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Georgia River Network News Stream
September, 2010


News
1.  Water Platform for the 2010 Governor’s Race
2.  Charting a New Course for Georgia’s Water Security
3.  Southern Energy Network job posting

4.  Water Trails News
5.  National Pharmaceutical Take Back Day
6.  Nominate Your River for American River’s Most Endangered List

7. Charting New Waters


Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
8.  3rd Annual “Rivers Rock!” Low Country River Jam
9.  Eco Focus Film Festival
10.  FLOW 2011
11.  Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Annual Patron’s Dinner
12.  National Paddlesports Conference & Annual Membership Meeting
13.  North Georgia College and State University River Rendezvous
14.  Trust for Public Land Paddling Celebration
15.  Georgia Center for Nonprofits Social Media Workshop
16.  GCN Nonprofit Management Certificate Program
17.  EcoLife

Resources
18.  How much to Pay the Executive Director Strategic Communications
19.  Strategic Communications

Fundraising Deadlines
20.  Grants

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1.    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 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!
•    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.


2.    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 – sometimes from older, dirtier and less efficient power plants, while water utilities increasingly rely on secondary water supplies that are often delivered at a far greater energy and pollution 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 of 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.


3.    Southern Energy Network Job Posting
The Southern Energy Network is seeking a part-time coordinator to support the planning and organizing of the 6th Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference to be held at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia October 1-3. Click here for more information: http://www.garivers.org/resources/jobSSREC.pdf

4.    Water Trails News
Are you interested in Water Trails in Your community? Find out what’s new in the wonderful world of Water Trails! Click here for more information.

5.    National Pharmaceutical Take Back Day, 9/25
Here is an opportunity for you to properly dispose of pharmaceuticals and keep them out of our waterways. On September 25, DEA will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets and keep them out of our water systems. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at sites established throughout the country. Click here for details and to find locations near you: www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/takeback

6.    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, go to: www.americanrivers.org/our-work/protecting-rivers/endangered-rivers
 
The new nomination form is available electronically (https://acrobat.com/#d=mAoze8TKlGNbRzxiWCwW0g). Nominations will be due on November 15, 2010.  The report will be released on May 17, 2011.

 

7. Charting New Waters
Charting New Waters: A Call to Action to Address U.S. Freshwater
Challenges," is the culmination of an intensive two-year collaboration
exploring solutions to U.S. freshwater challenges. The Call to
Action identifies serious challenges to the quality and supply of
freshwater, such as pollution and scarcity; competing urban, rural and
ecosystem water needs; climate change; environmental and public health
impacts; and a variety of economic implications. The document also offers
actions to confront these threats and a plan to ensure that our freshwater
resources are secure for the 21stcentury.

For additional information about the commitments made by organizations and
the complete Call to Action, please visit
http://www.johnsonfdn.org/ChartingNewWaters.

More information about the Johnson Foundation Freshwater Forum is online
at www.johnsonfdn.org



8.    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.

9.    Eco Focus Film Festival
September 24-October 3rd, 2010 EcoFocus Film Festival is a celebration of environmental films in Athens, Georgia. Our mission is to screen a diversity of high-quality films that promote discussion and inspire audiences into awareness and action on behalf of the environment. For more information, visit www.ecofocusfilmfest.org

10.    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 www.instreamflowcouncil.org/flow2008/index.htm.

11.    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 the river 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 www.chattahoochee.org/patron-appreciation-dinner.php.

12.    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.


13.    North Georgia College and State University River Rendezvous
The NGCSU River Rendezvous has been scheduled for Sunday, October 3, at 12:30 p.m.  This event has been highly successful in the past at getting citizens engaged in water quality monitoring, and has generated quite a bit of snapshot-type water quality data from Lumpkin County streams.  If interested, contact Nancy Dalman at nadalman@northgeorgia.edu.


14.    Trust for Public Land Paddling Celebration
Save the Date: Trust for Public Land has conserved two critical paddling locations in the headwaters area of the Chattahoochee River.  September 30th  at Wildwood Outfitters  in White County, GA located off Hwy 384 (Duncan Bridge Road), at the Chattahoochee River Bridge. For more information or to volunteer, contact eawyche@thewychegroup.com.


15.    Georgia Center for Nonprofits Social Media Workshop
October 1, 2010 at 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Georgia Center for Nonprofits. Social networking tools can enable an organization to increase its strategic leverage to accomplish a wide variety of tasks including:
•    Launching a new product, program or service
•    Mentoring and learning
•    Increasing the reach and scope of fundraising
•    Going green (paperless administration, or reducing travel costs)
•    Connecting volunteers
Cost $150.  Click here for more info. 

16.     Georgia Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certificate Program
Nonprofit University has developed a comprehensive new program – the Nonprofit Organization Management Certificate - to address the growing need for highly skilled nonprofit professionals. This 8-month program is packed with practical applications and tools. In addition, the program will give the skills and strategies needed to become an integral part of one of America’s fastest growing service sectors.  You will have access to some of the key personnel at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits as well as other industry veterans who are recognized for their nonprofit expertise.  Program begins September 30. Click here to register.


17.    EcoLife
Two full days of family fun and entertainment for people of all ages.  Come grow with our community; live healthier and sustainable lives with less impact on the planet. September 25th and 26th, 10AM to 6PM, Atlantic Station, Atlanta, GA. 100+ Exhibitors , FREE admission.

18.    How Much to Pay the Executive Director
http://www.blueavocado.org/content/how-much-pay-executive-director

19.  Strategic Communications
A great how-to: http://www.agoodmanonline.com/pdf/free_range_2010_09.pdf

20.    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: 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 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 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 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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