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April 2012
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Georgia River Network News Stream
April 2012

1.    View Our 2011 Annual Report Video Online
2.    GRN Weekend for Rivers a Success
3.    River Celebration Award Winners
4.    2012 Legislative Wrap-Up
5.    James Holland’s  Altamaha Book Release
6.    GreenLaw Patterns of Pollution Report
7.    New Study Says Building from the Grassroots Up is a Must
8.    Report an Environmental Violation!
9.    EPA Unveils New "Clean Water Act at 40" Website
10.   New Employee Rights Posting Requirements for April 30, 2012

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
11.    Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s River Revival
12.    The Altamaha Riverkeeper’s Annual Meeting Celebration
13.    Ogeechee River Fish Kill Forum
14.    Direct Mail for Small Nonprofits E-Clinic
15.    Save the Date: 2013 Georgia Water Resources Conference
16.    Georgia Center for Nonprofits Annual Nonprofit Summit

Nonprofit Resources
17.    FAQ:  Summertime Water Consumption
18.    Search Tips in Gmail
19.    Which Database is Best?

Fundraising Deadlines
20.    New Grant Opportunities


1.    View Our 2011 Annual Report Video Online
Check out our 2011 Annual Report. Thanks to all of you - we have a lot to celebrate!

2.    GRN Weekend for Rivers a Success!
Over 130 people came out to celebrate rivers at GRN’s Weekend for Rivers March 31-April 1 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. We had a great time hearing stories from people all over Georgia about how they protect, enjoy and honor rivers, plus partying and paddling! We’ve posted photos of the weekend on our Facebook page. Feel free to share your photos and videos with us, too.

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!
Patagonia , Stormwater Systems , The Rainbarrel Depot , Coca-Cola Refreshments, Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center, The Outside World, Sweetwater Brewing, American Rivers, Coosa River Basin Initiative, High Country, Flint Riverkeeper, GreenLaw, Café Campesino, Southern Environmental Law Center, Broad River Watershed Association, Ogeechee Riverkeeper, Upper Oconee Watershed Network, Georgia Lakes Society

3.    River Celebration Award Winners
Georgia River Network held the 8th annual River Celebration Awards to recognize the successes and dedicated efforts of river advocates in Georgia.  Honorees received awards in a special ceremony as part of the 2012 Weekend for Rivers – Georgia River Network’s annual conference.

Winners of the 2012 River Celebration Awards:
• Ogeechee Riverkeeper, Statesboro, GA – Watershed Group of the Year;
• Poni Shannon, Greensboro, GA – Volunteer of the Year; and
• Tara Muenz and Allison Hughes, Atlanta, GA – River Conservationists of the Year

Click HERE to read more about the winners!

4.    2012 Legislative Wrap-Up
Click HERE to review the bills we worked on together this legislative session and their final status.

5.    James Holland’s Altamaha, A River and Its Keeper Book Release
No one knows the river better than James Holland who went from being a commercial crabber to the first Altamaha Riverkeeper and although he is now retired he is still working to protect the river and watershed that he loves.

Altamaha captures the distinctive beauty of the river in over 230 of James’ photographs and offers a portrait of the man who has become its improbable guardian. With elegant prose by Janisse Ray and Dorinda G. Dallmeyer, the book celebrates the wildlife, habitat, and culture of Georgia’s mightiest river.

Be among the first to get your hands on James’ book, join them for the book launch, reception, reading, and book signing at historic Ashantilly in Darien on June 30 at 2:00. James, Janisse, and Dorinda will be on hand to autograph books in a benefit for the Altamaha Riverkeeper.

 $50 includes a book and wine and cheese reception.  Reception only is $20. Please RSVP by calling ARK at 912-437-8164 or emailing

6.    Greenlaw Patterns of Pollution Report
Learn about the Patterns of Pollution in metro Atlanta. The report analyzes publicly available information to identify eight types of air, water, and land pollution and compares this pollution information with demographic data for people living in the 14-county region. Click HERE to read the report:

7.    New Study Says Building from the Grassroots Up is a Must
Citing the recent failure of federal “cap and trade” climate legislation as a costly and ineffective “top down” philanthropy strategy, a recent report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy recommends that grantmakers “invest at least 25 percent of grant dollars in grassroots advocacy, organizing and civic engagement.” Today’s reality is quite different: the 2% of environmental NGOs with budgets of $5 million or more receive more than half of all philanthropic dollars.
Click HERE to read the report.

8.    Report an Environmental Violation!
Did you know that the EPA has a simple process for the average citizen to report an environmental violation? Neither did we, but it seems it could be mighty useful.   HERE is the link for the "Report an Environmental Violation" webpage.  And HERE'S the site for General Information  about Reporting Environmental Violations.

9.    EPA Unveils New "Clean Water Act at 40" Website
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act. EPA has unveiled a new “Water is Worth It” website with lots of interesting content, including case studies, milestones and more. The Clean Water Network has also launched a “Power of Water” campaign based on the Act’s 40th anniversary. And mark your calendar for October 13th for a D.C. Rally organized by the Waterkeeper Alliance as part of their Clean Water Act 40 campaign.

10.    New Employee Rights Posting Requirements for April 30, 2012
If your nonprofit is staffed, you’ll need to post a notice regarding employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) effective April 30, 2012.

11.    Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s River Revival
When: Friday, May 4, 2012
Where: Park Tavern’s Big Tent
Price: $45 general admission and $65 VIP access
Bigger, better, and on a Friday night!
Tickets are on sale for the 16th Annual River Revival. This year’s River Revival will be the biggest and best one yet with a super-sized music lineup and more River Rock Star Award honorees!

Headliner Ben Sollee, a world-renowned modern-rock cellist, will be one of three River Rock Star recipients. He’ll be joined on the music bill by New York’s Julia Haltigan as well as Atlanta artists Burnt Bacon and closing act Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics. Atlanta musicians and environmental supporters Johnny Colt and Gareth Asher also will receive the River Rock Star Award. Click HERE for more information.

12.    The Altamaha Riverkeeper’s Annual Meeting Celebration
When: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Where: The Ocmulgee River At Way’s Landing
Click HERE for more information. 

13.    Ogeechee River Fish Kill Forum
Citizens for Clean and Water is hosting a forum on the recent Ogeechee River Fish Kill.
When: April 24th, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Savannah State Campus in the MAGEC Stem Center, Hubert A Room 11.

14.    Direct Mail for Small Nonprofits E-Clinic
When: May 1st through May 11th, 2012
Description: With the right appeal, small, local nonprofits, mailing mere hundreds or thousands of pieces, can raise tens of thousands of dollars through direct mail. Direct mail appeals from local nonprofits, done right, can work wonders. Smaller nonprofits can use direct mail to acquire new donors, to attract repeat gifts, and to promote bequests and monthly giving. Yet local charities often find their direct mail results deeply disappointing.  What are they doing wrong?  During the e-clinic, expert direct mail copywriter Tom Ahern will share his secrets for direct mail appeals that work, even for local nonprofits with relatively small mailing lists.
Click HERE to register.

15.    Save the Date: Georgia Water Resources Conference
The thirteenth biennial statewide conference on water resources in Georgia will be held April 10 & 11, 2013 in Athens Georgia as a collaborative effort of many people interested in Georgia's water resources. Visit for more details.  

16.      Georgia Center for Nonprofits Annual Nonprofit Summit
When: May 21-22, 2012
Where: Atlanta Sheraton
Description:  Year after year, the Nonprofit Summit delivers an abundance of insight, information and interaction to help our region’s nonprofits build impact. Presented by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, in partnership with sector leaders, top professional groups, and content experts, this annual event is a vibrant convergence of the Southeast’s nonprofit and philanthropic community, bringing leaders together to expand knowledge, exchange ideas, explore collaborations and expand networks.

Highlights of the 2012 Summit program include over 25+ workshops across multiple tracks, complimentary expert consultations, two keynotes, Awards Luncheon, Funder Roundtables, Nonprofit Expo, and unique networking opportunities throughout.

Click HERE for more information.

17.    FAQ: Summertime Water Consumption
Each month, Jesslyn Shields, Georgia River Network’s Watershed Support Coordinator, answers a question she gets asked a lot by river group staff and boards. Here’s this month’s question:

Q: Summer is coming and it’s predicted to be a doozy. The watershed group I’m on the board of would like to let our members know how to save water during the hot Georgia summer.  What kind of information can I share with them that would apply just to our watershed and statewide?

Read Jesslyn's response HERE.

18.    Search Tips in Gmail
If your Gmail account has thousands of emails in it, HERE are some good search tips for finding that one email you’re looking for.

19.    Which Database is Best?
Which member/donor databases best satisfy river and watershed groups?  Frustrated with the database you're using and think others should know?

Find out the answers to these questions and more! Take the LeadGreen 2012 Survey of Databases and you'll immediately receive a copy of the 2011 results.  Click HERE to take the survey.

20.    Grant Opportunities
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.

•    The Sprint Local Giving Program
This program provides one grant each to three Atlanta 501(c)(3) organizations in support of programs that provide a meaningful impact in Sprint’s philanthropic focus areas of youth development (including mentoring, leadership and academic achievement), arts and culture, and environmental stewardship. Eligible organizations must be located in the Atlanta area (Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties). Additional eligibility requirements can be found at

Click HERE for more information about the program. 

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