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November 2009
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In This Issue
News
1. GRN Announces GA Water Wire Blog
2. GRN Annual Conference
3. New EPD Director, Allen Barnes
4. Governor’s Task Force Plans Affect Georgia’s Waters
5. Watershed Group Directory – Update your Information
6. Savannah River Tops List in Toxic Dumping
7. River Jobs

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
8. ICL Leadership and Fundraising Programs
9. Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Conference
10. Savannah Riverkeeper Roast on the River
11. National River Rally

Group Spotlight
12. Flint Riverkeeper Up and Running
13. Broad River Watershed Association

Resources
14. Can Nonprofit Boards Vote By Email?
15. How Is An Old Program Like a Fruitcake

Fundraising Deadlines
16. Grants


1. GRN Announces GRN Water Wire Blog
The Georgia Water Wire blog is for anyone interested in the state’s water resources and their future. The Georgia Water Wire’s goal is to provide readers with up-to-date, relevant news about Georgia’s waterways along with our perspective on what’s going on. Go to http://gawaterwire.wordpress.com/ and sign up to receive new posts in your inbox.

2. GRN 2010 Annual Conference Save the Date
We are pleased to announce that February 19-20, 2009, GRN’s 10th Annual Conference will be held on Jekyll Island, Georgia at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.  Each year, Georgia River Network puts on a conference for water advocates all over the state of Georgia.  GRN is committed to providing an interesting and compelling annual conference, full of useful information, interesting speakers and lots of time to talk to one another about the issues that affect us all. Registration opens in December. Visit http://www.garivers.org/events/conferences/2010/home.html.

A River Runs Through It: Our Stories and Our Work from Headwaters to the Sea

3 Informative Tracks
• What the Lake Lanier Decision Means for Georgia: In this track, we will look at how this decision offers an opportunity to create a true “culture of conservation” where we use water efficiently all of the time and not just during times of crises. 
• Environmental Issues on the Coast:  This track will explore the current environmental issues on the coast and discuss what is being done by groups to address those issues.
• Watershed Protection and You: This track, hosted by Georgia Adopt-a-Stream, will focus on monitoring pollution and river health for the layperson.

Friday Workshops
• Telling Your River Stories with Janisse Ray
• Bacterial Sampling Training and Biological and Chemical Recertification with Georgia Adopt-a-Stream
• “Get the Dirt Out” Train the Trainer

Networking, Exhibits and Fun
• A Friday night party featuring live music, awards ceremony, food, drinks, and a live and silent auction
• Fun field trips Sunday morning!

Registration opens in December.
Presented by REI
Additional Sponsorship to Date: REM, Fish Action Response Team, Appalachian Outfitters and Broad River Watershed Association
Partner: Georgia Adopt-A-Stream

3. New EPD Director, Allen Barnes
On October 26, former EPD Director Carol Couch stepped down and the following week the DNR Board approved Allen Barnes as the new EPD Director. Barnes comes from the environmental group of the King and Spalding law firm which represents clients such as businesses in litigation over environmental laws, the Atlanta Regional Commission and the State of Georgia in the Tri-State Water War litigation, and the companies wanting to build 2 new coal-fired power plants in GA. Prior to King and Spalding, Barnes worked at EPA Region 4 during the Bush Administration, Mississippi State, the Florida State Attorney’s office, and as a Special US Assistant Attorney.

4. Governor’s Task Force Plans Affect Georgia’s Waters
On September 29, the Governor announced the creation of a “Water Contingency Task Force” to develop contingencies as a result of the recent water ruling limiting Metro Atlanta’s access to Lake Lanier for water supply. The Task Force is swiftly moving forward with developing its plans.  Georgia River Network is working with the Georgia Water Coalition to call on this Task Force to:
• Focus strategies on aggressive use of water conservation and efficiency measures which will create a “hidden reservoir” of water at a price per gallon significantly less than other options.
• Make reauthorization and reallocation of Lake Lanier a central component of future water supply plans.
• Use water demand projections that realistically reflect Metro-Atlanta’s future water needs.
• Be keenly aware of how they make decisions and how they will affect the rest of the state because the Task Force is heavily weighted toward Metro Atlanta interests and is meeting and making decisions in meetings that are closed to the public.

Eliminating Lake Lanier as a water supply option, using unrealistic water demand projections, and a Metro Atlanta bias could justify water supply options such as more dams and reservoirs, piping water from rural Georgia, injecting treated wastewater and river water in our pristine well water and desalination.  These options are not justified when water conservation and Lake Lanier are looked at together to meet Metro Atlanta’s needs.

Solutions to Georgia’s water crisis must protect the water supplies of downstream communities, protect taxpayers from costly and unnecessary water supply projects and protect the health of our rivers, fisheries and wildlife. You can send your own comments to the Task Force at info@gawatertaskforce.com.

5. Watershed Directory Entry
Georgia River Network is updating its online and printed directory of watershed groups. Please take a moment to check that we have your information listed correctly at http://www.garivers.org/resources/directory.html. Send updates to info@garivers.org.

6. Savannah River Tops List in Toxic Dumping
Industrial facilities dumped over 10 million pounds of toxic chemicals into waterways throughout Georgia, according to a report released by Environment Georgia: Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act. The Savannah River received more toxic pollution than any other river in Georgia and was the fourth most polluted river in the country. Visit
http://www.environmentgeorgia.org/reports/clean-water/clean-water-program-reports/savannah-river-tops-list-in-toxic-dumping

7. River Jobs
Savannah Riverkeeper – Executive Director
Satilla Riverkeeper – Executive Director and Riverkeeper
Visit http://www.garivers.org/resources/jobs.html for the job description.

8. ICL Leadership and Fundraising Programs
2010 ICL Executive Director Leadership Program and Complete Fundraiser Program
Begins May 2010 near Chicago IL.   Become a highly effective executive director through this 9-month ICL intensive program.  Move your organization forward with practical tools and guidance tailored to your organization. Expand your peer network with other leaders. The program includes 2 sessions, interim/follow up coaching as well as interaction with a network of peers/other participants. The initial session includes skill-building, problem solving and action planning.  The second session is attended with a board member and is focused on integration.

2010 Complete Fundraiser Program - Apply Now (year-long intensive program)
Diversify your income, increase revenue, and engage your whole organization in fundraising through this year-long program of training, support, and expert consulting. Visit www.icl.org.

9. Georgia Adopt A Stream Conference
Confluence 2010: Georgia Adopt-A-Stream's Volunteer Conference
February 27, 2010 at Stone Mountain Park - Adopt-A-Stream Confluence
As the word implies, this event will bring volunteers together from the headwater streams to the coastal estuaries to further educate them about our waterways and nonpoint source pollution. This will be a great opportunity to share experiences, knowledge and advice, as well as honor their collective efforts that have positively influenced water quality within the State of Georgia over the past 11 years.  For more information, please visit www.GeorgiaAdoptAStream.org or contact the State Office at 404.675.6240.

10. Savannah Riverkeeper Roast on the River
December 4, 2009, 6:30pm
First Annual Roast on the River To Benefit Savannah Riverkeeperwww.savannahriverkeeper.org

11. National River Rally
January 5 Registration Opens
February 5 Early Mayfly Discount Registration Ends
February 12 River Hero Nominations Due
March 19 Scholarship Request Deadline
May 21-24 River Rally!
Visit http://www.rivernetwork.org/programs/national-river-rally

12. Flint Riverkeeper Up and Running 
On November 1, Gordon Rogers, the new Flint Riverkeeper began work to protect the Flint River in southwest Georgia. Work began less than two years ago to form this new, much needed river protection organization. Today, the group has built a strong board representing interests throughout the river basin, opened an office in Albany, hired Gordon as its Riverkeeper, formulated aggressive plans to protect their river, and built a base of support throughout the basin to do its work. Georgia River Network is proud to have supported the start-up of the group from the beginning, including holding Paddle Georgia 08 on the Flint where President Jimmy Carter and the 300+ paddlers celebrated the new Riverkeeper and helped raise money for their start-up, providing administrative support during their start-up, and facilitating the group’s plans for how they will protect their river and grow a strong organization. Congratulations Flint Riverkeeper!

13. Broad River Watershed Association
The Broad River Watershed Association is a regional land-trust dedicated to protecting land and water resources in the Broad River basin of northeast Georgia. Each spring they get folks out to admire the beauty of this free-flowing Piedmont river with a canoe float to see a rare spider lily in bloom at Anthony Shoals. Each fall, they organize a fall foliage and river clean up float in support of the Rivers Alive program. In 2010, they will begin their tenth year of exploring stream life with area school kids through EPD’s Adopt A Stream Program. Their community outreach programs include a water quality survey that sampled streams at road crossings throughout the 1500 square miles of  watershed and a monitoring project that tested a 5-mile segment of the Broad River for fecal coliform levels.  BRWA activities in the coming year will include an EPD-sponsored Watershed Improvement Plan to address non-point source pollution affecting the river in Madison County and water quality monitoring at a site upstream from the spider lilies at Anthony Shoals that is receiving liquid waste from poultry processing plants. The small, all-volunteer land-trust sports an updated web-site (www.brwa.org) and a revitalized newsletter, and is eager to welcome paddlers in Paddle Georgia to the Broad and Savannah River basins in 2010.  

14. Can Nonprofit Boards Vote By Email?
Can nonprofit boards vote by mail and email? As is true of so many matters, there are legal answers and sensible answers to this question, which may not be the same. Attorney Gene Takagi and Emily Nicole Chan discuss both in this helpful article at http://www.blueavocado.org/node/458

15. How Is An Old Program Like a Fruitcake
At one point these programs were fresh and everyone felt good about them. Now they're stale and musty, and it's just easier not to think about them. Read more at
http://www.blueavocado.org/content/how-old-program-fruitcake-editor-notes-11109

16. 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.

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/.

Captain Planet Foundation provides grants to organizations that promote an understanding of the environment and involve youth ages 6-18. Grants range from $250 - $2,500. Deadlines for submitting grant applications are March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31. Visit http://www.captainplanetfdn.org/.

Fall/Winter cycle of the CRN Action Assistance Fund. The deadline for this round of applications is Friday January 8, 2010. The fund disperses small grants to CRN Member Groups working to ensure that Army Corps of Engineers' projects are economically and environmentally sound. In many cases, CRN Member Groups use the fund to hire technical experts that aid in stopping controversial, environmentally destructive and/or fiscally unjustified Corps proposals and projects. Your organization must be a CRN Member to submit an application. If you would like to submit an application but are not a CRN Member, you may  join the CRN online at www.corpsreform.org, or contact CRN Coordinator George Sorvalis (202) 797-6617 sorvalisg@nwf.org for more information. 

Department of Agriculture: Solid Waste Management Grant Program
This program supports projects to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources in rural areas, and to improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas. Applications will be accepted from October 1 through December 31 of each calendar year. Visit http://www.usda.gov/rus/water/SWMG.htm.

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.

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation supports a wide range of organizations that improve the quality of life in communities where Georgia-Pacific operates, and where company employees live and work. (A map of the Georgia-Pacific facilities and locations is available online at: www.gp.com/facilitydirectory/index.asp.) The Foundation’s areas of interest include: education, community enrichment, and the environment. Visit http://www.gp.com/gpfoundation/index.html.

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.

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.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Bring Back the Natives
Bring Back the Natives: A Public-Private Partnership for Restoring Populations of Native Aquatic Species, an initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, focuses on restoring, protecting, and enhancing native aquatic species, especially on lands on or adjacent to federal agency lands. This program funds projects that initiate partnerships with private landowners, demonstrate successful collaborative efforts, and address watershed health issues. Grants averaging $60,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations; universities; Native American tribes; and local, state, and federal agencies. These grants encourage a $2 non-federal match for each federal dollar requested by applicants. Online pre-proposals are due December 1, 2009; full proposals must be submitted by February 1, 2010. Program details and application guidelines are available on the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website.
http://www.nfwf.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Browse_All_Programs&CONTENTID=13995&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm

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/.
Norman Foundation – Environmental Justice grants. Deadline Dec 1, 2009. Visit http://www.normanfdn.org/

Techsoup - Discounted Computer Software
Click on this website to purchase computer software at great prices. Must be 501c3. www.techsoup.org.

The Tellabs Foundation makes direct grants to eligible organizations, generally in the amount of $10,000 and above. Generally, grants will be considered for specific programs, rather than for general operating funds. The primary focus of the Foundation is to support programs in areas in which Tellabs employees live and work. (The Tellabs Southeast Regional Sales office is located in the Atlanta area.) Environment is one of three areas of special interest to the Foundation. It supports programs to encourage understanding and the protection of the environment - particularly in the areas of public health, clean air, clean water, recycling and waste reduction. The Tellabs Foundation Board meets quarterly, usually in January, April, July and October. The deadline for letters of inquiry or invited proposals is four weeks before the scheduled meeting. Proposals received after the deadline will be considered at the next meeting. It is recommended that letters of inquiry be submitted at least four months before funding is needed. Visit http://www.tellabs.com/about/foundation.shtml.

Temper of the Times Foundation promotes the use of standard marketing concepts to increase environmental awareness. Recognizing that organizations working to protect the environment generally have limited access to paid media, the Foundation provides funds to underwrite advertising designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in the United States. Projects with measurable short-term effects on wildland ecosystem conservation will be prioritized over those that are purely educational in nature. Grants may be used to fund the production of print, radio, or television ads; to pay for advertising space or airtime; or to produce or distribute pamphlets, books, videos, or press packets. The application deadline is December 14, 2009. For more information, visit http://www.temperfund.org.

Town Creek Foundation - The Foundation supports programs that engage citizens in challenging the unsustainable use of natural resources and in protecting biological diversity. Strategies supported are grassroots activism, monitoring the enforcement of environmental laws, public policy advocacy, collaborative opportunities, media outreach, and model or demonstration projects fostering sustainable policies and practices. Deadlines are November 20, 2009 and March 12, 2010. Visit www.towncreekfdn.org.


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