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December 2013
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Georgia River Network News Stream
December 2013

1.    GRN Has Great Holiday Gift Ideas--ON SALE!
2.    Save the Date: Weekend for Rivers
3.    Why Support Georgia River Network?
4.    Update Your Organization’s Entry in GRN’s Watershed Directory
5.    Ogeechee Riverkeeper and King America Finishing Company Reach Settlement Agreement on Fish Kill and Pollution
6.  Altamaha Riverkeeper to Sue Rayonier for Clean Water Violations
7.    GRN Photo Contest
8.    Restoring Rivers—"What Works" Report
9.    Atlas of the Georgia Government

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
10.   Paddle Florida 2013-2014 River Trips
11.  Institute for Conservation Leadership Executive Director Program

Nonprofit Resources
12.    FAQ: Annual Planning Basics
13.    New Salary Survey of Watershed Groups
14.    Be a Great Facilitator

Fundraising Deadlines
15.    New Grant Opportunities


1.    GRN Has Great Holiday Gift Ideas--ON SALE!
Support Georgia River Network's work to protect rivers by purchasing some of our merchandise this season.  Everything is on sale now through December 31 if your order is placed by phone by calling Debra or Dana at 706-549-4508. Visa, Mastercard and Checks accepted. Prices include shipping. Images, inventory list and descriptions of each item are included below and on our website by clicking here.  Order by Thursday the 19th to receive your items by Christmas.

2.    Save the Date: Weekend for Rivers
Weekend for Rivers 2014 will be held on April 5-6 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia. The theme will be “The History of Georgia’s Rivers,” so get ready to learn some amazing Georgia history and celebrate our state’s wonderful rivers.  Registration will start in mid-January, so check in periodically at the Weekend for Rivers website for fresh info!

3.    Why Support Georgia River Network?
GRN has accomplished a lot in 2013! Help us keep up all the good work in 2014 by investing in healthy rivers this holiday season!

Top seven reasons to give:
1) Introducing Hidden Gems river trips for new and experienced paddlers
2) Recognized leadership in Georgia Trend’s 40 under 40
3) Taking action to protect Georgia from industrial hog pollution
4)  Publishing guide books for our rivers with the UGA Press
5)  Hosting the largest weeklong educational kayak/canoe/camping adventure in the country – Paddle Georgia
6) Providing financial and direct support for Georgia's river groups who are on the front lines of river protection
7)  Appreciating the beauty and peace of our rivers

This is Georgia River Network and we invite you to join with us and support our rivers!   Find out more about our 2013 successes here.

And click here to give!

4.    Update Your Organization’s Entry in GRN’s Watershed Directory
Did you know that Georgia River Network maintains a thorough directory of all the river protection groups in Georgia?  We do! Click here to browse the directory. If you would like to update your organization’s information, please contact Debra at If your organization doesn’t currently have a listing in our directory, you can fill one out here and email it to Debra or mail it in to us at 126 S. Milledge Ave, Ste E3, Athens, GA 30605.

5.    Ogeechee Riverkeeper and King America Finishing Company Reach Settlement Agreement on Fish Kill and Pollution
Ogeechee Riverkeeper and King America Finishing have worked together to resolve a set of legal and regulatory battles that have been ongoing since a fish kill occurred in the Ogeechee River in May 2011. The settlement agreement puts in place comprehensive and stringent environmental protections and establishes programs to aid in restoration efforts along the river.  Under the proposed Consent Decree, King America will make a $2.5 million monetary contribution to ORK to fund the organization’s continuing efforts to monitor and protect the ecosystem of the Ogeechee River. Read the press release here.

6.   Altamaha Riverkeeper to Sue Rayonier for Clean Water Violations
The Altamaha Riverkeeper (ARK) gave notice to Rayonier, Inc. of its intent to file suit against the company for violations of the Federal Clean Water Act and the Georgia Water Quality Control Act. The violations relate to ongoing effluent discharges into the Altamaha River from the Rayonier Performance Fibers plant located in Jesup, Georgia. Read the press release here.

7. GRN Photo Contest
It’s the last month of 2013, and we want to see your photos! 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 December photo contest theme is "The Gift of Water". Click here to learn more and submit your photos.  Or, click here to visit our homepage to view a slideshow of the November entries and winner.

8.    Restoring Rivers—"What Works" Report
The ribbons of green or riparian buffers lining our rivers are some of the most important habitat on the planet.

River Network's latest "What Works" report can help watershed groups learn the most effective ways to restore them! The report includes a summary of the results of a short, national survey of organizations involved in riparian buffer restoration and a selection of case studies documenting projects in various watershed situations.

Click here to view the report!

9.    Atlas of the Georgia Government
Need or want to learn what Georgia government does?   State government probably has more to do with your day-to-day life than the federal government.  So here’s a 40,000-foot-view of what your state government does, translated & interpreted from jargon to English.

10.    Paddle Florida 2013-2014 River Trips
2013-2014 season (registration available for all trips):
• January 15-22, 2014: Florida Keys Challenge
• February 16-21, 2014: Wild, Wonderful Withlacoochee
• March 15-21, 2014: Dam to the Bay on the Ochlockonee
•April 4-6, 2014: Suwannee River Paddling Festival

Paddle Florida, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation organized to support canoeing and kayaking in Florida. Events in each of Florida's five water management districts expose paddlers to Florida's natural beauty and rich cultural heritage while promoting water conservation, wildlife preservation, springs restoration and waterways protection. Paddle Florida also seeks to promote Florida as an international destination for nature-based tourism. Trips feature Florida's most scenic rivers, canoe trails and coastal environments, including the Florida Keys and the Suwannee, Wekiva, St. Johns, Ochlockonee, Peace, Withlacoochee and Rainbow Rivers.

For more information:

11.    Institute for Conservation Leadership’s Executive Director Program
Become a highly effective Executive Director through this nine-month ICL intensive program of workshops, coaching and peer learning. Increase your skills to move your organization forward with practical tools and guidance.

Expand your peer network and get the perspective you need by joining ICL's popular Executive Director Leadership Program.

The 9-month ICL intensive program assists executive directors with the tools, skills and support to:
•    Increase your leadership confidence and capacity
•    Create the path to outstanding results
•    Focus the board and staff on what’s truly important
•    Adapt to a changing and complex landscape
•    Manage a financially sustainable nonprofit
•    Bring out the best in your staff and volunteers
•    Be energized for the long haul

Click here for more information and to register.

12.    FAQ: Annual Planning Basics
Each month, Jesslyn Shields, GRN’s Watershed Support Coordinator, answers a question she’s frequently asked by watershed groups in Georgia. This one's from the GRN FAQ archives! How do we plan for next year’s work? Click here to read more!

13.    New Salary Survey of Watershed Groups
Since 2001, River Network has been gathering data on salaries and benefits within river conservation organizations. While there are numerous salary surveys available, this one is the only one we are aware of geared towards river groups.

During the summer of 2013, 120 organizations participated in our latest voluntary survey. View the results and see how your organization compares

14.    Be a Great Facilitator
When you’re the facilitator of a conference call, you need to bring your "A" game. Everyone is counting on you to make it quick, make it useful, and keep the people on the call in check. Whether you have five people or five hundred people on the call, here’s how to keep the trains running.

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

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Five Star Grant
The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program seeks to develop nation-wide-community stewardship of local natural resources, preserving these resources for future generations and enhancing habitat for local wildlife. Projects seek to address water quality issues in priority watersheds, such as erosion due to unstable streambanks, pollution from stormwater runoff, and degraded shorelines caused by development.

The program focuses on the stewardship and restoration of coastal, wetland and riparian ecosystems across the country. Its goal is to meet the conservation needs of important species and habitats, providing measurable and meaningful conservation and educational outcomes. The program requires the establishment and/or enhancement of diverse partnerships and an education/outreach component that will help shape and sustain behavior to achieve conservation goals.
Funding priorities for this program include:

•    On-the-ground wetland, riparian, in-stream and/or coastal habitat restoration
•    Meaningful education and training activities, either through community outreach, participation and/or integration with K-12 environmental curriculum
•    Measurable ecological, educational and community benefits
•    Partnerships: Five Star projects should engage a diverse group of community partners to achieve ecological and educational outcomes.

Deadline for applications:  February 5, 2014

Find out more here.

EPA Green Infrastructure Grant
The U.S. EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management is pleased to announce the availability of $400,000 in technical assistance for communities interested in implementing green infrastructure to protect water quality and build more sustainable communities.
Communities across the country are interested in implementing green infrastructure to protect water quality, provide ecosystem services, increase resiliency to climate change, create economic opportunities, and support a high quality of life. Many communities, however, lack the tools, resources, or information to achieve these goals. As part of EPA's commitment to engaging with local communities, EPA is offering direct assistance to communities interested in implementing green infrastructure. This technical assistance will serve both to advance the adoption of green infrastructure programs in selected communities and to develop knowledge and tools that can be transferred to other communities and to a national audience.
The value of the EPA assistance available in 2014 is approximately $400,000, and EPA anticipates providing assistance to 5 to 7 communities. Interested communities are encouraged to respond to the Request for Letters of Interest. If additional funding becomes available, EPA may return to the applicant pool identified through this request to select additional recipient communities.

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