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February 2012
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Georgia River Network News Stream
February 2012

1.    GRN Welcomes Debra Tate to the Staff
2.    Georgia Water Coalition’s Capitol Conservation Day
3.    Altamaha Riverkeeper is Hiring New Riverkeeper
4.    Happy 40th Birthday, The Clean Water Act!

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
5.    Registration is Open for GRN’s Weekend for Rivers
6.    Tickets on Sale for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival
7.    Paddle Georgia Registration Now Open
8.    Registration is Open for River Rally
9.    Paddle Georgia Info and Answers Session
10.    2012 SE NALMS Lake & Watershed Conference
11.    ICL’s Executive Director Program
12.    Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society (FMCS) Meeting
13.    Webinar:  Fundraising Results for River Groups -Trends and Tested Techniques

Nonprofit Resources
14.    FAQ:  Events
15.    Find That Font!
16.    How to Show Up in Your Friends’ Facebook Feed!
17.    New Blog for Nonprofit Boards

Fundraising Deadlines
18.    New Grant Opportunities


1.    GRN Welcomes Debra Tate to the Staff
Debra joins GRN as our new Administrative Assistant.  You can read more about Debra by clicking HERE.

2.    Georgia Water Coalition’s Capitol Conservation Day
When: February 28, 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Atlanta

Please make your calendars and join us for the Georgia Water Coalition’s Capitol Conservation Day and Environmental Legislative Breakfast on February 28th.  The day will begin with a breakfast session and brief talks by legislators who are friends of Georgia’s water, air, and soil.  GWC partners will then present a Legislative Briefing before leading attendees to the Capitol to seek out their own legislators.  The day will end with a press conference under the Gold Dome.

Detailed Information, Schedule, Registration and Directions can be found HERE.

3.     Altamaha Riverkeeper is Hiring New Riverkeeper
The Altamaha Riverkeeper organization is seeking a highly motivated, experienced advocate to be the new Altamaha Riverkeeper.    The Altamaha watershed covers 1/4 of the state of Georgia and includes a diverse array of urban and rural resources and problems.   You can view the job description HERE.

4.    Happy 40th Birthday, The Clean Water Act!
The Clean Water Act turns 40 this year and there are successes to celebrate--rivers no longer catch on fire, for example--but also many parts of the Act that need improvement. More importantly, how should the Act evolve over the next 40 years so that – in 2052 – our children and grandchildren have cleaner water?  River Network (National) President Todd Ambs offers 40 thoughts HERE.

5.    Registration is Open for GRN’s Weekend for Rivers
Register for Weekend for Rivers, Georgia River Network’s Annual Conference and River Celebration! Join us for two days of inspirational presentations, a great part and a mini-Paddle Georgia! Click HERE for more details.

Theme: "Wild Encounters and Stories Fished from the River"
When: March 31-April 1, 2012
Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, Georgia
Cost: $45 for adults (before March 1st, $50 after March 1st), $40 for the kid's program.  Ticket prices include Saturday presentations and party, Saturday night camping, shuttles for Sunday paddle on the Chattahoochee River and all meals from Saturday breakfast to Sunday breakfast. Participants will need to pack their own lunch for the river on Sunday.  No daily rate will be offered, but tickets to the party for those who are not registered for the weekend can be purchased for $25/ticket.


Patagonia , Stormwater Systems , Coca-Cola Refreshments, Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Sweetwater Brewing, American Rivers

6.    Wild and Scenic Film Festival—Buy Tickets Now!
When: Sunday, March 11, 2012. Doors 1 p.m. / Films start at 2 p.m.
Where: Landmark Midtown Art Cinema (New Location)

Click here to learn more and purchase tickets!

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest environmental film festival in North America, and 2012 will mark its fifth consecutive year in Atlanta. Each year, Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (UCR), Georgia River Network (GRN) and Georgia ForestWatch (GFW) partner to select the best of these award-winning environmental films and bring them to Atlanta in a two-and-a-half-hour program. The program (with a 15-minute intermission) offers a mix of films addressing environmental issues such as energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and waters.

And as a tradition and special treat, our guests can enjoy complimentary SweetWater brews (for patrons 21 and over carrying a valid ID). We have moved the event to Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, just a block from gorgeous Piedmont Park in the Midtown neighborhood of Atlanta.

Turner Broadcasting System. 99X, Patagonia Atlanta, Turner Foundation, SweetWater Brewing Company, REI, and Smith, Gambrell & Russell.

7.    Paddle Georgia Registration Now Open
Paddle Georgia 2012 on the Altamaha will take place June 16-22. The 2012 website now live, and the trip is filling up fast so go ahead and register soon before we sell out by registering HERE.

Get ready for a Coastal Plain Paddlin' Party! Paddle Georgia 2012 features the quintessential tour of South Georgia--a 108-mile journey on the Ohoopee and Altamaha Rivers. The blackwater Ohoopee near Reidsville will enchant you with its tupelo and cypress-lined banks and snow-white sandbars and the Altamaha will inspire you with its sweeping vistas and abundant wildlife. With any luck, you'll even see a dolphin in the tidal waters surrounding Darien.
Along the way, you'll paddle through the Big Hammock, Griffin Ridge and Sansavilla wildlife management areas along with the Altamaha State Waterfowl Management Area, and you'll encounter aptly named river features like Alligator Congress, Old Hell Bight and Bug Suck Lake. A journey for the faint of heart it is not! Off river, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about these rivers and the region through water monitoring opportunities, tours of area attractions and nightly activities at campsites that include entertainment, games and programs highlighting the river’s cultural and natural heritage. An educational adventure for the whole family, Paddle Georgia will show you Georgia as you’ve never seen it before.
  Paddle Georgia features:
•    Daily paddle trips averaging 15 miles
•    Nightly camping, meals, games, entertainment and educational programs
•    Tours of industrial facilities, historic sites and more
•    Scientific research including chemical and biological water monitoring
•    Companionship and camaraderie with hundreds of fellow paddlers
•    Fundraiser for Georgia River Network and Altamaha Riverkeeper
•    108 Miles, 7 Days, 1 Great Time!

You can go to Joe Cook’s blog HERE to learn about his scouting trips for the 2012 adventure.

Georgia Power, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Mohawk Carpet Foundation, Hennessy Land Rover Centers, The Outside World, Johnson Outdoors, Patagonia, China Clay Producers Association

Georgia Canoe Association,  Altamaha Riverkeeper, Georgia Adopt–A – Stream, Project WET

8.    Registration is Open for River Rally
River Rally 2012 is a joint production of River Network and Waterkeeper Alliance
When: May 4-7, 2012
Where: Portland, Oregon


For more information about River Rally, visit  If you are a current River Network Partner and wish to request a scholarship, you must do so by March 9th (but, you won’t be penalized if you do it earlier).

9.    Paddle Georgia Info and Answers Sessions
Come to this Q & A session and get all your Paddle Georgia questions answered!
Session 1: Thursday, March 1st, 7-9 PM at the REI store EI Store in Kennesaw
Session 2: Thursday, March 8th, 7-9 PM at the REI on I-85 in Northeast Atlanta

10.    2012 SE NALMS Lake & Watershed Conference
The 21st Annual Southeastern Lake and Watershed Management Conference will be held May 13-15, 2012 in Columbus GA at the Ironworks Trade Center.
Click HERE for more information.

11.    ICL’s Executive Director Program
ICL's Executive Director Leadership Program energizes executive directors and invigorates organizations that thrive for the long-haul by offering nonprofit leaders this highly-rated, interactive 9-months of learning.

This program assists executive directors with the tools, skills, and support to:
•    Increase leadership confidence and capacity
•    Create the path to outstanding results
•    Bring out the best in staff and volunteers
•    Be energized for the long haul

Apply by Feb. 24th 2012 to attend.  Contact Bonnie Haigh at (406)582-1838 x2 or to learn more.

12.    Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society (FMCS) Meeting
When: April 19-20, 2012
Where: The Holiday Inn, Athens, GA
Description: The Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society (FMCS) is will hold their biennial workshop entitled "Incorporating Environmental Flows, Climate Change and Ecosystem Services into Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Management.”  The workshop consists of a number of invited lectures from around the country including research, legal aspects/policy, and considerations for aquatic conservation.   Details regarding the workshop can be found HERE.

13.     Webinar:  Fundraising Results for River Groups -Trends and Tested Techniques
Presenter: Baird Straughan
Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 2pm (est)
RSVP: Webinar is free, but RSVP is required
Summary: In the third year of the economic slump, how did fundraising by river and watershed groups fare? Have donations declined? How does your organization compare to others? Based on the results of the 15 groups using the WaterGrass database, this webinar will compare 2011 to previous years and look at some techniques like reinforcing mail appeals with emails and segmenting lists geographically to see how well they worked.  Note: Bring data from your own 2011 end of year appeal - rate of return, and average gift.

14.    FAQ: Events
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:

Q: I’m on the board of a small nonprofit and we recently decided to establish an annual special event to raise money, gain members  and just let folks know we’re out there doing the work we do.  Do you have any tips for what we should take into consider when planning this event?

Read Jesslyn's response HERE.

15.    Find That Font!
Ever see a font and wonder what it is? This article can help you track it down! Click HERE to read more.

16.    Show Up in Your Friends’ Facebook Feed!
Crack the Code for what kinds of updates Facebook pioritizes.  Read the article HERE.

17.    New Blog for Nonprofit Boards
Check it out HERE.

18.    New Grant Opportunities
The following foundations are either new to our list of grants or have upcoming deadlines to submit proposals. To view grant makers that give throughout the year, visit the grants page of our website HERE.


•    LUV Grants for Good
Georgia Center for Nonprofits and Southwest Airlines have launched LUV Grants for Good, making available $150,000 in grants available to Georgia nonprofit organizations.

Southwest’s online essay and video contest will award a total of $150,000 in LUV Grants for Good to six Georgia 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. The public will have an opportunity to vote and select the winning six organizations from a pool of finalists that produce videos on how they would use the money to show love to the communities they serve. Those finalists will be selected from essays submitted online and judged by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and Southwest Airlines. The deadline to enter is Feb. 22, 2012. Find out more at

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