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November 2013
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Georgia River Network News Stream
November 2013


News
1.    Georgia Water Coalition Names Dirty Dozen
2.    Give Back to Your Favorite River!
3.    Weekend for Rivers 2014 Call for Proposals
4.    Etowah River User's Guide - A Great Holiday Gift Idea
5.    100 Miles: a New Voice for Georgia’s Coast
6.    North American Lake Management Society Call for Abstracts
7.    The Broad River is Getting a Water Trail!
8.    Water Wire Blog: What Rules? GA Water Supply Program Round 2
9.    Mott Foundation Reflects on 20 Years of Funding Hydropower Reform
10.    EPD Needs to Protect Us From Liquid Hog Waste
11.    Athens Clarke County Public Utilities Wins Award for Water Sense Program
12.    GRN Photo Contest

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
13.    Georgia Water Coalition Partners Meeting
14.    Flint Riverkeeper Holiday Dinner Party
15.    Webinar: Re-engaging your Volunteer Monitoring  Organization

Group Spotlight
16.    Satilla Riverkeeper’s Ashby Nix

Nonprofit Resources
17.    FAQ: How to Make Facebook Work for Your Organization
18.    Statistics for Action - Environmental Health Data Resource
19.    Get a Life! (It’s Thanksgiving, after all!)
20.    8 Ways to Raise Money from People You Know

Fundraising Deadlines
21.    New Grant Opportunities

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1.    Georgia Water Coalition Names Dirty Dozen
This week, Georgia Water Coalition named its “Dirty Dozen” for 2013, highlighting 12 of the worst offenses to Georgia’s waters. The annual Dirty Dozen report shines a spotlight on state policies and failures that ultimately harm Georgia property owners, downstream communities, fish and wildlife, hunters and anglers, and boaters and swimmers.

The Coalition’s full report details the history of each site and provides solutions to correct these ongoing problems and eliminate the listed threats. It is available online at: http://www.garivers.org/gawater/dirtydozen.htm.
 

2.    Give Back to Your Favorite River!
November is the month when we gather with our favorite people to give thanks for the things that are important to us: our families and friends, good health, yummy food and clean water, and those special places that make life great.  We’ve all got a special fishing spot or your favorite stretch of river to view the fall colors.  Why not spend a little money on making sure the next generation will be able count that spot among the things they’re thankful for!

Georgia has a wonderful network of grassroots groups that work year round to protect individual rivers and streams. Help a local group protect your favorite place, or donate to Georgia River Network for the work we do on behalf of all Georgia’s rivers.

Happy Thanksgiving!

3.    Weekend for Rivers 2014 Call for Proposals!
In 2014, Weekend for Rivers is celebrating the legacy of Georgia’s waterways by presenting a program on The History of Georgia’s Rivers.  We want to know what YOU know about the bygone days of Georgia’s rivers.

Whether you have a story about your childhood on the Ogeechee River or an anecdote from the Civil War or an interesting bit about the history of water law in Georgia, we want to hear from you! Please feel free to express your story in any way you like: with a speech, photography, poetry, music, art…the possibilities are endless!  The only rule: no boring Power Points!

Weekend for Rivers 2014 will be held on April 5-6 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia.  It’s important to us that the speakers at the event are also participants.   This is your opportunity to share your love for the rivers and streams closest to your heart—and a great way of doing this is to spend the weekend hanging out with a whole bunch of other river lovers!

The DEADLINE is December 16th!  
Proposals should include a brief personal biography, a description of no more than 500 words outlining the material you plan to present, and an estimation of how long you expect your presentation to take.  In addition, if there are visual images or music that goes along with your presentation, please feel free to send along images, video, music files—whatever is going to give us a better idea of the substance of your presentation.   And again, be creative! The sky’s the limit!

4.   Etowah River User's Guide - A Great Holiday Gift Idea
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. Designed to educate river users, enhance their on-river experiences, and allow them to safely explore the river, each guide includes an introduction and overview of the river, chapters describing each river section with detailed maps and notes on river access and points of interest; a compact natural history guide featuring species of interest found along Georgia’s rivers, notes on safety and boating etiquette, a fishing primer, and notes on organizations working to protect the river.  You can buy the guidebook by calling us at 706-549-4508.  Price: $21 including tax, $24 including tax and shipping. The Chattahoochee River and Broad River User’s Guides will be released next.


5.    100 Miles: a New Voice for Georgia’s Coast
The Georgia Coast is one of the most valuable ecological zones in the United States. Although only 100 miles long, it contains one-third of the salt marsh and the largest expanse of tidal freshwater wetlands remaining on the East Coast. It also harbors a great number of incredible species of plant and animals. Moreover, the Georgia coast is a treasured cultural, recreational, and economic resource, cherished by residents and visitors alike for its quality of life and incomparable natural features.

One Hundred Miles is a newly formed conservation advocacy organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and celebrating the 100-mile Georgia coast. One Hundred Miles seeks to bring statewide attention to the opportunities and challenges facing the Georgia’s unique coast.

For more information, see their Facebook page.

6. North American Lake Management Society Call for Abstracts
The 2014 NALMS conference held March 26-28, 2014 at the Doubletree-Biltmore in Asheville, NC, will be themed, Lakes and Reservoirs: Today’s Investment = Tomorrow’s Reward

Suggested Major Tracks:
•    Education
•    Water Quality
•    Water Quantity
•    Lake Restoration
•    Ordinances, Rules & Regulations
•    Watershed Management
Abstracts Deadline: November 15, 2013
Send Abstracts to: nclakemanagement@gmail.com
 
Please submit abstracts in Microsoft Word. Abstracts should be limited to 250 words. Speakers may register for the conference after acceptance of their abstract.  Rates, registration and updates will be posted at: www.nclakemanagement.org.

7.    The Broad River is Getting a Water Trail!
Approximately 60 supporters came out to be a part of the Broad River Water Trail Kickoff, Fall Float Clean-up, and Camp Kiwanis Festival on Saturday, October 5th.

The Broad River currently has 8 public access points along the river, two public access boat launches, and 8 highway bridge crossings.  Five access points have information kiosks with a river map, points of interest, and information about plants and animals living in the watershed. The BRWA is seeking grants and funding to put kiosks at every public access, and to provide water trail posters and flyers to local governments and chambers of commerce.  The BRWA installed the first five kiosks with a Paddle Georgia grant from the Georgia River Network.  

To learn more about the Broad River Water Trail, visit their website here.

8.    Water Wire Blog: What Rules? GA Water Supply Program Round 2
The recently released new application letters seeking money from the second round of the Governor’s Water Supply Program (GWSP) reveal the imprecise and targeted – and perhaps un-constitutional – nature of a revised funding mechanism known as state direct investment (SDI).

The GWSP was launched by Nathan Deal in 2011 to disburse $300,000,000 over three years in the form of low interest loans and SDI for water supply projects to provide “an adequate supply of clean and affordable water” to communities in need of water security.  The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) was to administer the loans, and the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) was to budget for the SDI.  In 2011 and 2012, and in consultation with Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission (GSFIC), all the parties agreed that SDI had to result in state ownership of a physical “definable asset with an appropriate fair market value and useful life,” like land, a well, a water tower, or other real property.   Read the full Water Wire blog here.

9.    Mott Foundation Reflects on 20 Years of Funding Hydropower Reform
Two new articles from the Mott Foundation - Clear impacts for freshwater:
Reflecting on two decades of support for hydropower reform

•    For 20 years, Mott grantees helped nurture a collaborative approach to preventing and repairing the negative environmental effects of hydropower dams. This new article explores that work and its impacts on improved water quality, restoration of aquatic habitat and increased support for environmental protection. Read the article here.
•     In this engaging Q&A, Sam Passmore -- director of Mott's Environment Program -- discusses the impacts of the Foundation's 20 years of grantmaking in the area of hydropower dam relicensing; the value of that work in informing efforts to address the global challenges of freshwater resources; and Mott's ongoing interests in the area of freshwater conservation. Read the article here.


10.    EPD Needs to Protect Us From Liquid Hog Waste
Hog waste could flow in large quantities in your watershed if the Georgia Board of Natural Resources accepts the Environmental Protection Division’s (EPD) proposed changes that would significantly weaken rules and regulations for large hog operations in Georgia. Click here to read the full story on hog waste on page 6. 

11.    Athens Clarke County Public Utilities Wins Award for Water Sense Program
The Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department  might only have two employees serving in its Water Conservation Office, but that didn’t stop the utility from ramping up its WaterSense promotional efforts in a big way in 2012 through its website, social media, mascot, Fix a Leak Week, Train the Trainer workshops and more. Athens-Clarke County also tackled larger buildings’ water use with the launch of its pilot Commercial Water Conservation Program in conjunction with the Altamaha Riverkeeper Oconee Project which was funded in party by a GRN Turner Regrant. This program leveraged WaterSense at Work: Best Management Practices for Commercial and Institutional Facilities to target high water-using restaurants in the area. After conducting water use audits at three local restaurants, WaterSense labeled products were recommended based on the results. The official Commercial Water Conservation Program will open to all of the restaurants in the county in winter 2013. Learn more about ACC's Water Sense award here.

12.    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 November photo contest theme is "Fabulous Fall Color". Click here to learn more and submit your photos. Or, click here to visit our homepage to view a slideshow of the October entries and winner.

13.    Georgia Water Coalition Partners Meeting
Join the Georgia Water Coalition for the Fall Partner Meeting and Oyster Roast, and Campout
When: November 22, 2013
Where: Georgia Wildlife Federation’s Alcovy Conservation Center, Covington, GA
 
The meeting will begin at 10am on Friday, November 22, 2013. We will discuss the GWC 2014 Legislative Agenda, CAFO Rollbacks, the Governor’s Water Supply Program and other important Georgia water issues. Then we will move outside for a seafood feast, a presentation on the 2013 Dirty Dozen report and Happy Hour.
 
For all the details and to register, follow this link.

14.    Flint Riverkeeper Holiday Dinner Party
When: Friday, December 6, 5pm – 11pm
Where: Flat Shoals farm; located at the Meriwether and Pike County boundary
Delicious food by Atlanta's finest catering. Silent & live auctions. Cigar & open bar. Guided, candle-lit walk along the river.  Click here for more information and to register.


15.    Webinar: Re-engaging your Volunteer Monitoring  Organization
Do you want to keep your volunteer monitoring or watershed organization strong and active for years to come? If so, take a moment to think about your group’s dynamics and structure. Have you achieved what you initially set out to do?  Has the momentum of the group faded? Are you wishing that someone else would step up and share the burden of leadership activities? If these questions resonate with you and/or your program, then this webcast is for you!

Learn more and register for Webcast at www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts.

16.    Satilla Riverkeeper’s Ashby Nix
Five months into her new job as the new Satilla Riverkeeper, Ashby Nix says, “You know what my favorite part of this job is so far? Talking to people who care so much for this river.  There are so many of them! Knowing they’re there makes what I do a whole lot easier.”  Click here to read the full story about Ashby Nix on page 7.

17.    FAQ: How to Use Facebook for Your Organization
Each month, Jesslyn Shields, GRN’s Watershed Support Coordinator, answers a question she’s frequently asked by watershed groups in Georgia: What do I need to know to get the most out of our Facebook Page? Click here to read more!

18.    Statistics for Action - Environmental Health Data Resource
You can make the numbers come alive. Once the people understand, they are more likely to get engaged and active.

A new environmental health data resource that has just come out, one that River Network had a hand in building. Statistics for Action (SfA) is a collaboration between Technical Education Research Centers (TERC) and environmental advocacy organizations to help people in communities affected by environmental contamination.

SfA can help people:
•    Understand terms, units, and concepts in environmental data.
•    Analyze data to help communities strategize
•    Assess risks to health from environmental contamination
•    Communicate key data to decision-makers and the community

Included are guides for environmental testing, activities that build concepts and skills, videos illustrating ideas or community situations, and full-length magazine about community environmental advocacy. You can navigate around this website to get some guidance for using SfA materials, browse all of our materials, access environmental data, or learn more about the project.

19.    Get a Life! (It’s Thanksgiving, after all!)
Read some tips about not letting your Work Life take over your You Life here.

20.    8 Ways to Raise Money From People You Know
It’s fundraising season, after all!

21.    Grant Opportunities
The Keen Effect
KEEN is dedicated to building stronger communities and a healthier planet. To bring this promise to life, they've launched the KEEN Effect - a way for you to help fund projects designed to get people outside and to responsibly enjoy the outdoors. Help KEEN and Outdoor Nation distribute $100,000 in funds by applying yourself (if you work for a non-profit) or encouraging your favorite non-profits to take part in the KEEN Effect.   


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

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