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October 2012
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Georgia River Network News Stream
October 2012

1.    Job Announcement: Alliance for the Georgia Coast
2.    October is Rivers Alive Month
3.    Propose a Workshop for River Rally 2013
4.    GA Water Wire: Water Supply Report Card
5.    Introduction to the Clean Water Act Online Course

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
6.    Save the Date: Weekend for Rivers 2013
7.    College students: Join us for River Connect – an Event at Google Atlanta
8.    Altamaha Riverkeeper Clam Jam 2012
9.    Save the Date: Adopt-A-Stream Confluence 2013
10.   “Nothing But Tires” South River Tire Roundup
11.    Save the Date: Savannah Riverkeeper’s Roast on the River
12.    Streamside Repair Workshop
13.    Georgia Gives Day
14.    Webinar: Three Ways to Tell Your Nonprofit's Stories
15.    Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Meeting

Nonprofit Resources
16.    FAQ:  Major Donor Development Program
17.    A Board Member Crosses the Line

Fundraising Deadlines
18.    New Grant Opportunities


1.    Job Announcement: Alliance for the Georgia Coast
The Alliance for the Georgia Coast is a new nonprofit dedicated to conservation across the entire Georgia Coast. It will become operational in early 2013.

The founding Executive Director of the Alliance for the Georgia Coast has an exciting opportunity: to launch, shape and build the Alliance into a high performing organization equipped for long-term impact and success. Read more about the position here. 

2.    October is Rivers Alive Month
Visit the RiversAlive website to find a cleanup near you.  Click here to go to the RiversAlive website

3.    Propose a Workshop for River Rally 2013
River Rally will be in St. Louis in 2013, and if you want to share your knowledge with a broad audience of river lovers, you need to get your workshop proposal in by October 18! Ideal workshops will focus on a combination of instruction and hands-on-skill-building, not just lecturing. Workshops that are results oriented, focus on success stories or lessons learned, and provide strategies for improved management and stewardship of watersheds are encouraged. Presenters get a $300 discount off registration!

Click here for more information about how to submit a River Rally proposal. 

4.    GA Water Wire: Water Supply Report Card
Shannon McCaffrey’s recent Atlanta Journal Constitution article about the Governor’s Water Supply Program (GWSP) awards and blatant political favoritism sparked my interest in the “Scoring Methodology” that the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) and Department of Community Affairs (DCA) used to evaluate the Round I applications.  Folks from GEFA, DCA, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, and others collectively whittled down the fifteen applications to a short-list including ten projects before seeking approval from the board of directors’ of GEFA and DCA, and then announcing eight awards on August 1.  Read more Georgia Waterwire here

5.    Introduction to the Clean Water Act Online Course
As the federal Clean Water Act turns 40, many state agencies face budget crunches that hamper environmental enforcement programs. The future of clean water in America may well rest with citizens and citizen groups making sure that laws like the federal Clean Water Act succeed. Fortunately, staff members and volunteers of grassroots water protection groups -- or any concerned citizen -- can learn everything and anything they need to know about our most important environmental law with just a few keystrokes.

River Network's online Clean Water Act course is a "go at your own speed" flexible learning tool that includes 10 lessons, as well as a collection of several short webinars and video interviews with state and local leaders.

If you value clean water, learn more about how to protect it. Take River Network’s CWA course here. 

6.    Save the Date: Weekend for Rivers 2013
Join Georgia River Network on April 6-7, 2013 for Weekend for Rivers, our annual Conference and River Celebration! The 2-day storytelling, partying and paddling event will be held at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia.

Weekend for Rivers gives us all a chance each year to get together and celebrate Georgia’s unique, beautiful rivers as a community of aficionados and advocates. Saturday, April 6th will be a day of inspiration, education and connections with folks who are as passionate about Georgia’s rivers as you are.  The day will include a series of short presentations and interactive forums that will paint a broad picture of the state of Georgia’s rivers and the people who work every day to protect and honor them, and this year we’re including a track focused on river issues, science and policy as well. We will be issuing a call for proposals October 31st, so start thinking about something you’d like to share.  We’d love to include you in our presenters at next year’s Weekend for Rivers, so keep in mind that you’ll be able to submit a proposal between October 31 and December 15, 2012.  

And to top off a day of inspiring presentations, join us for our annual River Celebration Party—you can come whether or not you can attend the rest of the weekend. That night, there will be an opportunity camp at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, wake up the next morning and paddle stretch of the beautiful Chattahoochee River!  So put Weekend for Rivers on your calendar and look for registration to open at the beginning of February, 2013!

7.    College students: Join us for River Connect – an Event at Google Atlanta
Georgia River Network, Google and metro Atlanta environmental and river protection and recreation organizations invite metro-Atlanta college students to join us for a fun night of networking, involvement, entertainment, and celebration.
This FREE event is hosted by Google at their Atlanta headquarters and will feature:
 ·    Yummy Food
 ·    Networking with organizations you can partner with to do service-projects and river and nature outings
 ·    A satellite link-up presentation by Rue Mapp, founder and director of Outdoor Afro, a social community that reconnects African-Americans with natural spaces and one another through recreational activities.
 ·    Exhibits by environmental and river protection and recreation organizations
 ·    Screenings of the winning videos in the “Summer-Water-Fun” contest
Please join us –we want to meet you!
This is a great opportunity to learn more about how you can get involved in enjoying and protecting metro-Atlanta’s rivers, lakes, and nature (and beyond!).
The following organizations will be present:
 ·    Georgia River Network
 ·    Sierra Club
 ·    Yellow River Conservation and Preservation
 ·    South River Watershed Alliance
 ·    Georgia Adopt-A-Stream
 ·    Rivers Alive
 ·    Georgia Canoe Association
 ·    The Nature Conservancy
 ·    National Wildlife Federation

Register for River Connect here. 

8.    Altamaha Riverkeeper Clam Jam 2012
When: Saturday, November 3rd
Where: Pine Marsh Farm in Brunswick, GA
Description: A benefit for the Altamaha Riverkeeper featuring the best of local seafood, music, dancing, friends, auction items, and fun.
Cost: $100/person

Register for Clam Jam online by October 25th at

9.    Save the Date: Adopt-A-Stream Confluence 2013
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 in-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.

Click here to see images from Confluence 2012 and hear what our volunteers said about Confluence.

10.    “Nothing But Tires” South River Tire Roundup
When: October 27, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: South River at Panola Shoal Trailhead, Panola Rd, Ellenwood, GA 30294

Illegally dumped tires are the most widespread source of litter in South River. When the water level in the river is low, the number of tires that are visible is astonishing. Plan to lend a hand on October 27 and help rid the river of this terrible eyesore. If you cannot commit to the entire four (4) hour event, your help for one or two hours can make a big difference.

Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes that can get wet are a must. Bring gloves and pointed blade shovel(s) if you have them available. Gloves and shovels will also be provided the day of the event. DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management will be on hand to help with moving tires from the riverbank to the pick-up site. Tire recycling will be provided by Liberty Tire Company.

This event may be cancelled due to weather. To register, please contact Jackie Echols at 404-285-3756 or email your name and phone number to

11.    Save the Date: Savannah Riverkeeper’s Roast on the River
Next year’s Roast on the River will be January 11, 2012. Enjoy great food and even better company on the river.

12.    Georgia Gives Day – Has Your Organization Signed Up to Participate?
“Give where you live” December 6, 2012 through

Georgia Gives Day is supported by cross-sector partnerships, a nonprofit Task Force, elected officials including our Governor, Secretary of State, and a growing partner network which includes leading media and corporate supporters across the state. Georgia Gives Day is poised to become a powerful annual movement that builds awareness of the work and worth of our state’s nonprofits, and galvanizes support for organizations across the state.

13.    Streamside Repair Workshop
When: November 30, 2012, 9:00 am—3:00 pm
Where: City Hall, 6505 Rico Road, Chattahoochee Hills, GA 30268
Cost:  $10 and includes lunch
Description: Learn about:
• sustainable solutions using native vegetation
• return streambanks to a healthy, attractive state
• backyard stream repair vs. large restoration projects
• native plants vs. invasive exotics
• helping homeowners tackle small-scale erosion problems
• the new Adopt-A-Stream Habitat Assessment
Bring your boots and come dressed to get in the creek for hands-on learning!
Register at for the Streamside Repair Workshop here.
Deadline is November 25, 2012

14.    Webinar: Three Ways to Tell Your Nonprofit's Stories
When: October 24, 1:00-2:00 PM
Description: Your nonprofit has stories - great stories - that need to be shared with your supporters. Unfortunately, too many nonprofits aren't quite sure the best way to tell those stories. During this webinar you will learn how to use 3 time-honored storytelling plots:

The Challenge Plot - The challenge plot is your basic, three-act structure that practically every Hollywood movie is based on. These are your classic underdog, against-all-odds stories.

The Creativity Plot - Creativity stories create those big "Aha!" moments and tell those "what if we ... " stories that work out in the end, even though the idea may seem a little too crazy or bold at the start.

The Connection Plot - Of the three different story plots, this one is the hardest to pull off. These stories usually have a little surprise or epiphany in them that really drives the point home. It's a nice little story, but the meaning doesn't become really profound until you add in those last few surprising details or revelations.

Register for the storytelling webinar here.

15.    Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Meeting
When: Thursday, November 8th, 8:30am - 4 pm
Where: UGA Stuckey Conference Center, 1109 Experiment St., Griffin, Georgia
Cost: $65
Register for the GA-EPPC Annual Meeting here.

16.    FAQ: Major Donor Development Program
This month, Davin Welter, Georgia River Network’s Development Director, answers a question he gets asked all the time:

Question: The nonprofit I’m involved with gets most of its funding from grants, but you always hear about nonprofits needing to diversify their funding sources in order to become more sustainable.  In particular, it seems fundraising experts recommend starting a major donor program.  We would like to do this, but where do we start?

Read Davin’s response here.

17.    A Board Member Crosses the Line
What to do with a rogue board member?

18.    Grant Opportunities
To view grant makers that give throughout the year, visit the grants page of our website HERE.

Merrell and Outdoor Nation recognize that sometimes the smallest awards can make the largest differences. For this reason, The Pack Project Activation Grant Program will be awarding a total of $12,500 to a minimum of 5 projects designed to give young individuals between the ages of 18 and 28 or 501c3 non-profit organizations the resources and funding needed to bring their innovation and active ideas to life. Grants will be awarded to the most innovative, impactful and sustainable projects focusing on increasing outdoor recreation in communities across the country.     

The deadline to apply for this second cycle of the grant is November 15, 2012, so apply today! For more information, visit the Outdoor Nation website

American Rivers-NOAA Community-Based Restoration Program is not accepting proposals for river restoration grants.  The new maximum award limit is $150,000 for Construction, Engineering Design, and Feasibility Analysis.
Eligible proposals are evaluated based upon the following priority criteria:  (1) ecological merits of the project, (2) technical feasibility of the project, (3) timeliness in completion of funded phase, (4) benefits provided to the local community, and (5) financial clarity and strength of the application. Successful applications will rate highly in each of these categories.
Applications are currently being accepted for 2013 project funding with a deadline of December 7, 2012. Applications for projects must be received by the deadline for consideration in this funding cycle. Potential applicants must contact American Rivers to discuss projects prior to submitting an application. 
Obtain the Application for Financial Assistance and Funding Guidelines on the American Rivers website,
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