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Warner named as Riverkeeper headwaters office coordinator

By Pamela A. Keene
 
Meet Hannah Warner. She’s the new headwaters outreach coordinator for the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Based in the Gainesville office on Washington Street, she’s making waves in Northeast Georgia. 
 
“I’m here to make a difference,” said Warner, who comes to north Georgia by way of service with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. “And up here I know I’m not alone because there are so many like-minded people, both in the Riverkeeper organization and in this community.” 
 
She brings her enthusiasm and commitment to the headwaters office. “Hannah is energetic and motivated to help increase outreach in the headwaters region,” said Jason Ulseth, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. “We are so happy that she’s on board.” 
 
Warner graduated from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville with a degree in biology, always knowing that she wanted to work in environment-related jobs. She worked with the St. Catherine’s Island Foundation on a private island off the Georgia coast, caring for ring-tailed lemurs, gopher tortoises and other animals. She joined the Riverkeeper earlier this year after also working at Red Top Mountain State Park as an interpretive ranger.
 
This spring, she helped coordinate the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s “Wild and Scenic Film Festival” at the Brenau Downtown Center. The annual event shows nearly a dozen environmental and activism films that this year sold out.
 
On July 21, the Riverkeeper hosts its Sunset Cruise on the Chota Princess II. Reservations are required. Tickets are $30 per person, available at www.chattahoochee.org. It is limited to 40 people.  “It usually sells out but it’s a fun on-the-water experience,” she said. “Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth shares the history of Lanier and how the Riverkeeper is involved here. The scenery is beautiful and it’s a great opportunity for photos.” 
 
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Riverkeeper’s work. “We always need volunteers for our projects,” she said. “From our water monitoring to our clean-up each fall, there’s plenty to do. And we host a couple of events as well, including all-day paddle trips and overnight camping trips. Of course, for these events, reservations are required.” 
 
One-day “River Discovery Series” paddles are slated for July 14, Buford Dam to McGinnis Ferry, July 28, Jones Bridge to Island Ford, and August 11, Morgan Falls Dam to Paces Mill. These trips are dependent on the conditions of the river below the dam.
 
Upcoming camp and paddle events are scheduled for Sept. 21-23, Sautee Creek to Mossy Creek; Oct. 6, Landale Loop Paddle in the Middle Chattahoochee; Oct. 12-14, McIntosh Reserve to Franklin below Atlanta; and Nov. 3-4, Two-day Buzzard Paddle Clean-up from Plant McDonough to Highway 166 Bridge. Complete details are listed under events at www.chattahoochee.org
 
In addition to events, the Gainesville Headwaters Office also manages the Neighborhood Water Watch program, weekly monitoring of about 25 tributaries that feed into Lanier done by volunteers. The organization also tests the lake’s waters in summer, looking for algae that can indicate bacteria.
 
The Riverkeeper’s headwaters work extends from Helen/White County to Buford Dam. The organization’s headquarters are in Atlanta. It also has an office in LaGrange on West Point Lake that serves the middle Chattahoochee.
 
The headwaters office opened in 1996 to address water-quality, erosion and sedimentation.
Membership is $15 for students and seniors, $35 for individuals, $50 for dual memberships; and $100 for families.
 
For more information or to volunteer with the headquarters office of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, call 678-696-8866.

Posted online 6/29/18
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