Georgia River Network / Turner Foundation Grants

2007 Grantees

Georgia River Network is pleased to announce the grantees selected to receive funding through our grant program. This program supports projects that are designed to address water quality degradation from non-point source pollution. Thanks to support from the Turner Foundation, Georgia River Network was able to re-grant $80,000 to grassroots groups protecting Georgia’s rivers. Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Altamaha Riverkeeper – Darien, GA ($10,000)

To create greater interest in citizen monitoring to prevent sediment from entering the salt marsh and damaging the ecological function of the marsh, and to secure regulatory action from the responsible regulatory agency.

Center for A Sustainable Coast – St. Simons Island, GA ($5,000)

To use communication and education to build the needed constituency to advocate for local adoption and implementation of conservation ordinances.

Chattooga Conservancy – Clayton, GA ($7,500)

To stop or restrict floodplain filling within the City of Clayton in Severe Flood Hazard Areas and ensure that minimal flood plain management standards are incorporated and enforced in the Clayton floodplain ordinance to reduce sediment into Stekoa Creek.

Coosa River Basin Initiative – Rome, GA ($10,000)

To address land development and non-point source pollution in the Upper Coosa Basin by facilitating Get the Dirt Out trainings, monitoring active construction sites and addressing stream buffer variance applications that will have significant impacts on water quality and the basin’s rare and imperiled species.

Environment Georgia Research and Policy Center – Atlanta, GA ($4,000)

To create Georgia’s first Outstanding National Resource Water in the headwaters of the Conasauga River.

Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition – Murphy, NC ($4,000)

To work with local governments in north Georgia to create and implement a certification program for developers that will follow the 22 better site design principles outlined in the Northeast Georgia Growth Readiness Report.

Ogeechee Canoochee Riverkeeper – Statesboro, GA ($10,000)

To bring citizens together in sustained efforts to protect their local waters by utilizing a multifaceted approach to recruit and engage new volunteers, educate the public about nonpoint source pollution issues from construction, provide information to builders and contractors about preventing pollution and measure the responsiveness of local, federal, and state government to citizen complaints.

Satilla Riverkeeper – Waynesville, GA ($10,000)

To create a working alliance that comes to agreement on key issues affecting the watershed and makes specific policy proposals to restore hydrologic functions in the watershed.

Savannah Riverkeeper – Augusta, GA ($10,000)

To implement the Get the Dirt Out program throughout the Savannah River watershed.