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July 2012
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Georgia River Network News Stream
July 2012

1.    Paddle Georgia 2012
2.    First Paddler Completes 12 Rivers in 2012
3.    Help GRN win $50,000 video about Georgia’s Water Trails
4.    Deadline for Rivers Alive Registration is Quickly Approaching
5.    River Network Report: The Water Footprint of Energy
6.    American Rivers Report: Reservoirs are a 'Money Pit'
7.    New Conservation Measures Go Into Effect
8.    EPA Awarding $2.7 Million to Revitalize Urban Waters

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
9.    Paddle and Clean Up the South & Yellow Rivers
10.    Water Trails Workshop
11.    The Energy Play for Georgia’s Water Workshop
12.    Flint River Poker Paddle and Raft Race
13.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Patron Dinner
14.    Nutrient Pollution Educational Materials Online
15.    Secrets of Successful Year-End Appeal Webinar
16.    Strategic Positioning - Beyond Planning Webinar

Nonprofit Resources
17.    FAQ:  What IS a Consent Order, Anyway?
18.    Keep Text to a Minimum!
19.    Take a Vacation!

Fundraising Deadlines
20.    New Grant Opportunities


1.    Paddle Georgia 2012
Paddle Georgia 2012 may have been our best trip yet!  Over 350 paddlers traveled 105 miles down the Altamaha River from Reidsville to Darien to see the beauty and pollution on Georgia's "little Amazon". Find links to photos, media stories, blog posts and more HERE.

2.    First Paddler Completes 12 Rivers in 2012
Georgia River Network is encouraging river lovers to celebrate Georgia’s rivers – from wild places to urban waterways – by paddling 12 rivers in 2012.  

Gerry Cowart is the first participant to finish 12 rivers. Read stories submitted by paddlers HERE.

Help GRN win a $50,000 video about Georgia’s Water Trails
Georgia River Network has entered to win a $50,000 video which will be produced by the film making company, Encyclomedia.

If we win, we will use it to create a video that inspires folks to get out and enjoy Georgia’s rivers with their family and friends by introducing them to GA’s Water Trails.

To WIN we need your VOTE!

The contest ends JULY 31st and we’ve got some stiff competition so we REALLY need help in SPREADING the WORD to EVERYONE we know! Please check out our PITCH and then VOTE!

To help spread the word, you can forward this e-mail to your friends and colleagues and share on Facebook - here is a link to a post on our Facebook page that you can share!

4.    Deadline for Rivers Alive Registration is Quickly Approaching
Rivers Alive cleanup organizers, now is the time to register your cleanup! All registrations received before July 31 automatically qualify for free t-shirts. Click HERE to register. 

5.    River Network Report: The Water Footprint of Energy
A new report by River Network provides the first accounting of how much water is used to generate electricity on an average per-kilowatt basis. The report, Burning Our Rivers: The Water Footprint of Electricity found that for every gallon of water used in an average household, five times more water (40,000 gallons each month) is used to provide that home with electricity via hydropower turbines and fossil fuel power plants.

The Burning Our Rivers report summarizes current research on the water consumption of all power production in the U.S., including the water consumption of both non-renewable and renewable energy sources.

6.    American Rivers Report: Reservoirs are a 'Money Pit'
Drought-stricken states throughout the Southeast are headed down a risky path by choosing expensive reservoirs as a panacea for water-supply solutions, American Rivers concluded in a report released this month.

Money Pit: The High Cost and High Risk of Water Supply Reservoirs in the Southeast documents the financial risks and water resource risks tied to new water supply reservoirs around the South in general and in Georgia in particular. Proposed Georgia reservoir projects, for example, could total $10 billion in taxpayer and ratepayer dollars.

Read more about the report HERE.

7.    New Conservation Measures Go Into Effect in Georgia
Three of the four new mandatory water conservation measures required by the 2010 Georgia Water Stewardship Act went into effect this month. When fully implemented, these measures could save about 23.4 million gallons of water per day (MGD) in metro Atlanta by 2035 – which is about one-third of Gwinnett County's daily use. (The first of these measures, a year-round restriction on select daytime outdoor watering, became effective in early 2011.)

The three measures that went into effect this month:

• Individual ("sub") meters for newly constructed multi-tenant buildings, including residential, commercial, and industrial units.
• High efficiency plumbing code change (toilets, urinals, faucets) for newly constructed buildings
• High efficiency industrial cooling systems required for new industrial buildings
While these measures represent progress in the state's commitment to water conservation, we can and should do more. This summer, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper will release their annual update to Filling the Water Gap: Conservation Successes and Missed Opportunities in Metro Atlanta.  Also check out this insightful article in Circle of Blue HERE.

8.    EPA Awarding $2.7 Million to Revitalize Urban Waters
EPA is awarding $2.7 million to 46 organizations in 32 states and Puerto Rico to help restore urban waters, support community revitalization and protect Americans’ health.  The grants range from $30,000 to $60,000 for projects across the country, including in a number of underserved communities.  Recipients will promote the restoration of urban waters through community engagement and outreach, water quality monitoring and studies, and environmental education and training.

EPA’s Urban Waters program supports the goals and principles of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, a partnership of 12 federal agencies working to reconnect urban communities with their waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies and collaborating with community-led revitalization efforts.

For information on EPA’s Urban Waters program and to view a list of the projects to be funded, click HERE.

9.    Paddle and Clean Up the South & Yellow Rivers
Here’s an opportunity to rediscover Atlanta’s nearly forgotten rivers! Georgia River Network is hosting two cleanup training and natural history floats in the month of September! Learn how to organize your own community river cleanup while paddling these majestic rivers, or just get to know the awe-inspiring wildlife that has made its home on the river and hear a local historian’s fascinating stories about the River’s past.

When: South River, Sept 8th 9am – 2pm
        Yellow River, Sept 15th 9 am-2pm
Online Registration opens August 1st at

10.    Water Trails Workshop
GRN is hosting a water trails workshop in Porterdale, Georgia on October 13, 2012.  Mark your calendars, more details coming soon at!

11.   Energy Play for Georgia’s Water Workshop

The Technology Association of Georgia presents this workshop entitled "The Energy Play for Georgia's Water: Is it really Georgia's and is there enough?" Water is a vital resource for energy generation, and in Georgia, the Water Wars continue, although recent court rulings and announcements from the US Army Corps of Engineers suggest the tide could be turning in Georgia’s favor. The interdependence of energy production and water create a twin imperative for private and public sector businesses and institutions requiring sufficient access and ever-growing efficiency in production, delivery, and use.

Date: Thursday, July 26, 2012
Time: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, GA in the Cowie-Weiss Autitorium.
Cost: $15 for TAG Members, $30 for nonmembers
Click HERE for more information and to register.

12.    Flint River Poker Float and Raft Race
Join the Flint Riverkeeper on the lower Flint for the Third Annual Flint River Poker Float and Raft Race to benefit the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes.  
When: Saturday, July 28th, 2012. Registration 7:00am, Raft Race 3:00pm
Where: Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat, Newton, Georgia
Cost: $35 per hand
Register online HERE.
13.    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Patron Dinner
The newly renamed Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s 18th Annual Patron Dinner will be held Thursday, Sept. 13, at The Foundry at Atlanta's Puritan Mill! CRK's most important fundraiser of the year also offers them a chance to recognize some of their most valuable river supporters and advocates.

This year CRK is recognizing GRN’s very own April Ingle with their River Advocate Award, for "her passion and leadership as an organizer of Paddle Georgia, galvanizing thousands of people to love rivers and work to protect them."

Registration will open in early August, but until then, save the date and look for more information HERE.

14.    Nutrient Pollution Educational Materials Online
To help raise awareness about nutrient pollution, which is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in the air and water, EPA has developed new educational materials, including:

  • Community Outreach Toolkit-designed to assist watershed groups, NGOs, states, and federal partners with messaging and outreach to the media about nutrient pollution.

  • Nutrient Pollution Video-aims to raise awareness about nutrient problem, the first step in addressing and reducing the problem.

  • Postcard/Poster-shows a before and after photo of Lake Erie to illustrate the impacts of nutrient pollution.

  • Future Farmers of America Curriculum-EPA worked with several other federal agencies on lesson plans for young farmers about source water protection and management practices that can help control runoff to protect surface and groundwater.

You can access the first three and other materials HERE.  
The curriculum can be directly found HERE.

15.    Secrets of Successful Year-End Appeals Webinar
Join ICL for their annual do’s and don'ts review for how to write an annual appeal. Critique sample direct mail letters and get your questions answered about the right enclosures, timing, personal touch, and more in this interactive 75-minute webinar for nonprofit organizations.
When: September 7, 2012, 1 PM
Cost: $90 for 75 minute webinar
Click HERE to register.

16.    Strategic Positioning - Beyond Planning Webinar
If your organization is clear about its mission and skilled at setting and achieving goals, strategic positioning - rather than strategic planning - is the tool you need to take your organization to its next level of success and sustainability. Strategic positioning also offers stagnant organizations a way to identify new markets, niches, and opportunities and help your organization reinvent.
What:   Strategic Positioning - Beyond Planning  
When:  Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. MST
Cost:    $15   
Click HERE to register.

17.    FAQ: What IS a Consent Order, Anyway?
This month, Chris Manganiello, Georgia River Network’s Policy Director, answers a question he gets asked all the time:

Question: I hear about the Georgia EPD filing consent orders against polluters like King America Finishing and Rayonier.  What does that mean?

Read Chris' response HERE.

18.    Keep Text to a Minimum!
You should if you want people to read it!  Click HERE to read the article.

19.    Take a Vacation!
Seriously! It’s summertime! 

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

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