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November 2012
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Georgia River Network News Stream
November 2012

1.    Georgia Water Coalition names “Dirty Dozen” for 2013
2.    GA Water Wire Blog Post: Water Supply Report Card
3.    The Importance of a Good Database
4.    Friday the Last Day to Register for Georgia Gives Day
5.    Water Quality Data at Your Fingertips

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
6.    Weekend for Rivers: Request for Proposals
7.    South River “River Walk”
8.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Member Celebration
9.    Flint Riverkeeper Holiday Dinner
10.    Celebrate  20 Years of Environmental Education Alliance
11.    Environmental Leadership Program 2013 Taking Applications
12.    Streamside Repair Workshop

Nonprofit Resources
13.    FAQ:  Get More People to Your Events
14.    River Protection 101
15.    The 5 Parts of a Perfect Pitch

Fundraising Deadlines
16.    New Grant Opportunities


1.    Georgia Water Coalition names “Dirty Dozen” for 2013
This week, Georgia Water Coalition named its “Dirty Dozen” for 2012, exposing the worst offenses to Georgia’s water. The sites range from an unnecessary reservoir in northeast Georgia to a tire dump in southwest Georgia. 

Topping the list for the second year in a row is the Ogeechee River where a textile manufacturing plant’s toxic discharge led to the death of some 38,000 fish in May 2011. A hazardous waste site adjacent to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Glades Reservoir proposed near Gainesville, a Flint River groundwater injection experiment near Albany, Richland Creek Reservoir proposed in Paulding County and Rayonier’s pulp mill in Jesup round out the top six.

Minimum flow requirements on the Chattahoochee in Atlanta ranked seventh on the list, followed by a century-old navigational cut through the Satilla River salt marsh, a landfill with ties to Gov. Nathan Deal in Gainesville, Tired Creek Reservoir proposed near Cairo, the expansion of the Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant on the Savannah River and a tire dump in Cuthbert.

The Coalition’s full report details the history of each site and provides solutions to correct these ongoing pollution problems and eliminate the listed threats. It is available online at

2.    GA Water Wire Blog Post: Water Supply Report Card
The 2012 summer drought came on fast and strong.  To date, Georgia has only gotten brief respite from two tropical storms (Beryl and Debby) – the long sought after wet “natural disasters” that were supposed to save us from the dry “natural disaster.”

The Governor’s office said they were mum on drought because “Georgia was better prepared for it this time,” according to this Macon Telegraph story.  The Los Angeles Times offered a different reason in a recent report, and identified drought and an inadequate water supply as bad publicity for business during a recession.

Click here to read the full Water Wire post.

3.    The Importance of a Good Database
It could be that a good database won the 2012 Presidential election.   The Obama campaign's database allowed them to crunch the numbers in a way that allowed them to predict how much money they could raise, the behavior of voters, etc.  Obama’s database is the wave of the future - and its lessons are ones that even small to mid-size environmental organizations can use.

Here's a great piece in Time on the data-driven approach that made the Obama campaign so confident in its predictions.

And here are three take-aways from it:
a.    If you haven't already, set your whole organization up on one single database. (So all the different parts of your organization can learn about your constituents.)
b.    Test test test.  (When the Obama campaign offered donors a chance at dinner with the President and George Clooney, they had actually tested George Clooney's draw with their most likely West Coast donors - women between 40 and 49.  They tested their email subject lines and their addresses.  In some cases, changing the person an email came from increased its open rate 10-fold.  This is how they reached $1B in individual donations, half of it from small donors.)
c.    Facebook is a great motivator - if you can get friends to lobby their friends.  (But just FYI, Facebook has begun charging some organizations if they want their posts to reach all their fans.  Facebook's new "pay to play" approach is worrying nonprofits that have invested in building their fan base.)
The overall lesson: Campaigns (and organizations) no longer need to go to outside experts for educated guesses about what will work best.  Using the technology at hand, they become their own experts in what works and doesn't work for their particular constituency.

So now might be a goodtime to start thinking about your organization’s database.  To read more about your database options, read this article

And here's some information on the WaterGrass database, a database designed specifically for watershed organizations.

4.    Friday the Last Day to Register for Georgia Gives Day
Over 1,000 organizations are participating in Georgia Gives Day, a statewide, multi-media advertising campaign has launched … and Dec. 6 is fast approaching!

This Friday, Nov. 16, is the last day for your nonprofit to enroll, so don’t delay. Register now and get started building your profile over the next few weeks. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with new donors and extend your nonprofit’s fundraising on Georgia Gives Day!

Register for Georgia Gives Day here!

5.    Water Quality Data at Your Fingertips
A new EPA app called My Waterways provides an easy and fun way to get a snapshot of the quality of water in your local creeks, rivers, and lakes. The new app allows users with a mobile device (or just your computer) to use their device's location (or enter a zip code) to download information on waters within a 5-mile radius. The data includes information on when the water was last monitored, whether or not it is polluted, and what's being done about the pollution. Click here to view My Waterways.

6.    Weekend for Rivers: Request for Proposals
In 2013, Weekend for Rivers is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act by focusing on "The Value of Water."  So, that means we want to know why YOU value water!

Next year, Weekend for Rivers will take place on April 6-7, 2013 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia. And we not only want you to attend our annual river celebration event – we want you to participate! This is your opportunity to share any of the myriad reasons you appreciate the rivers and streams closest to your heart.  And we want you to express it in any way you like: with a speech, photography, poetry, music, art…the possibilities are endless!  The only rule: no boring Power Points!

So, start thinking about how you could put your expertise, ideas, stories and talents on display! Are you a scientist or student researching something interesting about Georgia’s rivers? Do you have a business that uses interesting technologies to protect rivers and water? Are you a historian with a unique historical or cultural perspective on water in Georgia?   If you've got something cool you want to share, we really want to hear about it!

So, view the call for proposals HERE or email Jesslyn Shields at with questions.  Deadline for submissions is December 17th, 2012.

7.    South River “River Walk”
When: Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EST)
Where: PATH Southtowne Trail parking lot, Atlanta
Description: Join members and supporters of South River Watershed Alliance as we explore a section of South River that flows through the City of Atlanta upstream of Browns Mills Golf Course.  The river walk promises to be educational and fun. It will be an opportunity for DeKalb County residents to meet upstream neighbors and City of Atlanta residents to meet downstream neighbors. We will meet at the at 9:30AM for a 10:00AM start time.  The walk should cover approximately one-plus mile and take approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours depending on pace and number of stops.  Click here for more information on the South River “River Walk.”

8.    Celebrate  20 Years of Environmental Education Alliance
EEA wraps up it’s 20th anniversary year and invites you to an evening of fun and fellowship with your fellow educators!
When: Friday, November 16, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Chattachoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075
Come reminisce, catch up, and just relax during their low-key evening.  Bring games, stories to share, and your family!  They will be having a campfire, smores, and self-guided hikes.  Think of it as sort of a “nature tailgate”.  Unwind after a long week amongst friends!  This event is FREE, but please bring $5 if you want to pitch in for pizza.

For more information, check out the EEA website.

9.    Flint Riverkeeper Holiday Dinner
When: December 8th, 4-8 PM
Where: White Oak Pastures (Bluffton, GA)
Cost: $50/person
Description: Farm Tours, Locally-Grown Dinner, Annual Awards, Raffle and Silent Auction. Dress is cozy casual.  For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jayme Smith at 229-220-9796 or

10.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Member Celebration
When:  Sunday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Oakhurst Community Garden, Decatur,  GA
Cost: Free!
Description: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is putting on this event to thank their members and volunteers for the hard work and support provided to Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) this year.

In addition to enjoying the garden, music, food and beverages (including SweetWater), you'll hear about the Georgia Water Coalition's 2013 legislative priorities from several of their partners: Stephanie Stuckey Benfield of GreenLaw, Todd Edwards of Association County Commissioners of Georgia, and William Perry of Common Cause. Riverkeeper Sally Bethea also will provide an overview of CRK's accomplishments this year.

If your CRK membership has lapsed and/or you want to join CRK for the first time, you may do so at a one-time-only reduced rate. Admission is $25 (individual) or $40 (family)

Register for the CRK Member Celebration HERE.

11.    Environmental Leadership Program 2013 Taking Applications
Looking to take your career to the next level?  Want to find balance in work and in life?  Interested in building a network with some of the most innovative people in the country? ELP is one of the only organizations in the country bringing together environmental and social change leaders from academia, business, government and the non-profit sector. Click here for more information about ELP and to apply.
12.    Streamside Repair Workshop
When: Friday, November 30, 9am – 3pm
Where: City Hall, 6505 Rico Rd, Chattahoochee Hills, GA 30268
Description: Cost is only $10 and includes lunch! Register for the workshop here.

13.    FAQ: Major Donor Development Program
Each month Jesslyn Shields, Georgia River Network’s Watershed Support Coordinator, answers questions she gets asked all the time:

Question: I'm on the board of a small watershed group, and we've been doing a fundraiser for a couple years.  It's a great event, and everybody always seems to have a wonderful time.  The problem is, we have a heard time getting people to attend.  Do you have any suggestions about inexpensive ways of getting people to our event?

Read Jesslyn’s response here.

14.    River Protection 101
Check out Georgia River Network’s River Protection 101 page where we break down how you can get involved in your local river community.
15.    The 5 Parts of a Perfect Pitch
You've got a handful of minutes to pitch your nonprofit.  What do you say? What do you leave out? Whatever you do, make sure you answer these five questions.

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

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