

  • “The Upper Chattahoochee: The Making of a Blue Trail”—a video by Jamie Higgins

  • “A River Story from the City”—Ben Emanuel

  • “Mountain Treasure”—a song by Lisa McAdams, Introduction by Buzz Williams

NOON - 1 p.m.: LUNCH outside!

1 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Presentations

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  • "Introduction to the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program”—Jason Ulseth

  • "How Political Enemies Helped Save a River"—Sally Bethea

  • “Forced Paddle: A Lesson for Life”—Gordon Rogers

  • “Hot and Dry: Energy and Water in Georgia”—Chris Manganiello

  • “If the World Were Like Paddle Georgia”—April Ingle

  • “Oconee River: Divided Waters, Broken Hearts and Georgia's Lonely War”—Steven Scurry

  • “Georgia's Dirty Dozen”—Juliet Cohen

  • “The Importance of Georgia’s Rivers to the Black Bass Record”—Randy Vining

  • “Satilla Solitude"—photos by Wayne Morgan

2:45 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.: BREAK

2:55 p.m. - 4:45: Presentations

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4:45 p.m. - 7 p.m.: FREE TIME!

But don't worry! There's still stuff to do!

  • River Tales Studio
    Location: Plaza Conference Room
    Time: Open 8 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Sign-up at the registration desk.

  • Open Space
    Location: Anywhere!
    Time: 4:45 p.m. - 7 p.m.

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.: River Celebration Awards and Party

  • 7:00.: Silent Auction Begins

  • 7:45 - 8:00: Awards Ceremony

  • 8:00 - 8:15: Live Auction

  • 8:45: Silent Auction Ends

11:00 p.m.: Lights out if you're camping in Kingfisher Hall!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

7 a.m. - 8 a.m.: Breakfast

8 a.m.: Shuttle leaves Kingfisher Hall for those renting boats

Participants will drive their own cars to the put-in at Garrard's Landing (at Holcomb Bridge Road) and drop their boats off UNLESS you are renting a boat from Urban Currents, in which case a shuttle will arrive at the Chattahoochee Nature Center to take you to the put-in where your boat will be waiting.  For more information about shuttles, consult the Mini-Paddle Georgia section of the Weekend for Rivers page.

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.: Boat Launch

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: National Park Service Ranger will be available to answer questions at Island Ford. 

You can get out and walk the trails, have a picnic, or just take a little potty break!

1 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Take-out and shuttles back to Garrard's Landing.

If you've rented a boat from Urban Currents, the shuttle will take you back to your car, which will be parked at the Chattahoochee Nature Center.