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October
 2016
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1. Satilla Riverkeeper Seeking Executive Director
The fulltime job of Satilla Riverkeeper Executive Director is now open.  Applications received by the Chair of the Search Committee by November 4th will be given full consideration. The target starting month for the position is January of 2017. 

The Satilla Riverkeeper/Executive Director is a fulltime staff position within the Satilla RiverWatch Alliance, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity licensed by the Waterkeeper Alliance.  The Satilla River is a blackwater river in southeast Georgia with a watershed area of 4,000 square miles. The office is presently in Woodbine, Georgia, but can be relocated anywhere within the watershed.

Complete application instructions and a detailed job description are available at the Satilla Riverkeeper website  

2. Three Area Governments are Among Little River Water Trail Stakeholders
Governments of McDuffie, Wilkes, and Warren counties are among stakeholders in the development of the Little River Water Trail that stretches through these counties. 

A water trail is similar to a hiking trail, but on a waterway with signage pointing to safe public access, information kiosks, and family friendly amenities such as picnic areas along the route.

McDuffie County hired Georgia River Network, a statewide nonprofit organization based in Athens, Ga., to provide technical assistance during the trail’s development.  The many canoeists and kayakers of Georgia will benefit immensely from this development!  

To read this exciting article in its entirety, visit The Augusta Chronicle website.

3. Why is Atlanta Losing Billions of Gallons of Water Each Year?
The city of Atlanta lost more than 10 billion gallons in 2015, according to an audit obtained by 11Alive News.

While Atlanta’s Watershed Management says aging infrastructure is to blame, the 11Alive Investigators uncovered some Atlanta residents who claim the city shares some responsibility by not repairing leaks for months at a time.

To read extensively about this pressing issue, check out 11 Alive News' website

4. Georgia Power Provides Update on Coal Ash Ponds Excavation and Closures
Coal ash removal from Plant McManus in Brunswick is about 30 percent complete, according to a Georgia Power official.
 
Georgia Power provided an update on Wednesday regarding its plan to cease operation and stop receiving coal combustion residuals at all 29 of its coal ash ponds, including Plant McManus and Plant McIntosh located Rincon.
 
Closure at some sites will be complete in three years, others will take longer, said Aaron Mitchell, Georgia Power’s general manager of environmental affairs.

To read more about Georgia Power and its environmental developments regarding coal ash, read the entire article from The News.  

5. Certified Stormwater Inspector Municipal Training
When: Mon, October 24, 8am – Tue, October 25, 1pm
Where: Atlanta, Ga
Designed specifically for municipal personnel our course offers training and certification to demonstrate, for the record, that inspectors are qualified. Graduates of the Certified Stormwater Inspector course receive certification for 5 years and continuing education units, and ongoing, unlimited support from the National Stormwater Center. 

Registration is now available at the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System's website.

6. Fall Foliage Paddle with Coosa River Basin Initiative
When: Sat, October 29, 10am – 5pm
Where: Etowah and Coosa Rivers Near Rome 
Join Coosa River Basin Initiative in viewing the fall colors along a 12-mile stretch of the Etowah and Coosa rivers as you journey from the outskirts of Rome, through downtown, and on to historic Lock and Dam Park on the Coosa. 

For more information and to register, click here.  

7. 3rd Annual Oysters for the Ogeechee with Ogeechee Riverkeeper
When: Thurs, Nov 3, 2016
Where:
Isle of Hope Marina - Savannah, GA 
Join Ogeechee Riverkeeper for the third annual Oysters for the Ogeechee!  This event is an annual attraction, and is always a fun way to support the Ogeechee Riverkeeper.

Visit the Ogeechee Riverkeeper for more information.

 
8. Cause + Effect, Georgia Progressive Film Competition and Festival in Athens, Ga. 
When: Sun, Nov 6, 2016
Where: Cine in Athens, Ga 
Cause + Effect Film Competition and Festival aims to bring important social, political, environmental and economic issues facing Georgia into focus through film while encouraging filmmakers to identify problems facing our state and propose viable solutions.

A film on the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper will be featured in November! For more information on the festival, click here.

9. Flint River Where the Water Goes 2016, Part IV​
When: Fri, November 11, 4pm – Sun, November 13, 12pm
Where: St. George Island/Apalachicola 

The final Flint River outing brings EcoAddendum to Apalachicola Bay where the Flint and Chattahoochee combined finally release their waters into the sea. An extensive and rich network of swamp and estuary is found along the lower Apalachicola, extending into the bay, which is one of the richest shell-fisheries in Eastern North America. The salt marsh is home to many species, including the extraordinarily camouflaged American Bittern. “Hat rack” cypress trees populate the shallows, supporting Spanish moss and the occasional bald eagles’ nest. Pelicans and every type of egret and heron found in the Southeast, and even the occasional Roseate Spoonbill are commonly seen fishing in the bay, which is also home to the endangered Florida manatee. This area is also a destination for several species of migrating butterflies including the Monarch and Gulf fritillary, which we’ll likely see this time of year.

Trip fee includes accommodations (2 people per room), 1/2 day boat tour with Apalachicola Riverkeeper, and a group dinner provided on Friday night, November 11. 2 nights Fri and Sat – $250 per person 3 nights Fri, Sat and Sun – $295 per person

Learn more and register here.

10. Call for Speakers: 4th Annual Georgia Trail Summit - Deadline Nov. 15
When: April 20-22, 2017
Where: Columbus, Ga
The program will be heavy on how-to sessions with practical content on the full lifecycle of successful trails, from concept and construction to operations and long-term sustainability.  Share your proven approach or innovative trail project with a broad, statewide audience. There is also the exciting opportunity to lead a mobile workshop sharing the latest techniques.
 
If you are interested in presenting at this event, submit a presentation proposal here.  

11. Kids Go Paddling! 
American Canoe Association Resource
American Canoe Association is happy to announce that there is a new educational resource for kids, the Kids Go Paddling booklet!

This booklet has been developed with the goal of engaging youth in their personal safety on the waterways. It focuses on the the L.I.F.E.R. Principles, which include life jacket safety, immersion awareness, filing a float plan, evaluating your venue, and returning safely!

To learn more and to place your order, please visit: 
www.americancanoe.org/KidsGoPaddling

12. Premium Nonprofit Webinar: How to Write a Thank You Letter that Makes Donors Smile and Want to Give Again 
In this webinar you will learn step-by-step how to create a thank you letter that makes your donors smile and want to give again.
 
They'll share examples of great and not-so-great thank you letters, and craft a template thank you letter that you can modify for your nonprofit.
 
You'll Learn:
  • How to correctly acknowledge your donor and their gift(s)
  • How to personalize your thank letter so it is donor-centered
  • How to show the impact of their gift(s)
  • How to use proven tactics in your thank you letter that improve donor retention
  • How to incorporate excitement and gratitude into your letter
Learn more here

13. Water Words that Work Recorded Webinar: What to Expect from Your Website
In early 2016, Water Words That Work, LLC analyzed the website traffic patterns of two dozen watershed associations, waterkeepers, land trusts, conservation districts, and related organizations. Our goal was to determine what website visitors expect in 2016 -- how to design websites that hit the mark for them.
In this webinar, some of our most important observations will be revealed:
  • The highest, lowest, and average # of monthly visitors in our benchmark
  • How long they stay and how much they read while they are there
  • What drives traffic to conservation websites, and what doesn’t
  • How many visitors use computers vs. phones and tablets
  • And more!
If you have a website already, you will be able compare how your site is performing compared to your peers. And if you are planning to replace your website soon, you will get valuable insights on how to tailor your site to meet your visitors’ needs.

Check out the webinar here.

14. Finding and Keeping Volunteers with Volunteermatch
Volunteermatch is the nonprofit, online service that helps interested volunteers get involved with community service organizations throughout the United States. Volunteers enter their ZIP code on the VolunteerMatch web site to quickly find local volunteer opportunities matching individual interests and schedules.

15. Conservation Alliance Grant

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 Conservation Alliance website.​

16. The American Honda Foundation Youth Grant 
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.

Learn more at the Honda Grant webpage.  
 

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