Saturday, September 19, 2015

8 AM - 9 AM: Registration and Breakfast
9 AM - 9:15 AM: Introduction, kickoff, and summary of GRN’s 2015 accomplishments
9:15 AM -10:15 AM: River Cafe Conversations
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM: BREAK

10:15 AM - Noon: Plenary Presentations, Kingfisher Hall

•    Jenifer Hilburn—When to Advocate
•    Tonya Bonitatibus--Pushing Back the Pipeline
•    Suzanne Welander--Ten Years Later: How Much Can Change?
•    Alicia Evans and Joey Guinta--Paddle Georgia Youth Program

Noon - 1:00 PM: LUNCH

Breakout Sessions 1: 1:00-2:30 PM

Track 1: Technical and Policy Presentations, Kingfisher Hall
•    Chris Manganiello—GWC Legislative Priorities
•    Megan Derosiers—The Status of Coastal Buffers in Georgia
•    Bill Sapp—The Status of Waters of the United States Rule
•    Chandra Brown—Building Strategic Influence: How to Find and Recruit People to Save Rivers

Track 2: River Stories, Cowie-Weiss Auditorium
•    Ann Turner—The River through Wild Eyes…
•    Amos Tuck—Fishes of the Southeastern U.S.: A Story Worth a Lifetime to Tell
•    Richard Milligan—Seeing a River: A Geography of Riparian Legibility
•    Monica Sheppard--River Protection by Design

Track 3: Board Development, Plaza Conference Room
•    Sally Bethea—Finding and Keeping Major Donors
•    Major Donor Q&A with Panel
•    Davin Welter—How Your Members Can Also Be Fundraisers
•    Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Q&A with Panel

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM: BREAK

Breakout Sessions 2: 2:45 - 4:30 PM

Track 1: Technical and Policy Presentations, Kingfisher Hall
•    Charlotte Gillis—What a Water Trail Can Do for Your Community
•    Ben Emanuel—Working with Your Local Water Utilities on Water Loss Accounting and Control
•    Jessica Sterling—Holding Industrial Polluters Accountable in the Chattahoochee: A Case Study
•    Bryan Nuse—Reflections on the Importance of Flooding to Georgia’s Rivers
•    Andrew Rogers—The Shape of Georgia: Political and Physiographic

Track 2: River Stories, Cowie-Weiss Auditorium
•    Lynn McIntyre—Tourism and Georgia’s Rivers
•    Cassidy Lord—Chasing Water
•    Jenna Jambeck—“eXXpedition: Making the Unseen Seen” (film)

Track 3: Board Development, Plaza Conference Room
•     Joe Cook—Creating Popular, Long-Lasting, Lucrative Events
•     Events Q&A with Panel
•     April Ingle—Grants and Foundations Demystified
•     Grants/Overall Fundraising Q&A with Panel and Panel

4:30-4:45: BREAK

4:45-6:00: Field Trips

6:00 PM -7:00 PM: Happy Hour! (Ben Brady Pavilion Lawn)

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM: River Celebration Awards and Party (Ben Brady Pavilion)


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Paddle the Chattahoochee

This year Shoot the Hooch (STH) has offered to take Weekend for Rivers participants on a gorgeous 9-mile stretch of the nationally-designated Chattahoochee Water Trail, through the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. You will be putting in at the Garrard Boat Ramp on the John's Creek Environmental Campus in Alpharetta and taking out at the Chattahoochee River Park in Roswell, Georgia. Shoot the Hooch will make boats available, as well as a shuttle back to your car at the end of the paddle.

If you'd like to bring your own boat, the only charge will be the $6 shuttle fee to Garrard Landing Park from Azalea Park. So that STH will know how many people to shuttle to Garrard, please call in advance to let them know you will be riding their shuttle, even if you are bringing your own boat.

If you're renting a boat from Shoot the Hooch: Call to reserve your boat. You will show up on Sunday morning at Azalea Landing (203 Azalea Dr, Roswell, GA 30075), park, check in with STH and take the shuttle to Garrard at 8:30 AM. STH will have your boat at Garrard Landing, and you'll just turn it in to them at the end of a fabulous day of paddling!

If you're bringing your own boat: Arrive at Garrard Landing (8000 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30022) by 8 AM, and unload your boat with the other STH rental boats. A GRN staff member will be available to receive your boat and watch it while you shuttle back to Azalea Landing, drop off your car, and take the shuttle (runs from Azalea at 8:30) back to Garrard Landing. From there, you'll get it your boat, have the time of your life on the river, and get out at Azalea, where your car will be parked!

Every paddler will need to bring a lunch and snacks for the paddle, 2 quarts of water, sunscreen, rain gear (just in case!) and drybags or Ziplocks--whatever way you chose to protect your valuables from moisture.

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Telephone:     (770) 650-1008

•    6:30 AM: Wake up! Lights on and breakfast and coffee will be served in Kingfisher Hall
•    7:00 AM: Breakfast and coffee
•    8:00 AM: You can drop your own boat off at Garrard Landing and drive back to Azalea to get on the shuttle.
•    8:30 AM: Shuttle leaves Azalea for Garrard.
•    9:00 AM: Get on the River!