2009 – 9th Annual GRN Conference

28 01 2009

Maximize Your Impact, Protect Your River
Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21, 2009
The Classic Center in Athens, GA

The conference will feature:

  • Keynote Speakers
    Saving Water, Saving Money – Mary Ann Dickinson, Alliance for Water Efficiency
    Communication About Water Issues in America – Ezra Milchman, River Network (national), President & CEO

    An Update on Georgia’s Statewide Water Plan and Current State Legislative and Policy Issues – Neill Herring, Sierra Club; Jill Johnson of Georgia Conservation Voters; Shana Udvardy, Georgia Conservancy
    Overview of the Altamaha Basin – Ben Emanuel, Georgia River Survey

  • Three informative tracks on Saturday:
    Water Efficiency:
    The Solution to Georgia’s Water Supply Problems – Featuring presentations on how Georgia can embrace water efficiency and address our water supply problems.
    Success Stories for Georgia’s Watersheds– Featuring presentations on projects to prevent pollution in our rivers and building our strength for bigger impact.
    Working In Your Watershed – Featuring presentations on monitoring pollution and the health of our rivers.
    Track chaired by Georgia Adopt-A-Stream
  • Friday Workshops
    “Communication for Impact” Erick Eckl, Water Words That Work
    “Get the Dirt Out: Train the Trainer” Jason Ulseth and Juliet Cohen, Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
    Train people in your community to spot problems on local construction sites, who to call if you see a problem, and how to follow up with the authorities to make sure the problems get fixed. Field trip incuded!
  • A Friday Night Party and Auction featuring Awards, music by the Georgia Mudcats, food and drinks
  • Fifth Annual River Celebration Awards honoring Georgia’s watershed groups, volunteers and river conservationists
  • Networking opportunities
  • Exhibits
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