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May 2012
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Georgia River Network News Stream
May 2012


News
1.    GRN Now Accepting Applications for Turner Regrants
2.    Long Term Drought: The South's Old Normal?
3.    Chattahoochee River Named the #3 Most Endangered River in U.S.
4.    Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Sally Bethea Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
5.    Coosa River Basin Initiative pressures Army Corp to Suspend Permit
6.    One Team, One Planet
7.    EPA Hotline
8.    2012 River Management Young Achievers Award
9.    USGS maps on sale for $1 each!

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
10.    Broad River Watershed Association Benefit
11.
    UCR's Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival
12.    Coosa River Basin Initiative's Pig, Party and Paddle
13.    South River Restoration and Environmental Justice Workshop
14.    2012 Environmental Leadership Awards
15.    Soque River Watershed Association River Festival

Nonprofit Resources
16.    FAQ:  Blogging for Your Nonprofit
17.    Bolder Advocacy
18.    LearnPhilanthropy
19.    Give People Meaningful Roles

Fundraising Deadlines
20.    New Grant Opportunities

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1.    GRN Now Accepting Applications for Turner Regrants
Thanks to a grant from the Turner Foundation, Georgia River Network is pleased to offer grants for watershed work by grassroots river groups in Georgia to directly impact high priority problems causing water quality degradation, impaired instream flows and/or inefficient use of water through advocacy, campaigns, on the ground project implementation, or legal work.  For more information, see the New Grant Opportunities section of this newsletter or visit, view the website, or contact Dana Skelton at 706-549-4508.

2.    Long Term Drought: The South's Old Normal?
From GRN’s Water Wire Blog:
The mid-twentieth century was the “wettest” period of time in the American South since the year 1665, according to a recent study in the journal Environmental Research Letters.  The co-authors looked back over the last 400 to 1000 years and determined that the 1700s and 1800s were very, very dry compared to the wet 1900s.  How do we know?  Tree-ring data from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin tells us.  Read the full blog post by Chris Manganiello on our Georgia Water Wire Blog.

3.    Chattahoochee River Named the #3 Most Endangered River in U.S.
The Chattahoochee River was named the #3 Most Endangered River today. Click this link to learn more and learn what you can do.

4.    Sally Bethea Wins Jim Compton Lifetime Achievement Award
At this year’s River Rally, River Network honored Sally Bethea with the James R. Compton Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more than two decades, Sally has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in her quest for clean and plentiful water in the Chattahoochee River Basin and throughout Georgia. Her achievements have touched the lives of millions of Georgians providing them with cleaner creeks, streams, lakes and rivers for their drinking water and recreational needs. Early in her career, Sally addressed the habitual fouling of the river by the City of Atlanta’s sewage treatment discharges and bypasses by leading a coalition in opposition to the city’s pollution. The eventual Clean Water Act citizen suit led to one of the largest and most effective sewage treatment overhauls and cleanups in the country.

5.    Coosa River Basin Initiative pressures Army Corp to Suspend Permit
Plans to build a shopping center on 50 acres of floodplain and wetlands in Rome have been temporarily halted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after a successful four-year campaign to stop the project by a local citizen advocacy group.  Read more HERE.
 
6.    One Team, One Planet
The One Team, One Planet Spent Tire Community Clean-Up Support Program is aimed to eradicate the problem of tires littering our natural environment – be it on the side of the road, in a creek or elsewhere.  To help achieve this goal, Bridgestone has partnered with River Network. Bridgestone’s new community clean-up support program will recycle spent tires collected during any River Network or other independently organized clean-up event – free of charge.  Event organizers can request tire recycling support by filling out a form available HERE.


7.    EPA Hotline
You can help spotlight pollution problems in your local rivers by using an EPA online hotline.  Reporting is relatively easy, but the better the complaint (like good documentation from a credible witness, pictures, samples etc…), the more likely it will be acted on.

8.    2012 River Management Young Achievers Award
Know someone under 35 who is doing great work on behalf of rivers? Let them know about this international program—if chosen as a winner, they will get $3,000 AU and a free trip to the land down under! Click here to view the website.

9. 
USGS maps on sale for $1 each!
Do you need maps of your watershed? The USGS is having a
big map sale--over 60,000 maps are only $1 a piece until June 4th.  Click HERE to shop for maps.  

10.  Broad River Watershed Association Benefit
When: 12 PM-10 PM, Friday, May 18th
Where: Broad River Outpost, Danielsville, Georgia
Description: Broad River Outpost will be hosting an all-ages benefit party for the Broad River Watershed Association featuring live music, games, kayak races, river access and camping, food, and hopefully a waterslide!

Music from the B-53's, Pilgrim, Moths, Timmy Tumble & the Tumblers, Outer Spaces, Tom(b) Television, Weird Like Us, and surprise guests. Limited transportation from Athens available by reservation.

$5 for the show, $5 to sign up for kayak races with prizes including season passes, and camping available with boating reservations.  Email or call the BRO for racing sign-up, camping, or general concerns! BYOB Dogs on Leashes, No Glass or Styrofoam Please May 18! (706)795-3242 or info@broadriveroutpost.com

11.
UCR's Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival
When: Saturday, June 9, 2012
Where: Garrard Landing Park and Riverside Park, Roswell
Description: Paddlers of all ages and skill levels will take to the water for the 10th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival, a FREE family-friendly festival, music and awards presentation. Click HERE for more information.


12. CRBI'S Pig, Paddle and Party
When: Sunday, May 20
Description: CRBI is throwing a party, AND YOU ARE INVITED! Join CRBI on the Etowah River and at the home of Todd & Dale Carroll overlooking the river for an afternoon and evening of paddling and pigging out. A six-mile paddle down the beautiful Etowah will proceed a barbecue dinner provided by Johnny Mitchell's Smokehouse in Euharlee, with beer and wine provided by Coors, Miller Lite and Old Havana Cigar Co. The $75 ticket ($130 per couple) includes boat rental for the trip, dinner and drinks, a year's membership in CRBI and a chance to win a new kayak courtesy of Cedar Creek Park and River City Bank. Party limited to first 75 people to register. PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NOW ONLINE!


13. South River Restoration and Environmental Justice Workshop
When: Sat, June 9, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Where: The Conference Center at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, 495 N Indian Creek Dr, Clarkston, GA 30083 (map)
Description: The purpose of the workshop is to generate dialogue about current and historical disregard of urban waterways, streams, creeks and rivers in general and South River specifically, the lack of river restoration efforts in communities of color, and offer strategies on how to engage affected communities. Confirmed panelists include Sharon Moran, PhD, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Environmental and Natural Resources Policy Doctoral Program, Clark University; David Deganian, staff attorney with Greenlaw, an environmental and public interest law firm; and Johnny Waits, noted historian and curator of Flat Rock Archives. The workshop is FREE to the public. Light refreshments will be served. If you have questions about this workshop, contact South River Watershed Alliance at 404-285-3756 or southriverwatershedalliance@gmail.com.

14.    2012 Environmental Leadership Awards
When: Tue, May 29, 6pm – 8pm
Where: Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Atlantic Station, 201 17th St, NW, Ste 1700, Atlanta, GA 30363 (map)
Description: Join Georgia Conservation Voters as they honor Congressman John Lewis and select members of the General Assembly for their leadership on conservation and sustainability issues that directly impact our great state. For more info, call Rob Teilhet at 404.522.8144 or visit www.gavoters.com

15.    Soque River Watershed Association River Festival
When: Sat, June 16, 10am – 3pm
Where: Soque River - see www.soque.org for details
Description: The first ever Soque River Festival will be held Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The day will include a 2.3 mile paddle trip down the river and a 6-mile bicycle ride to tour the proposed Clarkesville Greenway. There will be music, food and a kid zone!
Cost: Paddle - $10, Shirt - $15-$20 (optional)
Make reservations at www.soque.org!

16.    FAQ: Blogging for Your Nonprofit
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:

Question: I'm on the board of a river group and we've decided we want to start a blog to stay in touch with our members.  Do you have any advice about what to write about, how often to post and how to get more readers?

Read Jesslyn's response HERE.

17.    Bolder Advocacy
Bolder Advocacy is a new the advocacy initiative from Alliance for Justice, the purpose of which is to empower nonprofits of all sizes to confidently advocate on behalf of their constituents and their causes. As public policy debates are increasingly dominated by wealthy and powerful special interests, it is more important than ever for nonprofit advocates to understand how best to influence decision makers and serve their communities.  To do this, they need the knowledge, tools and leadership that can help them advocate effectively and with confidence. Click HERE to learn more.

18.    LearnPhilanthropy
Click HERE for a great fundraising resource.

19.    Give People Meaningful Roles
Click HERE to read the article.

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.

•    GRN Turner Regrants
Turner Foundation and Georgia River Network are pleased to offer grants for watershed work by grassroots river groups in Georgia to directly impact high priority problems causing water quality degradation, impaired instream flows and/or inefficient use of water through advocacy, campaigns, on the ground project implementation, or legal work.  Grants will range from $2,000 to $10,000.  Up to $40,000 will be awarded to grassroots river groups through the grant program.  Deadline for applications: May 30, 2012 (Not postmarked, received).  Funds will be disbursed to grantees in late June.  Projects must be completed by May 1 of 2013. For more information, click HERE or contact Dana Skelton at 706-549-4508.

•    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 www.sprint.com/localgiving. The application period for the 2012 Local Giving Program is May 1 through June 15.

Click HERE for more information about the program.


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