Storm Water Systems President Gary Hopkins and his wife, Jan are excited to join Georgia River Network on their journey across Georgia for the 2012 Paddle Georgia event. On Saturday, Gary and Jan will join 350 other paddlers from all over the nation as they embark on part of the 105-mile journey throughout Southeast Georgia to explore the Altamaha River. This marks the eighth annual Paddle Georgia trip sponsored by Georgia River Network.

With his deep rooted love for water, Gary is excited to have an opportunity to paddle, but for him it is much more than just a weekend getaway. Instead, it’s a way to raise awareness for his beloved waterways, specifically the Altamaha River.

As a member of the Board of Directors for Georgia River Network, Gary is proud to associate himself with such a great organization. Georgia River Network’s mission is to raise awareness about the threats facing the state’s waterways and “provide the necessary means to advocate for the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of our waters.”

Paddle Georgia is just one of the many ways Georgia River Network does this. Since Paddle Georgia began in 2005, the event has raised over $120,000 for river protection and more than 2,100 people have been able to paddle Georgia rivers for over 700 miles. Paddlers have been able to travel down the Chattahoochee, Etowah, Ocmulgee, Flint, Coosawatee, Oostanaula, Broad, Savannah and Oconee.

Watch the video below to learn more about Paddle Georgia!

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