Media Advisory: Georgia Water Coalition to Release 2017 Clean 13 Report

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release, August 31, 2017

Contact: Joe Cook, 706-409-0128, [email protected]

Georgia Water Coalition to Release 2017 Clean 13 Report

When: Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m.

Where: By tele-press conference. Please RSVP

Dial-In Instructions: 912-226-4313, NO PIN needed

Web Presentation: A slide deck to accompany the call is available at: https://www.gawater.org/clean-13

What: On Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 10:00 am EST, the Georgia Water Coalition will host a tele-press conference for the release of our inaugural Clean 13 Report. This report highlights the extraordinary work accomplished by individuals, businesses, industries, non-profit organizations and state and local governments to protect Georgia’s water.

Entities recognized in the Clean 13 Report include:

  • City of Atlanta—Stormwater management ordinance eliminates pollution.
  • Cox Enterprises—Conservation-minded company recycles water to protect Chattahoochee.
  • Solar Crowdsource—Decatur company brings solar to small businesses and homeowners to protect multiple Georgia rivers.
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources—State agency restores and protects Paulding County’s Raccoon Creek.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology—Green infrastructure projects transform campus into model for water efficiency, relieve pollution of Tanyard Creek.
  • Ladybug Farms—Rabun County organic farm extols the virtues of rainwater harvesting.
  • Macon Water Authority—Innovative pipe restoration protects Ocmulgee River.
  • Mark Masters—Water Planning and Policy Center Director provides facts to steer Georgia water policy.
  • Chairman John Meadows—Powerful state legislator takes the lead on bills protecting drinking water.
  • Scott Bridge Company—Bridge builder uses design and construction to protect endangered fish and mussels.
  • South Fork Conservancy—Citizens organize $4.5 million restoration and trail project on Peachtree Creek and its forks.
  • Storm Water Systems—Company’s trash traps remove litter from streams, keep it out of oceans.
  • United Parcel Service—Package delivery giant eliminates carbon emissions and stormwater pollution in Columbus and other locations across state.

Please RSVP Here: https://goo.gl/forms/8VQF8iXv6lh6V5Wr2

Mott Foundation Regrant Program

Mott Foundation Regrant Program
Building New Relationships to Advance Georgia Water Coalition Priorities
Call for Proposals – July, 2017
The Georgia Water Coalition (GWC) has identified a need to forge new and strategic partnerships across Georgia to advance GWC priorities as outlined in the 2016 Strategic Plan.  With generous support from the Mott Foundation, the Re-Grant Program will provide GWC partner groups with funding to support efforts to advance the GWC’s priority issues in their watersheds or regions. This program will provide grants in the range of $1,000 to $10,000.  Georgia River Network (GRN) is administering the Re-Grant program with guidance from a program committee made up of members of the GWC Leadership Team including Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Flint Riverkeeper, GRN, and Georgia Wildlife Federation. The Re-Grant Committee  invites GWC partners—e.g. watershed organizations, Riverkeepers, regional organizations, etc.—who are well positioned to cultivate relationships with local decision makers in chambers of commerce, Farm Bureau chapters and other regional institutions, with the near and long-term goals for bringing great influence to bear on state-level elected officials. Re-Grant funds will be awarded to partner groups to implement strategic projects that further the progress on GWC priority issues listed in the 2016 Strategic Plan.  Eligibility for a re-grant requires that the proposed work take place in Georgia. The organization must be a GWC Partner and non-profit 501c3 organization. To apply, submit a one page proposal in a word document format that includes a project budget, identifies measurable and achievable results and outlines the work plan for the project.  Submit the proposal via email to Dana Skelton at [email protected] by August 31, 2017.  The funds will be disbursed to grantees upon receipt of a signed grant contract.  Projects must be underway by February 15, 2018 and a report on progress will be due at that time. If you do not have a copy of the 2016 GWC Strategic Plan, contact Gina Rogers at [email protected].

 

Required Groundwater Report Running Behind Schedule

For Immediate Release
Required Groundwater Report Running Behind Schedule
ATLANTA, GA (July 11, 2017)—During the 2015 Georgia Legislative Session the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 1198, which required the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to issue a report detailing its review of current underground drinking water regulations by June 30, 2017. The report has yet to be issued by EPD, but new groundwater contamination has been identified since 2015 as a result of leaking coal ash ponds at coal fired power plants round the state. Read the full release at https://www.gawater.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/2017_07_11Groundwater-report-late.pdf