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October 2009
In This Issue

     Last Week to Vote for GRN at Patagonia Store - Atlanta
2.      GRN Annual Conference Save the Date - Jekyll Island
3.      Governor Creates New "Water Contingency Task Force"
4.      Regional Water Planning Update
5.      River Jobs
6.      Tonya Bonitatibus Named Savannah Riverkeeper
7.      Call for River Rally Workshop Presentations - Utah
8.      Paddle Georgia 09 Monitoring Data on Web 

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
9.    SE Water Trails Conference - Chattanooga
10.  REI Perimeter Celebrates National Parks
11.  Environmental Leadership Institute Training - MD
12.  UGA Nonprofit Board Seminar Schedule - Athens
13.  ICL Leadership and Fundraising Programs
14.  Webcast - Climate Change and Water Resources
15.  Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Conference and Awards

Group Spotlight
16.  Congratulations to SRWA on a Great Event 

17.  EPA Datafinder
18.  Toolkit for Working in Coalitions and Groups

Fundraising Deadlines
19.  Grants

1.      Voice Your Choice - Visit the Patagonia Store in Atlanta and Vote GRN!
Voice Your Choice, vote for GRN in the Patagonia store in Atlanta by Saturday, October 24. Help us win $2500!


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.


3.      Governor Creates New "Water Contingency Task Force"
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 the access of Lake Lanier for water supply. Contingency planning is part of the Governor's four-pronged strategy for addressing the ruling. The other strategies include congressional action, negotiations and appeal of the decision.  The task force includes several dozen leaders from business, government and 4 representatives of conservation organizations. The task force met for the first time last week and will meet two more times and present recommendations before the January 2010 legislative session. The Task Force says its work will focus on 3 areas:

  1. Conserve: Manage Demand. Water efficiency programs, loss reduction, and recycling and reuse
  2. Capture: New or expanded sources of water. Reservoirs - expansion of existing and new, Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR), Desalinization, and new groundwater sources.
  3. Control: Policy or process changes. Corps policy updates, paying for water allocation, and supply integration and water transfers.

Georgia River Network is working with the Georgia Water Coalition to work with the appointees to ask that the Task Force's recommendations:

  • Not deprive downstream communities of the chance for future economic growth, prosperity and ecological health.
  • Before "Capture" and "Control" strategies are pursued, support the aggressive use of water conservation first in Metro Atlanta which will create a "hidden reservoir" of water at a price per gallon significantly less than that of constructing new reservoirs or other water supply projects and will also protect downstream communities.
  • Are based upon accurate water demand projections.

You can view a list of the appointees by clicking here. We encourage you to contact any member you might know and ask them to protect downstream communities and pursue water conservation and efficiency first. 

4.     Regional Water Planning Update
The next and last round of meetings for 2009 will be in mid November.  EPD will convene joint council meetings in January and April for councils that share the same river basins and aquifers.  At the January meeting EPD is scheduled to roll-out the long-awaited resource assessment data on water quantity and quality. These joint meetings will be critical for the council members and for Coalition partners alike to attend and to ensure that upstream and downstream issues are held in check.  For detailed information on the water planning process contact Shana Udvardy ( or go to 

5.      River Jobs
Savannah Riverkeeper - Executive Director
Satilla Riverkeeper - Executive Director and Riverkeeper
Visit for the job description.

6.      Tonya Bonitatibus Named Savannah Riverkeeper
Augusta, GA - The Board of Directors of the Savannah Riverkeeper announced that Tonya K Bonitatibus, the Development Director for the Savannah Riverkeeper since 2007, became the Riverkeeper effective September 15, 2009.  Board Chair, Walter Clay reported that Bonitatibus was chosen after an exhaustive search and interview process. Tonya was born and raised in Augusta Ga.  She graduated Greenbrier High School, and received a BBA from Augusta State University.  Since graduating she has worked with the Savannah Riverkeeper and Oceana.  Tonya stated that she is "very honored to be provided with this opportunity, and looks forward to a very long and productive career protecting the Savannah River, both for citizens today and the generations to come." 

7.      Call for River Rally Workshop Presentations, UT
If you are interested in presenting a workshop at next year's National River Rally in Snowbird, UT, consider submitting a workshop proposal. The deadline is Oct. 22nd.  Visit

8.      Paddle Georgia 09 Monitoring Data On Web
Georgia Adopt-A-Stream has posted the monitoring data from Paddle Georgia 2009 on their website. You can view the map at and the data at
9.      SE Water Trails Conference - Chattanooga
October 29-30, 2009 Southeast Watershed Forum Water Trails Conference, Chattanooga, TN 
Joe Cook and Dana Skelton will be keynote speakers at this conference! 

10.   REI Perimeter Celebrates The National Parks: America's Best Idea
Georgia River Network presents on 5 Years of Paddle Georgia at 7pm on October 22. Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Sally Bethea will give a talk at 7 pm, October 21. Other events are listed here. 

  Environmental Leadership Institute - MD
A program of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
November 8th - 13th, 2009 in Potomac, MD
The League of Conservation Voters Education Fund will be holding the only Environmental Leadership Institute(tm) (ELI(r)) of 2009 in Potomac, Maryland.  This session will begin the afternoon on Sunday, November 8th and end late afternoon on Friday, November 13th. Attendance is limited to 32 participants. Registration will open August 14th. Visit Several GRN staff members have attended this training, and all highly recommend it.  If you have questions call Jesslyn, Dana or April at 706-549-4508. 

12.   UGA Nonprofit Board Seminar Schedule - Athens
The Nonprofit Program of the Terry College of Business, University of Georgia, announces its fall seminars on the following Wednesdays:  Oct. 21, and   Nov. 18. The seminars are held from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in Room 137 of the Tate Center on the UGA campus and cover the following topics: Responsibilities of Board Members, Strategic Planning, Working with Volunteers, and Fund Raising.  Boards may send up to four members at one time. There is no charge You may register for the 10/21 Seminar online at the Program's website registration page:   Or, contact the Nonprofit Office at 706-542-3750. Or, send an email to  You may sign up for the November 18 seminar online beginning one month before the seminar--Oct. 18.  Board members must receive a confirmation to be officially registered before attending because seating is limited each session.

   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 

14.   Webcast - Climate Change and Water Resources 
The EPA is hosting a free Webcast on October 27 from 1-3 Eastern entitled "Working Together to Address the Effects of Climate Change on Water Resources."  If you are interested in registering, visit

15.      Georgia Adopt A Stream Conference and Award Nominations
Georgia Adopt-A-Stream is looking for individual volunteers and groups, local public utilities, RDC's and government agencies that have gone above and beyond to support and protect our waterways and supporting the Adopt A Stream mission to create awareness about water quality issues and partnerships, while collecting baseline water quality data.  Just send Georgia Adopt-A-Stream a short essay explaining why your nominee deserves the award. Deadline is Friday, January 22nd, 2010. Email

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 or contact the State Office at 404.675.6240. 

16.  Soque River Watershed Association Roast a SuccessThe Soque River Watershed Association Roast at the home of Lincoln and Lisa Blackwood was a giant success! The event ended up with well over 150 total attendees and SRWA exceeded their fundraising goals with a gross of $11,320 and a net of $8,500. More importantly everyone had glowing remarks regarding everything from the location, the food, the auction items, the decorations and hosts. To get a feel for all the hubbub and excitement take a look at these great photos courtesy of our event photographer Lane Gresham: 

17. EPA Datafinder
Data Finder is a single place to find EPA's data sources so people can access and understand environmental information. All of the data sources are available on the Internet and have been organized by topics such as air, water, and chemicals. 

18.   Toolkit for Working in Coalitions and GroupsA toolkit from ICL  -

19.  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    

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:

BoatU.S. Foundation (Safe Boating Grants) is dedicated to promoting safe and environmentally sensitive boating. Grants of up to $4,000 are provided to local volunteer organizations for the promotion of boating safety education and clean boating education. Visit Deadline: November 1 each year.

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

Conservation Alliance funds projects that seek to protect a specific wild land or waterway for its habitat and recreational values. The campaign should engage grassroots citizen action in support of the conservation effort. They do not fund general education or scientific research projects. All projects should be quantifiable with specific goals, objectives, and action plans, and should include a clear measure for evaluating success. The project should have a good chance of closure or significant measurable results over a fairly short term (one to three years). To apply, you must have a member of Alliance first nominate you. Nominations due May 1 and November 1 annually. You can learn more at the website:

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

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

The Fund for Wild Nature provides grants to grassroots projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for campaigns to save and restore native species and wild ecosystems, including actions to defend wilderness and biological diversity. The Fund seeks proposals with visionary as well as realistic goals to create tangible change. Special attention is given to ecological issues not currently receiving sufficient public attention and funding. The Fund supports advocacy, litigation, public policy work, development of citizen science, and similar endeavors. The deadlines for 2009 are May 1 and November 1. Visit

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: The Foundation's areas of interest include: education, community enrichment, and the environment. Visit

Home Depot Foundation
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

The American Honda Foundation supports projects in the areas of youth and scientific education. The Foundation defines "youth" as prenatal through 21 years of age. "Scientific education" encompasses the physical and life sciences, mathematics, and the environmental sciences. The Foundation provides grants for K-12 education, higher education, and other nonprofit organizations that focus on youth and/or scientific education. Only projects that are national in scope will be considered for funding by the Foundation. Application deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 of each year. Visit

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

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

Norcross Wildlife Foundation provides funding for equipment and publications. Grants range from $1,000 - $5,000. Visit

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 

The NOAA Open Rivers Initiative (ORI) provides funding and technical assistance to catalyze the implementation of locally-driven projects to remove dams and other river barriers, in order to benefit living marine and coastal resources, particularly diadromous fish. Projects funded through the Open Rivers Initiative must feature strong on-the-ground habitat restoration components that foster economic, educational, and social benefits for citizens and their communities in addition to long-term ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources. Proposals selected for funding through this solicitation will be implemented through a cooperative agreement. Funding of up to $6,000,000 is expected to be available for ORI Project Grants in FY 2010. The NOAA Restoration Center within the Office of Habitat Conservation will administer this grant initiative, and anticipates that typical awards will range from $200,000 to $750,000. Although a select few may fall outside of this range, project proposals requesting less than $100,000 or greater than $3,000,000 will not be accepted or reviewed.  Deadline November 16. Click here to view the website.  

Norman Foundation - Environmental Justice grants. Deadline Dec 1, 2009. Visit

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

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

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

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

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