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September 2012
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Georgia River Network News Stream
September 2012


News
1.    Help Georgia River Network Win a Grant
2.    Patagonia: Buy Shoes, Support Rivers!
3.    Energy-Water Collision Infographic
4.    Like us on Facebook!
5.    Job description: Alliance for the Georgia Coast
6.    Update: Paddle 12 Rivers in 2012 Challenge
7.    Georgia Water Wire Blog: Georgia’s Mulhollands: Newton County Genesis
8.    There’s Still Time to Donate to GRN’s Donor Challenge
9.    October is Rivers Alive Month
10.    Brag a Little on Watershed Wednesdays!

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
11.    Register Now: Water Trails That Work
12.    James Holland Exhibit in Athens
13.    Abstract Deadline: Georgia Water Resources Conference

14.    Georgia Gives Day
15.    "5 in 5" Soque Annual Celebration
16.    WWALS Watershed Seminar

Nonprofit Resources
17.    FAQ: Event Preplanning 
18.    Watch Your Digital Footprint
19.    Sell What They’re Buying

Fundraising Deadlines
20.    New Grant Opportunities

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1.    Chase Giving - Vote for Georgia River Network Today
Tis the election season… Vote for Georgia River Network TODAY!
Vote today for Georgia River Network in the Chase Community Giving program and help us get enough votes to share in $5 million in grants that we can use for river protection in Georgia.

You can vote for us in two ways:
Facebook users CLICK HERE to vote for GRN. AND, if you are a Chase customer you can also vote for us AGAIN by CLICKING HERE to vote for GRN to give us a second vote!

Facebook users will have the opportunity to earn one bonus vote on Facebook which you can cast for GRN. To have this chance, share information about the Chase Community Giving opportunity on your Facebook or Twitter and if someone clicks your link to cast a vote, you will earn a bonus vote!
Please support Georgia River Network by voting today!

2.    Patagonia:  Buy Shoes, Support Rivers!
Georgia River Network is pairing up with the Patagonia store in Atlanta for a fantastic fundraiser!  For each pair of Patagonia shoes sold in the Atlanta store between September 14 -30, Patagonia will contribute $10 to Georgia River Network.  As part of their Advocate Weeks Programs, Patagonia is donating to help serve local conservation and education efforts. The store is open 7 days a week and is located in the Buckhead neighborhood in Atlanta at 34 E Andrews Drive (30305) and can be reached by phone at (404) 266-8182.

3.    Energy-Water Collision Infographic
The Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative is excited to announce a new tool to foster understanding about the energy-water nexus: the Energy-Water Collision Infographic.  

Among water users, power plants are some of those most dependent on a reliable supply. And when they can’t get enough, the plants and their customers can get caught in the squeeze. We run the risk of brownouts and blackouts, just when the power is needed most. These are risks we can and should be working to minimize.

The infographic series helps break down both the problem and opportunity to help you communicate these issues with your supporters, the media, and decision makers.  Click here to view the infographic.

4.    Like Us on Facebook
Find out about river events, learn cool facts and enjoy photos.  "Like" our fan page on facebook HERE.

5.    Job description: 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.

6.    Update: Paddle 12 Rivers in 2012 Challenge
Congratulations to Bobby Marie, Rhonda Martin and Lonny Martin for joining Gerry Cowart in completing the "Paddle 12 Rivers in 2012 Challenge".  Read stories of their adventures by clicking here.

7.    Georgia Water Wire Blog: Georgia’s Mulhollands: Newton Co. Genesis
William Mulholland helped engineer the infamous interbasin transfer that moved water more than two-hundred miles from Owens River Valley farmers to Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley in 1913.  The fictional movie Chinatown (1974) was based on the actual water scheme that benefited real-estate speculators who dreamed of turning the sleepy southern California region into a suburban and agricultural paradise.

Click HERE to Read More Georgia Water Wire.

8.    There’s Still Time to Donate to GRN’s Donor Challenge
An anonymous couple has issued Georgia River Network a challenge.  If we can raise $10,000 in cash by October 1, they will match each gift dollar for dollar.  However, there is a catch, the gifts have to be $1,000 or more and must come from a donor who has not made a $1,000 gift to GRN before today.  The anonymous couple wants to encourage new major donors in the work of protecting Georgia’s rivers. This exciting challenge has the potential to generate $20,000 for GRN’s mission!

Double Your Financial Gift
GRN is thrilled about this opportunity and hopes that you will be excited as well.  Here is a great chance to make your generous $1,000 gift become a $2,000 gift immediately.

If you have any questions or are willing to accept this challenge, please contact Davin Welter at: davin@garivers.org or 706.549-4508.

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

10.    Brag a Little on Watershed Wednesdays!
Every Wednesday River Network (national) focuses on one Partner group's activity, success, milestone event or just plain cool idea and promote it as best as they can nationally. River Network tweets about it, blogs on it, features it on their website and does whatever other social network bragging that they can about your excellent work. Find out more about Watershed Wednesdays HERE.

11.    Register Now: Water Trails That Work
GRN's 4th Water Trails Workshop:Water Trails That Work
October 13th, 2012 along the Yellow River in Porterdale, Georgia

Georgia River Network’s 4th Water Trails Workshop is bringing together experts and representatives from around the State to speak on the crucial elements of water trails, providing insight and resources from their many experiences, efforts, challenges and success stories in the water trails world.

Click here to get the details and register now for Water Trails That Work.

12.    James Holland Exhibit in Athens
The University of Georgia College of Environment and Design will host an opening reception for the exhibition “Altamaha: The Environmental History of a Great American River” on Sept. 20 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Circle Gallery, located in the new Jackson Street Building on 285 South Jackson Street.

The exhibition will celebrate the Altamaha, Georgia’s mightiest river, through the photographs of James Holland, who was one of the founders of the Altamaha Riverkeeper in 1999. The exhibition will pair Holland’s photographs with a variety of other materials exploring the cultural and natural history of the river.

During the event, which is free and open to the public, copies of Altamaha: A River and Its Keeper, published by the University of Georgia Press in June 2012, will be available for purchase. The book features 230 of Holland’s photographs, along with essays by Georgia authors Janisse Ray and Dorinda Dallmeyer, a College of Environment and Design faculty member.

The Altamaha exhibition will be on view through Oct. 31st and is open to visitors during UGA working hours. Sponsors include the College of Environment and Design, the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program, Georgia Sea Grant, the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the University of Georgia Press, Georgia Museum of Natural History, the Georgia River Network and the Altamaha Riverkeeper.

13.   
Abstract Deadline: Georgia Water Resources Conference
The University of Georgia will host the 2013 Georgia Water Resources Conference, a biennial forum to discuss issues facing the state's water resources, April 10 and 11, 2103 in Athens, Georgia at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center at The Georgia Center. Deadline for abstracts is October 1For more information about GWRC, click HERE.

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

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.

15.    "5 in 5" Soque Annual Celebration
When: Fri, October 19, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Sutton Mill, 129 Swain Wood Rd, Clarkesville, GA 30523
Description: FREE event for members and supporters of Soque River Watershed Association. "5 in 5" stands for $5000 in 5 days - an annual SRWA fundraiser. More to details can be found at www.soque.org.  To become a member OR to renew your membership, contact Kimberly at srwa@windstream.net.

16.    Willacoochee, Withlacoochee, Alapaha and Little River System Watershed Seminar
Presentations Pot Luck Lunch/Discussion Arboretum Walk
When: 10:00 am Saturday 22 September, 2012
Where: Seminar Room, NESPAL Building 2360 Rainwater Road Tifton Campus, University of Georgia
Register online at: www.wwals.net. "Click on Events."

17.   FAQ: Event Preplanning

Each month, Jesslyn Shields, Georgia River Network’s Watershed Support Coordinator, answers a question she gets asked a lot by river group staff and boards. Here’s this month’s question:

Question: I’m on the board of a small watershed group, and we're in the early stages of planning our first event.  It’s not going to be anything fancy, but we want to do it right.  Any advice on things we can do on the front end of the planning process that will ensure the event goes smoothly?


Read Jesslyn's response HERE.

18.    Watch Your Digital Footprint
Click here for tips on how to manage your online profile.

19.    Sell What They’re Buying
Click here to read a how wind power found a home in coal country.

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

•    $1,400 Grants to Support Stream Monitors
Non-point source pollution such as stormwater poses the most significant threat to the ecological quality and integrity of our nation’s waterways. Stream monitoring is one way that youth groups can help their municipal, county, state, and federal governments in receiving data that they can use to better address the needs of our waterways. Moreover, this grant intentionally funds composting bins and rain barrels which each play a role in intercepting and minimizing stormwater. Greening Forward is looking to empower 10 youth groups across the country to do environmental problem-solving in this issue area. Please apply before September 25th at 12am EST and contact Marissa Vessels at marissa@greeningforward.org if you have any questions. Grants will be distributed by November 1st.

•    $1,400 Grants to Support School Rain Gardens
Non-point source pollution such as stormwater poses the most significant threat to the ecological quality and integrity of our nation’s waterways.  Rain gardens serve a meaningful role in intercepting stormwater by capturing and filtering pollutants before they reach our sensitive waterways. Moreover, this grant intentionally funds composting bins and rain barrels which each play a role in intercepting and minimizing stormwater. Greening Forward is looking to empower 10 youth groups across the country to do environmental problem-solving in this issue area. Please apply before September 25th at 12am EST and contact Marissa Vessels at marissa@greeningforward.orgif you have any questions. Grants will be distributed by November 1st.


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