Riverkeepers, Water Policy and Paddle enthusiasts gathered from all over the state for the annual Weekend for Rivers conference at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Discussing a multitude of issues and organizations doing work to protect Georgia's River Network. To read in order read from the bottom up. Check out these SEMobile interviews too: Youth Paddle Georgia, Leigh Bost - Patagonia Atlanta, and "The Beav".

 

  • Lots of quotes from Pres. Theodore Roosevelt. A great hunter but also the first real environmental protection @potus
  • By maintaining our water quality is key to maintaining our American Quality of life and heritage
  • #GA is growing by 2 million people each 10 years. That's huge stress on our water sources.
  • The key to better communication is to be a better listener.
  • Environmental speak is too technical. We need to talk about basic concerns like visible pollution and run-off silt
  • How to talk about water to Construction worker...talk fishing! Not water basins. Most don't even know what a water basin is
  • GA Construction workers now have to be permitted but includes some water knowledge but not nearly enough.
  • Many people in the construction community care about protecting water they just don't what to do about it.
  • As people are passionate about water learning about the creeks, streams and water in #Georgia helps the passion to protect
  • Next is storm water and waste water
  • Conclusion passage issues are not a real challenge in #GA
  • This has been a very technical and interesting but not very tweetable.
  • Recreational boating naturally was not part of the consideration of these laws. That came much later.
  • Most rivers in America are not tidal rivers unlike in England. >> However the Sacramento River is a notable exception.
  • Your rights are protected from a clause of the Magna Carta and implemented in the colonies (United States)
  • In regards to passage there is #GA folklore that says if you own both sides of river you can block passage on the river. Absolutely false
  • Generally you can access the river through public land but not always true check before you go.
  • There are two key things to know about being on the river - right to access and right to passage.
  • Next speaker is the lawyer for the Georgia Canoe Association
  • ?How do you define healthy flows. ?How do you talk about it? A: still being developed.
  • First report of that studies the upper Flint River basin a low flow will be released in a couple of weeks. Look for it on Southeast Green
  • And once again never returns
  • In Clayton County there is no sewer system. Half of the county is on septic tanks which means water gets pulled out of the river...
  • So returned treated waste water never comes back to the Flint River
  • #GA State law has actually allowed for water to be drawn out and then discharged as waste water into other basins like the Chattahoochee
  • Waste water is another huge factor to be considered when learning about low river flow
  • Clayton County has a potable reuse program. #whoknew
  • Working on how public water supply effects low river flow
  • The Upper Flint River Basin has major issues with river flow because of rapid development which draws from the basin
  • The Altahama Riverkeeper protects the Upper Flint River basin
  • Altamaha Riverkeeper is now up
  • ? What are the most significant changes with the legislator. A: newspapers and media coverage is horrible.
  • Legislation not passed but still live that allow polluters to sue the non-polluter neighbor.
  • The legislation to try to get 1 square mile of Tennessee has made #GA the laughing stock of Tennessee
  • This causes a conflict of interest since DNR is also regulatory. The legislation passed.
  • Former DNR Chief Chris Clark now with Georgia Chamber got legislation passed that allowed for DNR members to serve on DNR Foundation board.
  • Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver introduced a bill to manage liquid coal ash. State Leadership did not allow it to come to the floor.
  • Getting a legislative update now.
  • It is no longer safe to swim in the Coosa River and you can't eat the fish either
  • The Coosa starts in Rome, Georgia and end right above Montgomery, AL
  • Overview of the Coosa River
  • When googling beaver make sure you use the term north american beavers >> audience erupts with laughter
  • How do you manage beavers and co-habiting with the? Google clemson beaver habitat to get info
  • http://www.beaversww.org/ for more facts. Beavers love privet! So feed a beaver invasive species privet
  • Beavers are vegetarian! They do not eat fish which is a common myth. They actually create habitat for fish. Save the Beaver if you like fish
  • Ways to deter beaver trees removal activity. Wire mesh around trees or cover bark with sand. They don't like the grit.
  • Humans think we should just get rid of beavers. #GA DNR has defined them as a nuisance species.
  • Beaver dams are recycled green builders. Once a dam is abandoned they become habits for other animals
  • If a beaver is cornered it will stand on it's back legs and can charge
  • Beavers are fairly allusive
  • Natural Predators - bears, wolves, bobcats, Coyotes and dogs
  • Beaver's tail stores fat. It regulates it's body temperature, steers when swimming and use it as a warning mechanism by slapping on water
  • Beavers are the largest rodent in North America
  • We are going to hear about beavers now. Tomorrow is International Beaver Day
  • Watch for new documentary Dam Nation discusses the dam issue in the US
  • One of the reasons people work at Patagonia is so they can make money and give it away
  • We just heard an amazing list of non-profits that @Patagonia #Atl has supported. Lots of Southeast Green friends
  • We just saw an amazing video on the number of dams in US over last 100 years #scarwy
  • A lot of the work that needs to be done is simply sharing the knowledge >> are you sharing the tweets? ;0)
  • Patagonia is working to assess our water each and every day
  • Everything we make and consume has a water cost
  • There are many dams no longer in use but still preventing the nature of the rivers to do their work
  • The water program was called Our Common Water.
  • The company is always reassessing products and mission to make sure we are creating the lightest footprint
  • The campaign for the last 18 months has been on water scarcity, broken water and pollution
  • Patagonia donates one percent of profits - every 18 months we pick a new project to support
  • Next up Patagoia store manager and their mission for the environment
  • Although the children are prepped for snakes, turtles and fish but didn't realize we needed to prep children for farm in particular cows!
  • Quote from youth paddler "I learned a lot of things. Most important teamwork."
  • This is really a physical burden for these kids because they have never done anything like this before
  • You can donate money to help sponsor a child on Paddle Georgia visit the website.
  • Lessons learned - Lesson number 1 taking kids on the river for the first time don't do a training ahead of time
  • Every year 12 children from under served communities go Paddle Georgia for free
  • Watching children discover something new over and over on Youth Paddle Georgia it's an amazing transformation
  • Although the term under served kids draws immediate connotations when it comes to the environment almost all children are under served
  • The Future of Paddle Georgia
  • Here for the Weekend for Rivers. Wow this is so cool! (@ Chattahoochee Nature Center) http://4sq.com/140AL5v