Georgia River Network / Turner Foundation Grants
Thanks to support from the Turner Foundation, Georgia River Network was able to re-grant funds to grassroots groups protecting Georgia’s rivers. Grants were awarded to the following organizations:
1. Altamaha Riverkeeper ($10,000)
To work with volunteers to investigate, monitor, and report on development sites to ensure proper stormwater management and buffers to reduce sedimentation and non-point source pollution on problem sites.
2. Altamaha Riverkeeper - Oconee ($8,000)
To encourage the Athens-Clarke County government to assist local restaurant owners in improving water efficiency within their businesses.
3. Coosa River Basin Initiative ($10,000)
To improve stream health and protect aquatic habitat by preventing non-point source pollution. Includes partnering with the City of Rome Water & Sewer Department to identify homes with downspouts connected to sanitary sewer lines, and encouraging homeowners to disconnect their downspouts and redirect this stormwater flow to rain barrels and their home landscapes.
4. Savannah Riverkeeper ($7,000)
To train key personnel from each watershed group in the use of the Get the Dirt Out Database, complete the LIA contact database, mount a campaign to convince Richmond County that conservation pricing is needed for water conservation, and hold three Get the Dirt Out trainings for volunteers.
5. Satilla Riverkeeper ($10,000)
To finalize a TMDL implementation plan for an impaired segment in the lower river and develop local zoning code in Brantley County, including stream and river buffers, floodplain ordinances, and wetland ordinances.
6. Little Tennessee Watershed Association ($5,000)
To combat interbasin transfers between the Little Tennessee River and the Chattooga River basins through local and state advocacy that steers the development of municipal sewer and drinking water services in Rabun County away from this practice.
7. Ogeechee Canoochee Riverkeeper ($10,000)
To identify sources of pollution and hold polluters accountable by actively responding to citizen complaints, tracking each complaint, reporting issues to government agencies, and tracking the responsiveness of government.