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1. The 2015 "Dirty Dozen" is a Baker's Dozen
Earlier this week, the Georgia Water Coalition named its “Dirty Dozen” for 2015, highlighting 12 offenses to Georgia’s waters. The report’s entries were submitted by Georgia River Network and many of our partners all over the state.
The annual Dirty Dozen shines a spotlight on threats to Georgia’s water resources as well as the polluters and state or federal policies, or failures that ultimately harm—or could harm—Georgia property owners, downstream communities, fish and wildlife, hunters and anglers, and boaters and swimmers. The Dirty Dozen is not a list of the most polluted water bodies in Georgia, nor are they ranked in any particular order. It’s a list of problems that exemplify the results of inadequate funding for Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD), a lack of political will to enforce existing environmental protections, and ultimately misguided water planning and spending priorities that flow from the very top of Georgia’s leadership.
Read the rest of GRN Policy Director, Chris Manganiello's article in the Georgia Water Wire Blog HERE.
2. SCORP 2017-2021: GRN Needs Watershed Group Signatures
Attention Water Trail Groups! The popularity of water trails has grown dramatically in GA, and GRN wants the State of GA to recognize the need for increased support of water trail development and promotion by adding them to the 2017-2021 GA Plan for Outdoor Recreation (SCORP). See more details HERE.
SCORP is up for review, and GRN plans on submitting a comment letter with signatures from the water trail groups throughout the state outlining the need for additional state support. If you would like to add your organization’s signature to our letter, email Gwyneth Moody at email@example.com by Nov 16. We also encourage you to compose a supplemental comment letter in support of the state dedicating more resources toward water trail development. In addition, we also encourage supporters to attend the remaining public meeting on Nov 16, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., at Go Fish Center, 1255 Perry Parkway, Perry, GA. We have compiled the following questions to serve as suggested content for these comment letters. Please answer the questions relevant to the water trail you represent and submit them here: http://gastateparks.org/SCORP.
Tell the brief story of your water trail in one or two pages. Include:
- Name of your organization/water trail
- Where your water trail is located and if it receives support from a city, county and/ or state park?
- Why did you want a water trail?
- What does the water trail mean for/how has it impacted your community and local economy?
- Who uses (or will use) the water trail?
- Any other unique thing about your trail?
- In what ways could state support benefit your trail?
- How has your trail benefited from the presence of a statewide water trail network?
3. Job Posting: Executive Director, Savannah Riverkeeper
Savannah Riverkeeper is looking for a new Executive Director, who would work at their main office in Augusta. The new director will be responsible for leadership, fundraising, and public relations, and will be the public voice and face of the organization. For more information about the job, see Georgia River Network's job board HERE.
4. Job Posting: Headwaters Manager, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is looking for a highly motivated, organized, and creative individual to serve as their Headwaters Manager in their Gainesville office. The new manager would oversee that office, manage a variety of river conservation projects, work with local stakeholders, and perform field investigations. For more information about the job, view the flyer HERE.
5. Ripple Effect Film Series
Athens-Clarke County is accepting short films (30-90 seconds) that emphasize responsible water stewardship for their annual Ripple Effect Film Series. Films will be eligible for cash prizes and shown at the "2016 Ripple Effect Blue Carpet Premiere" on Saturday, March 19, 2016. There is no entry fee, but the deadline is February 5, 2016, so get started today!
For rules and more information, visit the film series website HERE.
6. GRN Holiday Sale- Great gifts for family and friends!
The holiday season is officially here! Give someone a gift and help protect rivers at the same time by purchasing some of Georgia River Network's (GRN) merchandise this season and/or purchasing items from those who so generously support GRN by donating a portion of their sales to us! All of GRN's merchandise is being sold at a DISCOUNT now through December 31!
Place your order today by calling Debra or Dana at 706-549-4508 or by going HERE to purchase online. When paying online, just make a donation for the total due, and type in your order within the "special purpose" box. If you would like make a donation in addition to your purchase, do so and state this in the box, as well. Visa, MasterCard and Checks accepted. Prices include taxes and shipping. Images, inventory list and descriptions of each item can be found HERE.
7. Call for 2016 National Wetlands Awards Nominations & Call for National Wetlands Newsletter Article Submissions
The Environmental Law Institute is now accepting nominations for the 2016 National Wetlands Awards, and articles for the National Wetlands Newsletter.
Information about the National Wetlands Awards:
For the past 26 years, the awards program has honored individuals across the country who have shown an extraordinary commitment to wetlands protection, restoration, conservation, and education. We have recognized nearly 200 individuals in six different categories at a prestigious award ceremony held in Washington, DC. We provide winners with a trip to DC to meet with our federal partners and numerous other wetland professionals and help raise national awareness on their work. The nomination process is quick, easy, and a great way to thank someone for their hard work and dedication to wetlands! The deadline for submitting a short-form nomination is November 20, 2015.
Information about the National Wetlands Newsletter:
The newsletter has been the definitive source for wetlands policy, regulation, science, and restoration information since 1978. With nearly 37 complete volumes in our online archives, the newsletter is both a great resource and tool to publicize wetlands work on a national scale. Our readers range from the U.S. EPA and U.S Army Corps of Engineers to scientists and attorneys, and more.
For more information about the Awards or the Newsletter, contact Kathryn Campbell, editor of the Newsletter, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Brews, Boats, and BBQ -- Save the Date!
When: February 28, 2016
Where: SweetWater Brewery, Atlanta, GA
Join Georgia River Network for our 3rd Annual 'Brews, Boats and BBQ for Better Rivers' - a kickoff paddle party and GRN fundraiser! This fundraiser is a pre-season gathering of paddlers and river lovers from all over Georgia at SweetWater Brewery. We invite paddlers of all skill levels and disciplines, as well as those who have never paddled but are interested in this wonderful sport. Come meet GRN staff members and learn about our mission and upcoming events. This is also a great opportunity to meet new paddling friends and renew old friendships! Representatives from several paddling groups across Georgia will be there. There will also be a silent auction and chance to win a new kayak!
STAY TUNED for more details on how and when to register. (Please note that all attendees must be 21 years of age or older as of February 28, 2016.)
9. Finding Creative Funding Sources for Recreation and Conservation Webinar by American Rivers
On November 17 at 1 PM, American Rivers will be hosting a webinar on how to creatively find funding for your conservation projects. This presentation will go over a wide variety of available sources and feature success stories around the country. Don't miss this great opportunity!
Click HERE to register.
10. South River Water Trails
Ever heard of the South River Water Trail in metro Atlanta? It’s a secluded gem that few people are aware of! This year Georgia River Network is providing intensive technical assistance for the development of the South River Water Trail, and we are so proud of their progress!
Check out the new South River Water Trail Website, get involved in the development of the Water Trail, and join South River Watershed Alliance for their annual free South River Jamboree - Nov 21, 6-8pm at Arabia Mountain National Heritage Alliance. Sign up HERE.
This year's theme--Celebrating Five Years, One River, and You--is quite fitting because in just five years, South River Watershed Alliance along with the help of Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, Dekalb, Rockdale, Newton, and Henry county have dramatically increased awareness of this hidden gem, engaged people and communities from across metro Atlanta, and are now on the verge of launching plans for the South River Water Trail.
Be among the first to get a sneak peak of planned launch and landing sites and participate in a conversation about why the South River Water Trail is the future of the South River.
11. Learn how to find volunteers and interns and build a successful program
Though every environmental organization needs reliable workers, help can sometimes be hard to find. Looking to bring in new minds that will boost productivity? Need an extra set of hands for an upcoming event? Read our guide for tips on developing volunteer programs and internships that will be rewarding experiences for both parties.
12. Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program 2016: Request for Proposals
Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Program are requesting proposals for their Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program, which funds projects that link community development and environmental stewardship. For the 2016 program, over $2.4 million in funding is available. Proposals are due December 10, 2015. For more information on the grants, visit NFWF's website HERE.
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