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Georgia River Network News Stream
August, 2010


News
1.  GRN Seeking Fall Development Intern
2.  Water Platform for the 2010 Governor’s Race
3.  Charting a New Course for Georgia’s Water Security
4.  Rain Barrel Drive
5.  River Network’s Water-Energy Toolkit
6.  Speak Out on Water Quality Standards!
7.  Vote to Support UCR's Neighborhood Water Watch Program in Tom's of Maine Campaign
8.  Conserve Georgia Awards—Call for Entries

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
9.  Shoals of Time: Celebrating 237 Years of History on the Ogeechee
10.  Upper Coosa Water Trails Workshop
11.  CRBI River Revelry
12. 
Savannah Riverkeeper’s 4th Annual Paddlefest
13.  3rd Annual “Rivers Rock!” Low Country River Jam
14.  Water Matters in Tift County
15.  Broad River Watershed Association 2010 Annual Meeting
16.  Tapping into Solutions: The Future of Water
17.  FLOW 2011
18.  UGA Fall 2010 Nonprofit Board Seminars
19.  UCR’s Annual Patron’s Dinner

Resources
20.  Is Your Small Nonprofit Alive?
21.  Five Internal Controls for the Very Small Nonprofit

Fundraising Deadlines
22.  Grants

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1. GRN seeking Fall Development Intern
We are seeking an intern starting sometime in August or September to work with Doug Barnes, our Development Director.  Click here for the job description: http://www.garivers.org/pdf_files/posting/job%20descriptionintern-Development%202010.pdf

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 this link: http://www.garivers.org/gawater/2010%20Elections.htm

The platform urges candidates to:
•    Regulate the transfer of water from one river basin to another and require strict limits on new interbasin transfers to protect all Georgia communities and prevent harm to our rivers and the wildlife that depend on them.
•    Ensure all Georgians have access to clean, reliable drinking water by implementing water conservation measures promptly, maximizing use of existing reservoirs, and engaging in transparent negotiations with neighboring states prior to pursuing new water supply sources that threaten the health of our waters.
•    Forbid rollbacks to environmental regulations that protect our water, air, forests, and land.
•    Make impartial appointments to the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and the Board of Natural Resources, including professionals in the earth sciences and leaders of conservation and environmental organizations.
•    Allocate fees that are collected to fund conservation and environmental programs only for those purposes and not distribute them elsewhere in Georgia’s budget.

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 all of us take these issues to the candidates running for governor.  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’s website.
•    Include an article about the Water Platform in your next newsletter or update. For a sample article email 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!
•    Email Jennette Gayer if you would like to host a bird dogging/activism training for your members—this can be a fun, non-partisan way to get your membership involved in making sure our next governor is a green governor.

3. Charting a New Course for Georgia’s Water Security
Thursday, July 15, Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Coosa River Basin Initiative, and Flint Riverkeeper issued a call to action to the state’s gubernatorial candidates and other leaders, insisting on a change of course in resolving the Tri-State Water War and providing for metro Atlanta’s water supply. Together they issued a three-point plan for resolving the Tri-State Water War without sacrificing Georgia's rivers or the communities that depend upon them. The plan, entitled Charting a New Course for Georgia’s Water Security, has been endorsed by all of Georgia's Riverkeepers and can be found here: http://www.chattahoochee.org/charting-a-new-course.php.

4. Rain Barrel Drive
The Rain Barrel Company is offering river groups the opportunity to get more rain barrels in their community by working with you to hold a rain barrel sale. The advantages of the rain barrels offered are their cost ($99), their aesthetic appeal, and ease of installation – everything the homeowner needs to install the rain barrel and hook it up to a downspout is included in an easy 5 minute assembly. The Rain Barrel Company takes care of getting all the barrels, brings them to the site for the sale, all your group needs to do is publicize the sale and get your members and community out to the sale to purchase the rain barrels. Also, besides the advantage of getting more rain barrels in your community, $5 from the sale of each barrel will go to the sponsoring organization. For more information contact Gene Kelley at 770-480-3650.

5.  River Network’s Water-Energy Toolkit
As Americans scramble to stay cool during the record-breaking temperatures that have blanketed the country this summer, it is important to keep in mind that the hotter weather also means higher water and energy use.

To meet summer "peak" water and energy demand most communities are forced to produce more electricity from their oldest, dirtiest and least efficient power plants, while water utilities increasingly rely on secondary water supplies that are often delivered at a far greater energy and carbon cost. This creates a vicious cycle where more energy intensive water supplies are powered by dirtier electricity which requires more water for cooling, further limiting the availability local, low energy water supplies.

One way to break this cycle is to educate the public on the many benefits of water efficiency and soft path approaches to water management. To help aid this effort, River Network has just released a Water-Energy Toolkit, a guide to 11 tools and calculators that can help people better understand the energy and carbon emissions embedded in their water.

To download the toolkit and begin using River Network's 'simple' calculators, or the assortment of tools they've gathered from other organizations, click HERE.

6. Speak Out on Water Quality Standards!
U.S. EPA announced they will initiate a national rulemaking on targeted changes to the national water quality standards regulations, with a draft rule planned for summer 2011.  As part of launching this effort, EPA announced two “listening sessions” – August 24 and 26 – which watershed leaders should consider attending. These are call-in sessions so no travel is required, just your time and patience on the phone. Pre-registration is NOT required, but will help EPA plan for enough phone lines. You can pre-register here: http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/standards/rules/wqs/listening.html

 To learn more visit: http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/standards/rules/wqs/

7. Vote to Support UCR's Neighborhood Water Watch Program in Tom's of Maine Campaign
UCR is one of 41 nationwide finalists in the Tom's of Maine “50 States for Good” contest, a national initiative to support the goodness behind grassroots community projects. Five organizations will share in a $100,000 sponsorship fund. If UCR wins, their $20,000 will go to the Neighborhood Water Watch program, specifically to test water quality in order to identify problems and stop pollution in inner-city Atlanta neighborhood streams.

To vote, visit http://www.tomsofmaine.com/community-involvement/living-well/finalists-overview/poll. Scroll to find Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's name, and cast your vote.

8. Conserve Georgia Award—Call for Entries
The Conserve Georgia Awards are open to any resident, business, education (schools, groups, or educators), institution, nonprofit and government entity, and recognize outstanding achievements in the conservation of energy, land, water, the improvement of air quality, and promotion of recycling and waste reduction.  To be eligible for an award, achievements must have been made in the last 12 months in Georgia, clearly define the motivation for the project or program, and submit the application in the proper format by August 30, 2010.  

For more information on Conserve Georgia, or to nominate a program or project, visit www.ConserveGeorgia.org.

9. Shoals of Time: Celebrating 237 Years of History on the Ogeechee
Come experience a privately owned, historic, working mill and farm that has been in operation since 1847.  Spend the day meeting the authors of the new books Bartram’s Living Legacy: the Travels and the Nature of the South and The Flower Seeker; tour the historic Ogeechee River Mill, canoe and kayak on the Ogeechee River, enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds and camp overnight if you would like.  

Hosted by Georgia River Network and Ogeechee Riverkeeper
Home of Missy Garner, Ogeechee River Mill
Saturday, September 11, 2010
12:00 – 4:00 pm
Event Details:
•    Picnic: Bring your own picnic lunch.  You might want to bring picnic blankets, chairs etc.
•    Book Signing and Meet the Authors:  Authors of the books, Bartram’s Living Legacy: the Travels and Nature of the South and The Flower Seeker will be on hand to sign the books.  Authors and contributors include: Dorinda Dallmeyer, Phil Williams, Janisse Ray, Roger Pinckney, John Lane, Thomas Rain Crowe, Gerald Thurmond, Philip Juras, Dixon Bynum, Doug Davis, Thomas Hallock, Whit Gibbons
•    Canoeing and Kayaking:  Bring your own kayak or canoe to paddle around the river near the mill.  This will not be a guided trip and paddling will be at your own risk. The current is very slow (if there has been no heavy rain) and you can paddle as much as 1-2 miles upstream from the mill pretty easily.  
•    Tour of the historic Ogeechee River Mill:  Experience a guided tour of the mill.  Ogeechee River Mill cornmeal & hushpuppy mix will be available for sale.
•    Camping under the stars (bring your own tents, food, overnight camping supplies etc.).  Camping is available across the river from the mill.  There is a portable toilet and drinking water available.  There are no showers.
•    Gathering at the fire pit for marshmallow roast
•    Sponsored by: Sierra Nevada Beer Brewing Co. - Complimentary Beer Provided
•    Cost:  $15 per person, kids 12 and under free
•    Event registration includes 1 year membership to Georgia River Network and Ogeechee Riverkeeper
•    Books for Sale:  Bartram’s Living Legacy: the Travels and the Nature of the South can be purchased onsite for $44 (hardback) & $22 (softback)The Flower Seeker can be purchased onsite for$80 Special Edition, $44 (hardback) $20 (softback)

RSVP by September 3, 2010 at www.garivers.org
For more information visit: www.bartramproject.com

10. Upper Coosa Water Trails Workshop—everyone invited!
Join GRN and the Upper Etowah River Alliance for a Water Trails workshop on September 17th, 2010 in the main courtroom of the old courthouse in Canton, GA from 9 AM to Noon.  Lunch will be provided between Noon and 1 PM thanks to sponsorship by Oglethorpe Power.


A variety of speakers will discuss:
•    What is a Water Trail?
Charlotte Gillis of the National Park Service will discuss what water trails are, give a brief overview of what’s going on in Georgia, and discuss what it takes to plan a water trail.
•    Site selection
Experienced representatives from Upper Coosa watershed groups will talk about how to select a site and what you need to do when you’re seeking permission to install a canoe launch on public or private property.
•    Permitting
Keith Parsons of the EPD will discuss which permits you need to get when installing a canoe launch and how to get them.
•    Launch Design and Construction
Don Wells of Georgia Mountain Stewards will talk about his experience designing and building canoe launches.

Everyone is welcome to this workshop and if you’re considering heading up a water trail on your local river, we encourage you to bring along members of your local county government, Chamber of Commerce, tourism board, DNR office, etc. who you’d like to get excited about water trails in your area.  

To register, email Jesslyn Shields at jesslyn@garivers.org no later than September 10th.  Include your name, address, email, phone and river of interest. There is no fee for this workshop.

To sign up for GRN’s Water Trails newsletter, visit http://www.garivers.org/garivers/watertrails.html

11. CRBI River Revelry
You are invited to Northwest Georgia's best end-of-summer party--CRBI's River Revelry--A Biodiversity Bash set for Saturday, Aug. 21, from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Rome's Heritage Park at the confluence of the Etowah and Oostanaula rivers. Tickets are $40 or $35 if you buy two or more. For more information about River Revelry and CRBI, visit www.coosa.org.

12. Savannah Riverkeeper’s 4th Annual Paddlefest
The 4th Annual Paddlefest is right around the corner!  Don't miss out on Augusta's only canoe, kayak and homemade raft race.  And brand new for this year's race: the addition of the stand-up paddle board category.  The canoe/kayak race will begin at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion, while the homemade raft race will start from the North Augusta Boat Landing.  Both races will end downtown at the Boathouse - which will be followed by lunch and an awards ceremony.  For more information, visit http://www.savannahriverkeeper.org/paddlefest.shtml

13. 3rd Annual “Rivers Rock!” Low Country River Jam
Altamaha Riverkeeper and Ogeechee Riverkeeper invite you to the 3rd Annual “Rivers Rock!” Low Country River Jam on October 7, 2010 at Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah.  This exciting event features the used, abused, and rhinestone-infused band, Junkyard Angel, special beer crafted just for the occasion by Moon River brewery, and delicious munchies. Tickets $35 see www.riversrock.org for details.

14. Water Matters in Tift County
For folks in Tift, Turner, Ben Hill, Colquitt, Irwin, Worth, Berrien and Cook Counties: Find out why water issues matter in South Georgia and what you can do. Learn about the science and politics of water in the area, as well as efforts to conserve clean water at work and home.  Saturday, August 21, 2010 from 9am - 3pm at NESPAL, UGA Tifton, 2356 Rainwater Road, Tifton, GA. Free and open to the public. Co-hosted by the Steering Committee for WATER MATTERS & Flint Riverkeeper.

15. Broad River Watershed Association 2010 Annual Meeting
The public is invited to attend the 2010 annual meeting of the Broad River Watershed Association at 9:30 AM on Saturday, August 28 at the Group Shelter of Watson’s Mill Bridge State Park near Carlton in Madison County, Georgia. The program will be a talk by GRN’s Dana Skelton about GRN’s state wide Water Trails Program, which promotes river recreation and water trails as a gateway for conservation and protection of Georgia’s rivers. For more information, call Victor Johnson at 706-795-2184 or see www.brwa.org.

16. Tapping into Solutions: The Future of Water
This conference brings together a diverse group of leaders from industry, government, not-for-profit organizations (Foundations and Non-Government Organizations), and academia who will explore water’s complex role in society. Each sector seeks solutions, often independently, to improve water quality and ensure water availability for competing uses.  The conference aims to create a dialogue between leaders in these sectors and explore their future technical and leadership needs through plenaries, panels, field trips and round-tables.   By bringing together a diverse group of engineers, lawyers, social scientists, and planners from each of these sectors we will work together to forge solutions.  
•    Key Note Speaker: Sandra Postel, Director of the Global Water Policy Project
•    Special Guests: Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Mayor of Milwaukee Tom Barrett and President of Badger Meter, Rich Meeussen
•    Over 40 speakers from around the country to engage you in conversations and next steps on a diverse set of issues ranging from Sustainable Water in a Changing Climate, the Water Energy Nexus, Water and Ecosystem Services, and Water as a Human Right.  For more information, visit http://www.elpnet.org/events/water
 
17. 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 at http://www.instreamflowcouncil.org/flow2008/index.htm.

18. UGA Fall 2010 Nonprofit Board Seminars
The seminars are held from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in Room 137 of the Tate Center on the UGA campus and this year will cover the following topics: Responsibilities of Board Members and Boards; Strategic Planning; Working with Volunteers: Recruitment, Motivation, Retention.  Boards may send up to four members at one time. Each person must register; and they won’t "hold" seats for your organization.  There is no fee for the seminar; however, participants will be responsible for their own parking, lunch and breaks. Several convenient cafeterias/snackbars are located in the Tate Center or you may bring your own lunch and snacks. At the conclusion of the seminar, you will be presented with a Certificate (if you attend all sessions) and Door prizes will be available as the day concludes. REGISTER ONLINE:
http://www.terry.uga.edu/management/non_profit/information/register.php

Registration is now open for the September seminar.  You may also leave a message with the Nonprofit Office at 706-542-3750 after August 16 or send an email to nonprofit@terry.uga.edu.  Check the webpage for the information needed from each registrant.

19. UCR’s annual Patron’s Dinner
Join the board and staff of Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper for the 16th Annual Patron Appreciation Dinner on Friday, September 24, 2010,  at the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta. This dinner is a celebration of theriver and special honorees, as well as the 16 years of dedicated service that UCR has provided for millions of people and wildlife who depend on the Chattahoochee. For more information, visit http://www.chattahoochee.org/patron-appreciation-dinner.php.

20. Is Your Small Nonprofit Alive?
I guess it’s important to know! To find out: http://www.blueavocado.org/content/proof-life-your-small-nonprofit-alive

21. Five Internal Controls for the Very Small Nonprofit
We’re focusing on the little guys this month: http://www.blueavocado.org/content/five-internal-controls-very-small-nonprofit

22. 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 http://www.meadwestvaco.com/index.htm.
•    Norcross Wildlife Foundation provides funding for equipment and publications. Grants range from $1,000 - $5,000. Visit http://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 http://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. Click HERE for more information.
•    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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