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 May 2011
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Georgia River Network News Stream
May 2011

News

1.    EPA Promotes Green Infrastructure to Battle Stormwater Runoff
2.    Discover Your Water Footprint
3.    Water Quality Monitoring and Human Health Report
4.    Support EPA’s efforts to Regulate Mercury!

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items

5.    Register for River Rally
6.    Be the Change Youth Conference
7.    Developing a Governance Plan for Your Board webinar
8.    Alliance for Justice Lobbying Rules for Nonprofits
9.    ICL’s Leading from Within
10.    River Network’s Salary Survey
11.    Risk Assessment (aka “Insurance—should you get some?”) Webinar
12.    Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's Spring Events
13.    High Falls-Towaliga Watershed Alliance Annual Membership Meeting
14.    Broad River Watershed Association Shoal Lily Float

Grassroots Spotlight

15.    Coosa River Basin Initiative Monitoring E. Coli in the Etowah River

Nonprofit Resources

16.    Hire Your Next Boss!
17.    Low-Profile BUT High-Impact Nonprofit Work
18.    ICL’s 5 Leadership Practices
19.    ICL’s 7 Tips for working in Groups

Fundraising Deadlines

20.    Grant Opportunities
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1.    EPA Promotes Green Infrastructure to Battle Storm Water Runoff
The EPA is launching a “green infrastructure” campaign that focuses on storm water runoff, one of the most troublesome environmental problems in the United States.  Click HERE to read the article.

2.    Discover Your Water Footprint
The National Geographic Society’s freshwater initiative is a multi-year global effort to inspire and empower individuals and communities to conserve freshwater and preserve the extraordinary diversity of life that rivers, lakes, and wetlands sustain.  They’ve created the Water Footprint calculator to help you find out where you can save water in your life. Plus, it’s fun!

3.    Water Quality Monitoring and Human Health Report
Does the foul odor or brown color of water drawn from your well mean it’s unsafe? Is the water in your “home” river safe for kids to play in? A new 80-page online guide written by River Network’s environmental health guru, Steve Dickens, will show you how you can design, implement and analyze a program to test your water quality. The guide is focused on monitoring for threats that pose a particular risk to human health, such as toxic chemicals and human and animal wastes, and includes additional chapters on relevant federal laws and how to translate data into action.

4.    Support EPA’s efforts to regulate Mercury!
Sierra Club is coordinating an effort to get people to turn out to an upcoming hearing on a new EPA rule to limit toxic mercury pollution - Georgia is one of only three hearings in the country. The hearing will be held from 9a.m. to 8p.m. on Thursday, May 26th at the US Environmental Protection Agency at 61 Forsyth Street, Atlanta GA 30303. If you want to testify, you will need to sign up for a time slot to speak and can sign up for any time between 9-8. Sierra Club is also organizing 2 other events throughout the day: Hair testing for mercury at the Vintage Barber Shop (57 Forsyth St Atlanta 30303) from 12-1PM AND a rally & fish fry at 5:30pm outside of EPA (61 Forsyth Street, Atlanta 30303). Sign up to attend any or all of these events!

Please support EPA in finalizing a strong Mercury Rule by:
•    Sharing this notice with your River/Lake Organization
•    Submitting a comment on behalf of your organization online (Go to www.sierraclub.org/mercury and hit the "Take Action" button on the right)
•    Speaking on behalf of your organization at the Atlanta hearing on May 26th
•    Encourage your members to come to Sierra Club’s hair testing event on May 26th from noon-1pm around the corner from the hearing
•    Attending and encouraging your members to attend the Fish Fry Rally on May 26th near the hearing

Summer is just around the corner here in Georgia, and many of us take to our lakes, streams and rivers to enjoy time with friends and family, to fish and play in and on the water, or just relax and get some peace and quiet. Unfortunately, hundreds of miles of Georgia’s rivers and thousands of acres of Georgia lakes have fish advisories, due to the amount of mercury found in fish tissue.  Click HERE to check your river/lake fish consumption advisories here to see how mercury is impacting your waterways.

Coal-fired power plants are the largest emitter of mercury pollution and have never been subject to limits on mercury, despite years of regulatory back and forth.  A toxic heavy metal, mercury works its way up the food chain and is especially risky for pregnant women, as the powerful neurotoxin has been associated with a variety of developmental disorders including Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and autism.

Modern, cost effective pollution controls can reduce 91% of the mercury emissions, and Georgia Power is already well underway installing pollution controls that will achieve these reductions.  These pollution controls include selective catalytic reduction (SCR), Fluidized Gas Desulfurization (FGD) and baghouses at Plant Scherer (the largest emitter of mercury in Georgia).

5.    Register for River Rally
If you're passionate about river conservation, join River Network and  400-500 of your (soon to be) friends in North Charleston, South Carolina on June 3-6th at our 2011 River Rally. Click HERE to register.

6.    Be the Change Youth Conference
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the Student Career Alternatives Program and the King Center are hosting the third annual Be the Change Youth Convergence in Atlanta this July.  The convergence is based on the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and designed to give youth ages 13-24 knowledge and organizing tools to create positive change.  The agenda is packed with exciting and informative activities designed to teach about issues Dr. King identified as key (militarism, racism, and poverty), as well as skillbuilding workshops to teach about how to eliminate those ills.  At the end of the weekend the youth choose an issue that is important to them, such as immigration or education, and build an activist campaign around it.   

The event will be held at the Horizons School in Decatur July 29-31, 2011.  There is a $50 registration fee, which includes food and housing, but travel and registration scholarships are available and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  

Click HERE for the  brochure and HERE for the registration form.  There will also be the opportunity for your group to table during the conference to let the youth know what you’re about.  

Please send an email to BeTheChange@gapeace.org if you would like to register or to learn more.  

7.    Developing a Governance Plan for Your Board webinar

Date: June 15, 2011
Time: 12 pm Eastern

Boost your board's productivity and governance by developing a written plan outlining what the board and its committees will accomplish in the next 6-12 months. A “ board governance plan” is a practical tool that shifts the board’s focus to governance priorities like strategy and fundraising, creates accountability, and—done right—takes the guess work out of board meeting agendas. Get started with this powerful practice using ICL's helpful planning templates and guidance in this 60-minute webinar. Click HERE for more information.

8.    Alliance for Justice Lobbying Rules for Nonprofits
Date: May 26th, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern
This webinar will explain the federal laws governing 501(c)3 lobbying, including how to calculate your lobbying limits under the insubstantial part test and the 501(h) expenditure test, definitions for direct and grassroots lobbying, exemptions to the definition of lobbying and the application of these rules to the ballot measure activities. Click HERE to register.

9.    ICL’s Leading from Within
Discover your unique capacity to lead in this five-month ICL intensive program of workshops, coaching, and peer learning.  Develop a leadership style that takes advantage for your unique personal traits. Be ready to tackle any situation through greater awareness of your individual strengths and confidence to impact others.  Develop life-long leadership skills to create productive teams, address conflicts, and build the trusting relationships we all need to succeed.  CLick HERE for more information.

10.    Take River Network’s Salary Survey
This survey will collect an overview of salaries and benefits provided to individuals employed by nonprofit river conservation organizations nationwide. River Network will compile results and provide them to their partner groups. To take the survey, click HERE.

11.    Risk Assessment (aka “Insurance—should you get some?”) Webinar
This FREE webinar will explore how to assess and contain your risk, and review various topics related to risk management and the appropriate insurance coverage for your organization and board members. Susan Smith has specialized in insuring nonprofit organizations in all 50 states, for the past 15 years, and has partnered with Great American Insurance Company, to provide a greatly discounted D&O coverage for River Network Partners. Click HERE to RSVP.

12.     Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's Spring Events
The 15th Annual River Revival on May 19 at Park Tavern will offer a huge party with a purpose at a bargain price. This fundraiser for UCR will feature a triple-threat of rock ’n’ roll from Ken Block and Drew Copeland from Sister Hazel, local fave Ponderosa, and Nashville’s The Kicks.
 
Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door.  River Revival will include food from Park Tavern, beer from SweetWater, and a one-year membership to UCR. The River Rock Star Award will be given to filmmakers Rhett Turner and Jonathan Wickham, who produced Chattahoochee: From Water War to Water Vision. Click HERE for more information.

9th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival: join paddlers of all ages and skill levels on Saturday, June 11, for the 9th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival. The race course begins at Garrard Landing Park on Holcomb Bridge Road and ends at Riverside Park in Roswell, the site of the FREE family-friendly festival, music and awards presentation. Click HERE for more information.

13.    High Falls-Towaliga Watershed Alliance Annual Membership Meeting
Join HFTWA May 20th, 2011 @ 7PM @ the High Falls State Park Group shelter to hear Kevin Farrell, the Assistant Chief of the Watershed Protection Branch of the EPD speak about the proposed City of Forsyth - Rocky Creek/Towaliga River water withdrawal plan of several million gallons of water per day south of High Falls State Park. For more information, visit www.highfallstwa.org.

14.    Broad River Watershed Association Shoal Lily Float
The Broad River Watershed Association will host a canoe float on Saturday, May 21, to view the rare shoal lily along the lower section of the Broad River between Highway 17 and Highway 79 at the mouth of Clark Hill Lake.  DURING THE FLOAT, WE WILL ALSO DO A RIVER CLEANUP AS PART OF NATIONAL RIVER CLEANUP WEEK.  Bring your own canoe or contact Michael Moody at the Broad River Outpost, (706)795-3242, to arrange for a canoe or kayak.  Cost to non-members is $5 per person or $10 per family, plus any canoe rental.  Anyone interested should contact Jean Smith at (706)783-2308.

15.    Coosa River Basin Initiative Monitoring E. Coli in the Etowah River
In March 2011, CRBI launched a weekly bacteria monitoring program on the Etowah River to gauge the health of the river and provide river users with information about the safety of swimming in the river.

Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division has identified most of the Etowah River from Allatoona Dam to Rome as “polluted” because of high bacteria levels. The primary cause of the pollution is believed to be stormwater run off from urban and suburban areas and agricultural operations. Spills from sewage systems can also contribute to high bacteria levels.

CRBI will conduct weekly monitoring for e-coli bacteria at the US 411 Bridge near Kingston, at Grizzard Park at the Rome Bypass and at the 2nd Avenue Bridge in Rome.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers e-coli levels below 126 colony forming units per 100 milliliters (cfu/ml) safe for recreation, including swimming. Under such levels, EPA would expect eight illnesses for every 1,000 swimmers

Bacteria levels are dependent upon temperature and rainfall. Higher levels are expected during warmer weather because higher temperatures promote bacteria growth. During rain events, bacteria levels also rise as pollution washes off the surface of the land and flows to the Etowah and feeder streams.

For more information, visit www.coosa.org.

16.    Hire Your Next Boss!
Looking for a nonprofit job? This article makes some good points about what to look out for when you’re interviewing with your next boss. Click HERE to read the article.

17.    Low-Profile BUT High-Impact Nonprofit Work
Sometimes the most low-profile work you do is the most important! Click HERE to read the article.

18.    ICL’s 5 Leadership Practices
What makes a great nonprofit leader? ICL had made a list you can read HERE.

19.    ICL’s 7 Tips for working in Groups
Wise words for people working in coalitions.

20.    Fundraising Deadlines
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.
•    AEC Trust Technical Grants are made to charitable organizations seeking technical assistance.
Click here for more details. Deadlines: April 1 and September 1.
•    AGL Resources support environmental stewardship projects such as clean air, conservation, & green space. Unsolicited grants are welcome but are rarely approved. Deadline: Quarterly. Click
HERE for more details.
•    Ben and Jerry's Foundation provides grants ranging from $1,000 - $15,000 for grassroots organizing that leads to environmental change and addresses the root causes of environmental problems. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time and are reviewed three times a year.
Click here for more information.
•    The mission of the Educational Foundation of America is to improve individual lives and their surroundings through education and awareness, in hopes of bettering humanity and the world we inhabit. The Foundation’s areas of interest include the environment, reproductive freedom, theatre, drug policy reform, democracy, peace and national security issues, education, medicine, and human services. Letters of inquiry may be submitted by email at any time. Visit
www.efaw.org.
•    Environmental Protection Agency: Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program EPA annually awards grants and cooperative agreements under the Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Program to support pollution prevention/source reduction and/or resource conservation projects that reduce or eliminate pollution at the source. The grant program does not support projects that rely on reducing pollution by using recycling, treatment, disposal or energy recovery activities. This solicitation announces that EPA’s Regional Pollution Prevention (P2) Program Offices anticipate having up to $130,000, per region, to issue SRA awards in FY 2010. EPA will issue the awards in the form of grants and/or cooperative agreements. All funding will be awarded and managed by the EPA Regional P2 Program Offices. All of the forgoing estimates are subject to the availability of Congressional appropriations.
Click HERE for more information.
•    The Home Depot Foundation makes grants to 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charities for several purposes including community cleanup. Grants typically range from $10,000 to $50,000. Preference is given to proposals that encourage volunteerism and community engagement that result in the restoration or conservation of community and wildland forests for a healthier environment that address one or both of the following: restore urban or rural forests for environmental and economic benefit using community volunteers in planting and maintenance efforts, promote sustainable forestry management to ensure responsible harvesting and use of wood resources. Proposals are accepted throughout the year, and grants are awarded four times a year. Visit
www.homedepotfoundation.org.
•    The Impact Fund awards grants to non-profit legal firms, private attorneys and/or small law firms who seek to advance social justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice and/or poverty law. They seek to provide funding for public interest litigation that will potentially benefit a large number of people, lead to significant law reform, or raise public consciousness. The Impact Fund has awarded over $4 million in general and donor-advised grants, since its inception. The Impact Funds awards grants four times per year, with the average grant size being $10,000 - $15,000. The maximum grant amount awarded to any single applicant per year is $25,000. Pre-applications reviewed 4 times a year.
Click HERE for more information.
•    Ittleson Foundation supports innovative pilot, model and demonstration projects that will help move individuals, communities, and organizations from environmental awareness to environmental activism by changing attitudes and behaviors. Initial letters of inquiry due by April 1st or September 1st.
Click HERE for more information.
•    The Kodak American Greenways Program Grant provides “seed” grant awards to organizations that are growing our nation's network of greenways, blueways, trails and natural areas. Deadline: June 15, 2011. Click here for more information.
•    Mead Westvaco Foundation's primary focus is to enhance the quality of life in communities where MeadWestvaco has major operations and where MeadWestvaco employees and their families live and work. This includes providing direct grant support and encouraging active management and employee leadership involvement and volunteerism. Priorities for contributions in small and/or rural communities, where there are fewer sources of contributions, often address a broad range of needs. Support for urban communities is generally more targeted. Additionally, the Foundation seeks to provide leadership for advancing research, education and public dialogue on public policy issues of special interest, such as the economy, regulation and environmental stewardship. Proposals for grants are accepted throughout the year. Grants range from $250 to $10,000.
Click here for more information.
•    Norcross Wildlife Foundation provides funding for equipment and publications. Grants range from $1,000 - $5,000. Visit
www.norcrossws.org
•    The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation promotes a sustainable and just social and natural system by supporting grassroots organizations and movements committed to this goal. The Foundation provides support to organizations nationwide in the following funding categories: Protecting the Health and Environment of Communities Threatened by Toxics; Advancing Environmental Justice; Promoting a Sustainable Agricultural and Food System; and Ensuring Quality Reproductive Health Care as a Human Right. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit www.noyes.org.
•    Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance from the National Parks Service helps partners plan successful locally-led outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation projects.  Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance (RTCA) staff help with partnership-building to achieve community-set goals, organizational development, assessing resources, developing concept plans, public education and participation, and identifying potential sources of funding. The project applicant may be a state or local agency, tribe, non-profit organization, or citizens' group.  Federal agencies may apply in partnership with a local organization. Applications are due by August 1, 2011 for assistance beginning the following fiscal year (October 1 through September 30).  For more information, visit www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/rtca/        
•    Techsoup - Discounted Computer Software Click on this website to purchase computer software at great prices. Must be 501c3. www.techsoup.org.
•    Water Protection Network’s Action Assistance Fund is supported by grants from the McKnight Foundation, and other sources. The fund disperses small grants to WPN Members working to ensure that water projects and policies are economically and environmentally sound.  In many cases, member groups use the fund to hire technical experts that aid in stopping controversial, environmentally destructive and/or fiscally unjustified proposals and projects, and/or to promote non-structural, restoration, and 21st century solutions to water challenges. Twice a year, the Network will solicit proposals and award grants of up to $5,000.  The deadline for submitting an application for this 2011 Spring-Summer funding cycle is Friday June 24, 2011. Click here for more information.

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