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 March 2011
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Georgia River Network News Stream
March 2011


News
1.    Paddle Georgia 2011—Registration Open!
2.    2011 Legislative Session Update
3.    Help Georgia Watershed Groups Win $50,000
4.    Patagonia's Voice Your Choice
5.    Dishwashers: Did you know?
6.    Rare Fish Found in Georgia River
7.    Ogeechee Riverkeeper Job opening
8.    Georgia Forestry Commission Water Quality Coordinator Position Open

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
9.    Adopt-A-Stream Confluence 2011
10.    National River Rally Registration Open
11.    Fix a Leak Week!
12.    Oconee River Project’s Oconee River Classic
13.    Satilla Riverkeeper’s Roastin’ on the River
14.    Certified Stormwater Professional Certification

Nonprofit Resources
15.    Strategic Planning: Failures and Alternatives
16.    Find the Right Nonprofit Board to Join
17.    Bring People up in Your Organization

Fundraising Deadlines
18.    Grants

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1.    Paddle Georgia 2011—Registration Open!
Only 50 spots remain!  Paddle Georgia 2011 - June 18-24 - Oconee River from Athens to Dublin.  Join us for the 7th Annual Paddle Georgia as our rainbow-colored flotilla of canoes, kayaks and paddlers embarks on the Oconee River from Georgia’s “Classic City” of Athens to Dublin, Georgia’s “Emerald City.” Paddle Georgia 2011 will cover some 12 miles of the Middle Oconee and 94 miles of the Oconee.  Go to the Paddle Georgia website to learn more and register. Read Joe's scouting blog to learn more about hat this year’s trip has in store.
2011 Paddle Georgia Sponsors: Hennessey Land Rover, Georgia Power, Kettle Chips, Burt’s Bees, Mohawk Foundation, Oglethorpe Power, Patagonia, REI, Café Campesino, The Outside World, StreamTechs, China Clay Producers, The Rain Barrel Depot, Wenonah Canoe and Current Designs

2.    2011 Legislative Session Update

Interbasin Transfers
So far, 4 bills have been introduced this session aiming to regulate interbasin transfers of water. Like last year, when we had unprecedented support for IBT bills in both the House and Senate, the Chairs of the House and Senate Natural Resources Committees are trying to defeat the popular bills by not bringing them up for a vote in their committees, presumably due to pressure from the metro Atlanta growth industry which is opposed to regulating IBTs.

ACTION NEEDED: Call Lynn Smith's office (404-656-7149) and ask her: "hold a vote on HB 368." Call Ross Tolleson's office (404-656-0081) and ask him: "hold a vote on SB 128."

Reservoirs
Governor Deal announced plans early in the session to create a reservoir bond package to fund the development of new water supply reservoirs. The Governor has proposed a total of $300 million in funding over 4 years, but has put only $46 million in his budget for this year. We are advocating that, if approved, funding should be available for all water supply projects, not just reservoirs, and should prioritize water conservation and efficiency. Additionally, we are advocating Georgia work with Alabama and Florida within the Tri-State negotiations to raise Lake Lanier's pool level by 2 feet - this would create over 25 billion gallons of additional water supply.

Click here to a read a recent column by April Ingle about why new reseroirs are not the answer to Georgia's water supply woes.

SB 122, passed the Senate. This bill would provide state financing and assistance for public-private water supply projects. Changes were made to improve it over earlier versions, but other provisions still need to be changed.

The Governor also issued an "Executive Order on Water Supply Program Task Force" that orders the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) to develop and implement the “Governor’s Water Supply Program” to assist local governments in developing new sources of water supply, convene a “Water Supply Program Task Force” to provide “expert guidance” in program development and ensure interagency coordination, to work w/ the Task Force to develop project financing options, and explore opportunities for public-private partnerships, and develop a project selection system that “ensures alignment of state financial support for critical, cost effective water supply projects.” You can read the order HERE. The first organizational meeting for the new program is set for March 21.

Rollbacks
HB 131, passed the House Transportation Committee, now up before the full House. This bill will weaken long-standing water quality protections by exempting Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), its subcontractors, and other state agencies and departments from fines associated with violations of clean water, erosion, and buffer regulations. GDOT also wants to be exempt from complying with state buffer requirements and erosion and sediment control measures that other private developers must abide by.

ACTION NEEDED: Ask your Representative to VOTE NO on HB 131.

SB 110, passed the Senate. This bill will allow the expansion of permitted landfills over “significant groundwater recharge areas.” The law that is being repealed has not been enforced since 1996 due to a federal court order, however the bill has raised the issue of protecting aquifer recharge areas from landfill contamination and there is growing interest in enacting some sort of protection of these resources.

ACTION NEEDED: Contact your Representative and ask them to take action to protect aquifer recharge areas from landfill contamination.

3.    Help Georgia Watershed Groups Win $50,000
MillerCoors and River Network have joined together to award $54,000 in grants to support watershed protection programs. Two of the groups selected as finalists—Savannah Riverkeeper and West Atlanta Watershed Alliance—are from Georgia! Voting will remain open from February 22, 2011 until 5:00 p.m., PST on March 20, 2011. Winners announced online March 24. Take a look at the projects and vote for a hometown team! MillerCoors and River Network have joined together to award $54,000 in grants to support watershed protection programs. We've selected six finalists. Now you get to choose the winners! Click HERE to vote.

4.    Patagonia's Voice Your Choice
Cast your ballot in the third annual Voice Your Choice campaign to help Patagonia  decide how they should distribute $5,000 in grant money to three local environmental organizations.

The local Voice Your Choice candidate groups are:
•    West Atlanta Watershed Alliance: in store March 12
•    Upper Etowah River Alliance: in store March 19
•    Flint Riverkeeper: in store March 26

The top vote-getter will be awarded $2,500, with the second- and third-place organizations receiving $1,500 and $1,000 respectively. Simply stop by the Atlanta store March 10-31, 2011, to learn about your local groups and vote. Click HERE for directions to the store. 

5.    Dishwashers: Did you Know?
Contrary to what you might think, the machines save energy, water and money. New ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers use less than half as much energy as washing dishes by hand. These dishwashers use less than 6 gallons per complete cycle. Compare that to typical hand washing of dishes--with the water running for 10 minutes. The typical machine will save nearly 5,000 gallons of water per year!  Statistics indicate that over the lifetime of the ENERGY STAR dishwasher, water and energy savings approach $430 compared to hand washing.  But keep in mind that to minimize water usage, the hot water needs to be available for the dishwasher within a few seconds of starting the cycle. A delayed cycle may not get the dishes as clean. Similarly, with hand washing, if the washing begins with cooler water, then the dishes aren't as clean. Also, no matter what claims are made by the dishwasher manufacturer, an air gap is always required.

6.    Rare Fish Found in Georgia River
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has reported the discovery of a federally endangered fish species in North Georgia’s Coosawattee River. Recent sampling on the Coosawattee below Carters Lake actually produced three surprises: the amber darter and two state-endangered freckled darters. Neither species had been documented in the river before.  The amber darter is a small, slender fish (typically less than 2.5 inches long) with a brown upper body and a yellow belly. The darters' diet consists primarily of insects and snails. Brett Albanese, a senior aquatic zoologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, called the catches “amazing.” The darters were netted in the Coosawattee in summer of 2010. These findings raise hope for the survival of the rare fish.

7.    Ogeechee Riverkeeper Job opening
ORK is hiring an Executive Director for their organization.  For more information click HERE.

8.    Georgia Forestry Commission Water Quality Coordinator Position Open
For more information, click HERE.

9.    Adopt-A-Stream Confluence 2011
When: Saturday, March 26, 2011
Where: Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center
Cost: $20
 
Confluence is a one-day event designed to support and educate Adopt-A-Stream volunteers.  As the word implies, volunteers will come together from the headwater streams, the coastal estuaries and everywhere between to further educate themselves about our waterways and nonpoint source pollution. This will be a great opportunity to share experiences, knowledge and advice, as well as honor the collective efforts that have positively influenced water quality within the State of Georgia over the past 15 years.  
 
Presentations and hands-on activities include Streambank Restoration, Legislative Updates, Macroinvertebrate Identification, Make Your Own Monitoring Equipment, Landscaping to improve water quality and much more.  Come join the fun. For more information, go to www.GeorgiaAdoptAStream.org

10.    National River Rally
River Rally—the national conference of people who care about rivers and river issues—will be held in North Charleston, SC, June 3-6, 2011.  Find out more HERE.

11.    Fix a Leak Week!
The average American household wastes 10,000 gallons of water each year because of leaking appliances. That's enough water to fill a swimming pool! To help spread awareness about the many quick fixes around the home, the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) is teaming up with WaterSense on March 14-20th, 2011 to promote the third annual Fix A Leak Week: Click HERE to visit the EPA site. 

12.    ARK Oconee River Project’s Oconee River Classic
When: Saturday, April 16, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Big Dog's on the River, 2525 Atlanta Highway, Athens GA
Come out and paddle on the Middle Oconee River, or join us after for a river celebration at Big Dog's on the River -- with free food and music! (Note: If you want a sneak preview of Paddle Georgia 2011, this will show you part of Day One’s Paddle GA route!)
Contact: oconee@altamahariverkeeper.org
More info: www.facebook.com/OconeeRiverProject
Cost: $20 (a portion of proceeds supports the Oconee River Project of Altamaha Riverkeeper)

13.    Satilla Riverkeeper’s Roastin’ on the River
Join SATILLA RIVERKEEPER for "Roastin' on the River" at Ivanhoe Plantation, White Oak on the beautiful Satilla River, Saturday, March 26, 4 - 7pm. $20/person includes all-you-can-eat local oysters, ribs, chicken wings and BEER!
Call (912) 510-9500 or email kellie@satillariverkeeper.org for tickets and more info.
     
14.    Certified Stormwater Professional Certification
The Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Society is offering a Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality Review course and exam in Atlanta March 24-25, 2011. More information is available on the attached flyer or at www.gaswcs.org.

15.    Strategic Planning: Failures and Alternatives
What do you do when you can’t carry out your strategic plan? Click HERE to read the article.

16.    Find the Right Board to Join
Click HERE to read the article.

17.    Bring People Up in Your Organization
Click HERE to read the article.

18.    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 the grants page of our website HERE.

•    AEC Trust Technical Grants are made to charitable organizations seeking technical assistance. Click here for more details. 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. Click HERE for more details.
•    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.
•    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. Click HERE for more information.
•    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.Click HERE for more information.
•    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. Click HERE for more information.
•    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. Click here for more information.
•    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.
•    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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