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July 2013
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Georgia River Network News Stream
July 2013

1.    Paddle GA 2013 Recap
2.    Get Your Copy of the “Etowah River User’s Guide” TODAY
3.    GRN Photo Contest
4.    Investigating In Capacity Building Pays!
5.    Coosa River Basin Initiative Job Announcements
6.    Water Words That Work Job Announcement

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
7.    Join GRN for the Final 3 of 4 Seasons Hidden Gems River Trips
8.    Satilla Riverkeeper Annual Gala
9.    Motivation, Money, Media - Half Day Seminar
10.    SweetWater & Waterkeeper "Save Our Water" Campaign
11.    Water-Smart Power: Strengthening the U.S. Electricity System in a Warming World
12.    Mountain Film Festival
13.    Webinar: Databases for River & Watershed Groups

Grassroots Highlight
14.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Works With City to Stop Sewage Spill  

Nonprofit Resources
15.    FAQ: Making Term Limits Work for Your Board
16.    Smart Chart 3.0
17.    Give Your Interns Real Responsibility

Fundraising Deadlines
18.    New Grant Opportunities


1.    Paddle GA 2013 Recap
Paddle Georgia 2013 took place on June 15-21 on 106 miles of the Lower Flint. It was our best year yet, and we raised more than $40,000 for river protection in Georgia!

To re-live some of the moments through newspaper and other media reports, click this link.
• Check out Paddle Georgia's photo-packed virtual tour of the journey compiled by GRN staff and Paddle Georgia participants.
• Re-live the trip via Joe’s excellent summary of the trip in stories and pictures and Gwyneth's entertaining daily blogs and pics from the trip.
• Check out our Paddle Georgia photo albums on our Facebook page. You don't have to be on Facebook to view, but if you are on Facebook be sure to "like" us - we'll be posting new albums over the coming weeks and you don't want to miss them.
• Check out Joe's photos from the trip here.

Thanks to our Paddle Georgia Sponsors:
Georgia Power; Hennessy Land Rover Centres; Patagonia; Oglethorpe Power Corporation; StreamTechs; Stack and Associates; Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center; Cellairis; Len Foote Hike Inn; Chambliss, Sheppard, Roland & Baxter LLP; China Clay Producers Association; Kettle Chips; Sea to Summit; The Outside World; Carrier Transicold; Cafe Campesino; Jackson Spalding; The Rain Barrel Depot; Half Moon Outfitters; Coca-Cola Refreshments

Paddle Georgia 2013 Partners: Georgia Canoe Association, Flint Riverkeeper, Georgia Adopt–A – Stream, Project WET

2.    Get Your Copy of the “Etowah River User’s Guide” TODAY
The first in a series of Georgia River Network Guidebooks, the “Etowah River User’s Guide,” authored by Joe Cook and published in cooperation with Coosa River Basin Initiative, is an appealing and handy look at the biologically diverse and beautiful Etowah River in North Georgia. Printed on waterproof paper by the University of Georgia Press, the book offers a fascinating history of the area and information valuable for novice or experienced paddlers as well as fishermen. It also will help explorers understand the threats facing the river and what steps can be taken to protect it for future generations. To purchase your copy, call 706-549-4508 or come by the Georgia River Network office. Price: $21 including tax, $24 including tax and shipping.

Joe Cook is the author of the Georgia River Network Guidebook series published by the UGA Press, is coordinator of Georgia River Network’s Paddle Georgia Event, and the executive director of the Coosa River Basin Initiative.

3.    GRN Photo Contest
Each month we will have a different theme and invite you to send us a photo that you think best represents the topic of the month. The June photo contest theme is "Favorite Paddle Georgia Photo" Click here to learn more and submit your photos. Or, click here to visit our homepage to view a slideshow of the June entries and winner:

4.    Investing in Capacity Building Pays!
In 2012, 154 river and watershed organizations from across the country (including a lot of groups in Georgia!) submitted a “status report” as part of River Network's new online assessment tool. The trends are encouraging: for the 45 groups who provided data for three years or more, groups grew their total budgets by an average of 47%, from the time that they submitted their first survey to their most recent, a combined growth of $3.2 million at a time when funding for overall nonprofits was just about holding steady. The lion’s share of that growth went to organizations that had fundraising and strategic plans when they submitted their first survey, confirming River Network’s long-held belief in the importance of organizational best management practices.

If your organization has not recently filled out River Network’s online Organizational Status Report, please do! The information you provide helps River Network create a complete picture of the strength of our watershed movement. It will also help you track your organization’s capacity as it changes over time.

5.    Coosa River Basin Initiative Job Announcements
CRBI seeks an Executive Director with an established track record of success in managing staff, fundraising and environmental advocacy.Applications are now being accepted. Click here for more information. CRBI also seeks a Membership Coordinator to manage CRBI's membership database and membership correspondence. Click here for more information.

Applicants should send resume, cover letter, writing sample and three references to: Joe Cook, CRBI, 408 Broad St., Rome, GA 30161 or Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.

6.    Water Words That Work Job Announcement
Water Words That Work, LLC seeks a long-term, part-time, work-from-home contractor to offer communication and outreach webinar trainings to conservation professionals.

Webinar participants are typically involved in MS4 education and outreach programs, rolling out new stormwater utilities, advising communities how to prepare for climate change, raising funds and recruiting volunteers for their nonprofit organization, advocating for stronger environmental laws and policies, and promoting related programs.

Trainings are offered during traditional business hours. Each training lasts approximately 90 minutes. Both the trainer and trainees can join from any location with high-speed Internet access and a reliable phone connection.

Here’s a link to the full description:

7.    Join Us for the Final 3 of 4 Seasons Hidden Gems River Trips
Join GRN for 3 more Hidden Gems Paddling Events. Three different occasions to discover some of the hidden gems on Georgia's waterways. Each river trip will include presentations along the route, ranging from natural history and water quality testing to river clean-up training and kayak fishing. Find details and register at

•    August 4: Etowah River Paddle and Etowah River User’s Guide Book Launch Party with Coosa River Basin Initiative, Upper Etowah River Alliance, and Cherokee Historical Society
•    Sept. 7: Central Savannah Watershed Paddle with Georgia Kayak Fishing-Paddle 4 Tomorrow & Savannah Riverkeeper
•    Nov. 16: Altamaha River Watershed Paddle with Off Grid Expeditions, Rivers Alive & Altamaha Riverkeeper

8.    Satilla Riverkeeper Annual Gala
When: Saturday, August 3rd
Where: Strickland’s Satilla Lodge, Raybon, GA
Join Satilla Riverkeeper at their 9th Annual Gala and welcome their new Riverkeeper, Ashby Nix!
Register here:

9.    Motivation, Money, Media - Half Day Seminar
When:  Friday, July 19th, 9:30 AM-1:30 AM
Where: Southface Eco-Office, 241 Pine Street NE, Atlanta, GA, 30308
Cost: $40
Southeast Green and Southface are hosting a half day seminar to address some of the top issues you are faced with running your non-profit: How do I motivate change? How do I get more grant money to do it? Is there something else I can be doing with social media?

10.    SweetWater & Waterkeeper "Save Our Water" Campaign
From July 4 through Labor Day retailers are teaming up with SweetWater Brewery and Waterkeeper Alliance to help protect our rivers and waterways with the "Save Our Water" campaign.  

Since 1999, waterkeeper alliance has actively worked to protect our rivers and waterways around the world. With more than 30 Waterkeepers alone in the Southeast, the Waterkeeper Alliance:

Watrerkeeper HAS STOPPED hundreds of illegal discharges into our local rivers and waterways, removed tons of trash, provided education to tens of thousands of students, patrolled huge stretches of waterways and forced governments and industries to comply with clean water laws.

You can make a pledge to help your local Waterkeeper or find out about Save Our Water Events here:

11.    Water-Smart Power: Strengthening the U.S. Electricity System in a Warming World
When: Monday, July 22, 2013, 6:00-7:30 pm EST
Where: Southface Eco-Office - Home Depot Foundation Training Center
241 Pine Street NE, Atlanta, GA, 30308
Refreshments will be provided!
The Energy and Water in a Warming World initiative (EW3) is a collaborative effort between the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and a team of independent experts to build and synthesize policy-relevant research on the water demands of energy production in the context of climate variability and change.
Experts from EW3, including report authors John Rogers and Sandra Sattler of UCS, will visit Southface in Atlanta on Monday, July 22, 2013 from 6-7:30 pm to discuss findings of their second major report to be released in mid-July, Water-Smart Power: Strengthening the U.S. Electricity System in a Warming World. Water-Smart Power is based on comprehensive new research about the water implications of electricity choices in the United States under a range of pathways, at a range of geographic scales. The EW3 research focused on the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) and the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) basins in particular.
The report aims to provide critical information to inform and shape decisions about power plants and electricity supply, such that those choices safeguard water resources, reduce power sector carbon emissions, and provide reliable electricity at a reasonable price, even in the context of a changing climate and other water resource pressures.
The first report from EW3, Freshwater Use by U.S. Power Plants (Averyt et al. 2011), documented the energy-water “collisions” already being felt as a result of the power plant dependence on water. In that research, they found that past power plant fuel and cooling technology decisions are contributing to increased water stress in many areas of the country.
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Sara Barczak with Southern Alliance for Clean Energy at or 912-201-0354.

12.    Mountainfilm Festival in Atlanta
When: September 6th & 7th, 2013
Where: Plaza Theater, Atlanta, GA
Mountainfilm on Tour is a traveling showcase of inspiring, adventurous, and humorous short films centered around the environment and outdoor activity. All shorts are curated from the 2013 Mountainfilm in Telluride Film Festival.  Mountainfilm and the Atlanta Film Festival are proud to bring these screenings, presented by Morgan Stanley, to the Plaza Theatre for Mountainfilm on Tour ATL. Screenings will feature conversations with filmmakers and local experts, as well as an eco-friendly festival experience.

Friday 9/6
6:30 pm - Opening Reception, Short Films at 7:30 pm

Saturday 9/7
1:00 pm - Family Friendly Screening with improv and discussion

Saturday 9/7
7:00 pm - VIP Drinks with the Director of Mountainfilm on Tour, screening, and discussion

Watch the Mountainfilm in Telluride festival intro, with excerpts from many of the films to be featured at Mountainfilm on Tour ATL.

Find out more at

13.    Databases for River & Watershed Groups (60 minute webinar)
Participants/Pre-Reqs: Take the 2013 Survey of databases for river and watershed groups.
Date: Thursday, July 18, 1:00 PM
Length: 60 minutes
RSVP: The webinar is free, but an RSVP is required.
Please RSVP at least 24-hours in advance of the starting time.
Summary: Looking for a member/donor/volunteer database that better meets your needs? Baird Straughan will describe the “spectrum” of databases, from lists to spreadsheets to databases that reside on your computer to the latest “client relationship management systems” on the web. At each level you’ll consider the pro’s and con’s, and learn which pieces of software other river and watershed groups have ranked highest. We’ll consider what benefits the different pieces of software can provide, what they require of you, how much they cost and whether they’re really worth it. You’ll leave having decided what level of database makes sense for your organization, and what a couple of good options are.
Pre-work: Be able to answer this question: What is one thing you would like to be able to do, or do more easily, that would make it worth it to move to another database?

14.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Works With City to Stop Sewage Spill  
Nearly 10,000 gallons of raw sewage entered Atlanta's Tanyard Creek this month when a private lift station at an apartment complex shut down, causing the waste to flow directly into the stream instead of into the city's sewer system. Power at the complex had been turned off because of bill non-payment.

The sewage contaminated the creek, which flows through the Collier Hills neighborhood, with extremely high bacteria levels (>120,000 MPN) and caused a large fish kill.

CRK investigated the spill through their Neighborhood Water Watch Program and brought it to the attention of the city's Department of Watershed Management (DWM). Personnel from DWM located the source and had the power restored. CRK’s water samples taken the week after the spill show that life is returning to Tanyard Creek and that bacteria levels have dropped to 600 MPN — 235 MPN is the standard for body contact/recreation. CRK will continue to monitor this situation.
FAQ: Making Term Limits Work for Your Board
Each month Jesslyn Shields, our Watershed Support Coordinator, answers some tough questions she gets asked about sticky nonprofit problems.  This month she talks about how to make board term limits work for your organization. Click here to read some of Jesslyn's past Nonprofit FAQs.

16.    Smart Chart 3.0
Communications campaign planning is rarely an easy process. If the budget isn't too small, the deadline is too tight - and even on those rare occasions when both time and money are in sufficient supply, you still must answer some daunting questions. Who is your primary target audience? How do they see this issue, and how will you reach them with your message?
In the heat of such planning, many good causes make a common mistake. "The tendency is always to start with tactics and work backwards from there," says Kristen Grimm, President of Spitfire Strategies. So, to help nonprofits and foundations stay focused, Spitfire Strategies created the Smart Chart in 2003.
Ten years down the road, Smart Chart 3.0 remains a powerful planning tool, whether you're simply writing a press release or planning an elaborate multimedia campaign. And best of all, it's free!

16.    Give Your Interns Real Responsibility!
Turn Your Interns Into Effective Leaders!

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

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