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  September 2010
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In This Issue
Georgia River Network News Stream
October, 2010


News
1.    Georgia Water Coalition Commercial Raises Water Issues with Georgia Voters
2.    Water Platform for the 2010 Governor’s Race
3.    New Report - Green Reserve: Funding Green Infrastructure Solutions
4.    Coastal Blueway Draft Plan is Unveiled   
5.    Nominate Your River for American River’s Most Endangered List

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
6.    Save the Date! Georgia River Network Conference 2011
7.    Paddle Georgia 2011
8.    October is Rivers Alive Cleanup Month
9.    No Child Left Inside Statewide Summit on Children and the Outdoors
10.    Nonprofit Career Conference
11.    Soque River Ramble
12.    Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's 2010 Member Celebration
13.    National Paddlesports Conference & Annual Membership Meeting
14.    Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge
15.    FLOW 2011

Resources
16.    GRN’s Water Trails Workshop Run-down
17.    The psychology of membership
18.    Should your organization have an advisory board?

Fundraising Deadlines
19.    Grants

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1.    Georgia Water Coalition Commercial Raises Water Issues with Georgia Voters
This week the Georgia Water Coalition launched television commercials aimed at educating Georgia voters about an important issue facing Georgia: water. The commercial calls attention to water waste in metro Atlanta and calls on voters to ask gubernatorial candidates how clean water can be assured for all Georgians. The commercial is being broadcast on television in southwest Georgia over the next week and over the internet by GWC Partners.

Click HERE to see the commercial. Read the news release announcing the commercial.

2.    Water Platform for the 2010 Governor’s Race
The Georgia Water Platform asks gubernatorial candidates to address five critical water issues as they seek election in November. You can view and download the platform by clicking HERE.

The Georgia Water Coalition is working to keep water a top issue on the campaign trail and to impress upon candidates for governor the depth and breadth of the Georgia Water Coalition’s membership. This can only happen if we all take these issues to the candidates.  Please take a minute to:
•    Post the Water Platform on your group's website—text and pdf versions of the platform are available on the GWC website.
•    Include an article about the Water Platform in your next newsletter or update. For a sample article email Jennette Gayer at Jennette@environmentgeorgia.org
•    Print out copies of the platform and take them with you to your next meeting or an event where candidates will be showing up—distribute widely, especially to candidates!

3.    New Report - Green Reserve: Funding Green Infrastructure Solutions
American Rivers' new report evaluates the groundbreaking water infrastructure investment in green infrastructure pioneered under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) that provided $1.2 billion for green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency, and environmental innovation.

The report highlights how states are using their allotment of federal dollars. Nearly 30 percent of state water infrastructure dollars went to green strategies—well over and above what was mandated by the Act. The report highlights innovative examples of how communities have used these funds and makes recommendations for how these funds should be used and improved in the future to ensure clean and reliable water.
Click HERE to download the report.

4.    Coastal Blueway Draft Plan is Unveiled   
The Coastal Regional Commission (CRC) has made public the draft plan for the saltwater paddling trail that will traverse the entire coast of Georgia. This draft plan will ultimately be turned into a guide for paddlers.  The CRC has held several meetings to discuss the route and has sought input from local residents and paddlers. To see the draft plan click HERE.

5.    Nominate Your River for American River’s Most Endangered List
It is time to nominate rivers to American Rivers’ 2011 America’s Most Endangered RiversTM report!  If you didn’t get to see the 2010 report, click HERE.

The new nomination form is available HERE. Nominations are due November 15, 2010.  The report will be released on May 17, 2011.

6.    Save the Date! Georgia River Network Annual Conference 2011
Georgia River Network has scheduled our Annual Conference for February 25-26 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia. Sign up for more information about the conference HERE.

7.    Paddle Georgia 2011
Paddle Georgia 2011 is scheduled for June 18-24 on the Oconee River from Athens to Dublin.

From Joe Cook's Blog on Scouting the Oconee: It is Sept. 19, and along with April Ingle, Ben Emanuel and others, I’ve now paddled some 30 miles of the Oconee River in preparation for Paddle Georgia 2011. Late afternoon sun lights the Oconee River near Scull Shoals. To clarify, this is the Oco-KNEE of middle Georgia, not the Oco-EEE of Southeastern Tennessee. The Oco-EEE is famed for Class IV rapids and even has an Olympic venue built upon it–the legacy of the 1996 games. The Oco-EEE hosts tens of thousands of thrillseekers each year on its challenging whitewater. A blossoming canoe/kayak rental business catering to Athens’ college populace notwithstanding, the Oco-KNEE seems a forgotten river. It is small, quiet and lightly used. Read more of this blog post HERE.

8.    October is Rivers Alive Cleanup Month
Participate in a clean up in your area! This is a great way to get people involved and interested in what is happening in their own backyard. Click HERE to find out more.

9.    No Child Left Inside Statewide Summit on Children and the Outdoors
The Georgia No Child Left Inside Coalition (GA NCLI) is pleased to hold its first-ever Summit on Children and the Outdoors! Saturday, October 23, 2010 at the Georgia Wildlife Federation Alcovy Conservation Center from 9:30 am – 3:45 pm.

Studies document that children who engage in outdoor activities are healthier, perform better in school, have better social skills and self-image, and lead more fulfilled lives. The purpose of the GA NCLI Summit on Children and the Outdoors is to provide an opportunity for decision makers, community leaders, educators, and parents to better understand and discuss the connections between youth detachment from the outdoors, lack of physical exercise and increased health risks. In addition, the Summit will offer stakeholders a chance to develop specific recommendations for policy and program initiatives that can be implemented in Georgia. A Special day of outdoor activities is planned for youth participants.
Registration: $10 for Adults; Free for Youth Ages 7-12
Register and download Summit Agenda at: http://Online.nwf.org/GeorgiaSummit. For more information regarding the Summit, please e-mail: georgiancli@gmail.com.

10.    Nonprofit Career Conference
This full day program is dedicated to improving career development strategies and job-seeking skills. Attendees will learn how to become more competitive in the nonprofit job marketplace: October 26, 2010 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the Loudermilk Conference Center, Atlanta, GA. Click HERE for more information.

11.    Soque River Ramble
The 4th Annual Soque River Ramble 6K Run & Walk is a fundraiser for the Batesville Community Association and the Soque River Watershed Association. The route follows the upper branches of North Georgia's Soque River, one of the premier trout streams in the Southeast. October 23, 2010 in Batesville, GA, for more information visit www.soqueriverramble.com

12.    Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's 2010 Member Celebration
Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's 2010 Member Celebration will be held Sunday, November 7 at SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta. Make plans to join the event from 2pm to 5pm and learn about UCR's campaigns and accomplishments, all while enjoying complimentary beverages from SweetWater Brewing Company. Each year this event is free for UCR members, and if your membership is not current you can join or renew at a discounted rate. Click HERE to Register.

13.    National Paddlesports Conference & Annual Membership Meeting
The event will take place in Asheville, NC November 5-7, 2010.  This is the premier American Canoe Association event of the year, from educational sessions, club events, the Reel Paddling Film Festival, instructor updates, and a range of on-water paddling opportunities, including the French Broad River by the Biltmore House. Don’t be left out. Beat the registration deadline, sign up today. Click HERE for more information.

14.    Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge
The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge will be awarded in June 2011 to encourage innovative ideas that improve access to safe and sustainable water supply for communities where it is presently at risk. There will be a $50,000 prize for the first place entry and a $25,000 prize for the second place entry. Visit the website for more information.

15.    FLOW 2011 – Instream Flow Valuation in Public Decision-Making
May 2-4, 2011 - Nashville, TN
Back by popular demand, the Instream Flow Council, in partnership with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, is planning FLOW 2011 for May 2-4, 2011, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mark your calendars, and plan to be a part of advancing the integration of water management science, policy, and public dialogue. Send an e-mail to FLOW2011@instreamflowcouncil.org if you want to receive more conference info as it becomes available.  For those that did not attend FLOW 2008 in Texas, information on that conference is HERE.

16.    GRN’s Water Trails Workshop Run-down
On September 17th, GRN hosted a water trails workshop in Canton.  The workshop was a success with approximately 50 attendees from a variety of backgrounds.  A big thank you goes out to the sponsor Oglethorpe Power.  Speakers included Charlotte Gillis from the National Park Service, who introduced water trails in Georgia, attorney Dan MacIntyre, who presented information concerning private property easements, and river navigability laws, Keith Parsons from Georgia EPD, who spoke about permitting for boat launches, Don Wells who spoke about launch design, and Dave Teffeteller from the Coosawattee Watershed Alliance who talked about partnering with county governments.  The information presented at this workshop can be found HERE.

17.    The Psychology of Membership
Get new members, gauranteed!

18.    What’s the Purpose of an Advisory Board?
Do you need one?

19.    Fundraising Deadlines
 The following foundations are either new to our list of grants or have upcoming deadlines to submit proposals. To view grant makers that give throughout the year, visit our website at http://www.garivers.org/resources/tools/grants.html.

•    AEC Trust Technical Grants are made to charitable organizations seeking technical assistance. Visit https://online.foundationsource.com/public/home/aec. Deadlines: April 1 and September 1.
•    AGL Resources support environmental stewardship projects such as clean air, conservation, & green space. Unsolicited grants are welcome but are rarely approved. Deadline: Quarterly. Visit http://www.aglresources.com/community/guidelines.aspx.
•    Ben and Jerry's Foundation provides grants ranging from $1,000 - $15,000 for grassroots organizing that leads to environmental change and addresses the root causes of environmental problems. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time and are reviewed three times a year. Click here for more information: http://www.benjerry.com/foundation/.
•    The mission of the Educational Foundation of America is to improve individual lives and their surroundings through education and awareness, in hopes of bettering humanity and the world we inhabit. The Foundation’s areas of interest include the environment, reproductive freedom, theatre, drug policy reform, democracy, peace and national security issues, education, medicine, and human services. Letters of inquiry may be submitted by email at any time. Visit http://www.efaw.org.
•    Environmental Protection Agency: Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program EPA annually awards grants and cooperative agreements under the Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Program to support pollution prevention/source reduction and/or resource conservation projects that reduce or eliminate pollution at the source. The grant program does not support projects that rely on reducing pollution by using recycling, treatment, disposal or energy recovery activities. This solicitation announces that EPA’s Regional Pollution Prevention (P2) Program Offices anticipate having up to $130,000, per region, to issue SRA awards in FY 2010. EPA will issue the awards in the form of grants and/or cooperative agreements. All funding will be awarded and managed by the EPA Regional P2 Program Offices. All of the forgoing estimates are subject to the availability of Congressional appropriations. Visit http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=50765
•    The Home Depot Foundation makes grants to 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charities for several purposes including community cleanup. Grants typically range from $10,000 to $50,000. Preference is given to proposals that encourage volunteerism and community engagement that result in the restoration or conservation of community and wildland forests for a healthier environment that address one or both of the following: restore urban or rural forests for environmental and economic benefit using community volunteers in planting and maintenance efforts, promote sustainable forestry management to ensure responsible harvesting and use of wood resources. Proposals are accepted throughout the year, and grants are awarded four times a year. Visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
•    The Impact Fund awards grants to non-profit legal firms, private attorneys and/or small law firms who seek to advance social justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice and/or poverty law. They seek to provide funding for public interest litigation that will potentially benefit a large number of people, lead to significant law reform, or raise public consciousness. The Impact Fund has awarded over $4 million in general and donor-advised grants, since its inception. The Impact Funds awards grants four times per year, with the average grant size being $10,000 - $15,000. The maximum grant amount awarded to any single applicant per year is $25,000. Pre-applications reviewed 4 times a year. Visit http://www.impactfund.org/pages/grants/grants.htm.
•    Ittleson Foundation supports innovative pilot, model and demonstration projects that will help move individuals, communities, and organizations from environmental awareness to environmental activism by changing attitudes and behaviors. Initial letters of inquiry due by April 1st or September 1st. Visit http://www.ittlesonfoundation.org/enviro.html.
•    Mead Westvaco Foundation's primary focus is to enhance the quality of life in communities where MeadWestvaco has major operations and where MeadWestvaco employees and their families live and work. This includes providing direct grant support and encouraging active management and employee leadership involvement and volunteerism. Priorities for contributions in small and/or rural communities, where there are fewer sources of contributions, often address a broad range of needs. Support for urban communities is generally more targeted. Additionally, the Foundation seeks to provide leadership for advancing research, education and public dialogue on public policy issues of special interest, such as the economy, regulation and environmental stewardship. Proposals for grants are accepted throughout the year. Grants range from $250 to $10,000. Visit www.meadwestvaco.com/index.htm.
•    Norcross Wildlife Foundation provides funding for equipment and publications. Grants range from $1,000 - $5,000. Visit www.norcrossws.org
•    The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation promotes a sustainable and just social and natural system by supporting grassroots organizations and movements committed to this goal. The Foundation provides support to organizations nationwide in the following funding categories: Protecting the Health and Environment of Communities Threatened by Toxics; Advancing Environmental Justice; Promoting a Sustainable Agricultural and Food System; and Ensuring Quality Reproductive Health Care as a Human Right. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit www.noyes.org/.
•    Open Rivers Initiative
Closing Date: November 17, 2010
Description: The NOAA Open Rivers Initiative (ORI) provides funding and technical assistance to catalyze the implementation of locally-driven projects to remove dams and other river barriers, in order to benefit living marine and coastal resources, particularly diadromous fish. Projects funded through the Open Rivers Initiative must feature strong on-the-ground habitat restoration components that foster economic, educational, and social benefits for citizens and their communities in addition to long-term ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources. Proposals selected for funding through this solicitation will be implemented through a cooperative agreement. Funding of up to $6,000,000 is expected to be available for ORI Project Grants in FY 2011. The NOAA Restoration Center within the Office of Habitat Conservation will administer this grant initiative, and anticipates that typical awards will range from $200,000 to $750,000. Although a select few may fall outside of this range, project proposals requesting less than $100,000 or greater than $3,000,000 will not be accepted or reviewed. For more information, click HERE.
•    Techsoup - Discounted Computer Software
Click on this website to purchase computer software at great prices. Must be 501c3. www.techsoup.org.

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