TCWN e-Newsletter 29 - July 7, 2002 Inside this Issue!

1. TDEC public meetings - Come and discuss your watershed assessment!
2. Celebrate the CWA's 30th Birthday - Encourage Your Community To Sign the Clean Water Proclamation!
3. Nominate Your River - The Most Endangered River
4. An Easy Way to Help - Rescue the Rivers!
5. Funding Opportunity - WHIP Accepting Applications for FY02 Funding
6. Funding Opportunity - Fish America Foundation
7. Funding Opportunity: Southern Aquatics Conservation Initiative
8. Event - National Water Monitor Day
9. Action Alert - Support federal funding for river conservation in the River Budget
10. Position Announcement - Southwings: Executive Director
11. Participate in River Education: Introducing RiverSmart
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1. TDEC public meetings: Come and discuss your watershed assessment!

If you live or are interested in the Ocoee, Stones River, Watts Bar, Watauga, South Fork of the Forked Deer, Nonconnah, Harpeth, or Emory/Obed River watershed, please mark the dates below! The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is using a watershed approach to address water quality. In order to provide an opportunity for the public to become involved, the approach includes three public meetings in each watershed every five years. The first five-year watershed management cycle is complete for Group 1 Watersheds. Meeting dates for the summer of 2002 have been set to discuss watershed-specific plans, which can be viewed and downloaded at: http://www.state.tn.us/environment/wpc/wsmplans/index.html

WATERSHED DATE LOCATION LOCAL TIME

Ocoee Aug 5 3rd Floor CourtroomCourthouseBenton 7:00 pm

Stones Aug 8 AuditoriumFleming Training Center2022 Blanton AvenueMurfreesboro 7:00 pm

Watts Bar Aug 12 Kingston Community Center201 Patton Ferry RoadKingston 7:00 pm

Watauga Aug13 Sycamore Shoals State Park1651 West Elk AvenueElizabethton 7:00 pm

South Fork Forked Deer Aug 19 Energy Authority Training Center604b South RoyalJackson 5:00 pm

Nonconnah Aug 20 EAC-MemphisSuite E-645 Perimeter Park2510 Mount Moriah RoadMemphis 7:00 pm

Harpeth Aug 27 AuditoriumWilliamson County Admin. Complex100 West Main StreetFranklin 7:00 pm

Emory Aug 29 Morgan County CourthouseSouth Kingston and Main StreetsWartburg 7:00 pm

2. Celebrate the CWA's 30th Birthday - Encourage Your Community To Sign the Clean Water Proclamation!

Looking for a way to involve your community - and particularly your local decision makers - in clean water issues? Are you trying to raise the visibility of your organization? Do you want to be heard?

The national Clean Water Network has launched its "City Clean Water Proclamation Campaign" and the Tennessee Clean Water Network is here to help you do it! The campaign empowers your organization, your community and your local government to use the Clean Water Act to protect your precious waters and to revitalize them as you rejuvenate your neighborhood.

The goal of the Network's campaign is to get 100 cities nationwide to take a public stand for clean water by signing on to a clean water proclamation, and making specific commitments to achieve clean water. The proclamation puts your city or local government on record as supporting clean water. It also gives your organization a positive, proactive opportunity to work with your local government to recommit to the Clean Water Act on its 30th anniversary. Click here for more
information: http://www.cwn.org/docs/30thanniversary/

3. Nominate Your River - The Most Endangered River

Do you know an endangered river? American Rivers is currently soliciting nominations for the Most Endangered Rivers of 2003 report. Get more information and the nomination form here: http://www.amrivers.org/mostendangered/2003nominationform.htm

4. An Easy Way to Help - Rescue the Rivers!

Rivers provide us with water to drink and irrigate our fields, with fish for food and sport, and they are the source of recreation like swimming and boating. But we have already lost more than 50% of the wetlands, rivers and streams in the U.S. Our freshwater resources are facing a range of threats including dams, runoff, invasive species and development.

Now there's an easy way for you to help - for free. Just go to the Rescue the Rivers page and click on the "Nature Valley - Rescue the Rivers" button: http://nature.org/naturevalley/

Nature Valley Granola Bars will donate $1 to the Conservancy (up to
$125,000) on your behalf each time you click. While you're there you
can:
- Learn ways to conserve water in your own home
- Take our Rivers Quiz
- Find out about our work on rivers you can visit
- Learn more about The Nature Conservancy's Freshwater Initiative

5. Funding Opportunity - WHIP Accepting Applications for FY02 Funding

The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) is now accepting applications for FY02, with $15 million available to be spent by the end of the current fiscal year (September 30, 2002). WHIP provides cost-share assistance to landowners and others to enhance and protect wildlife habitat on their lands. The program enrolls upland and wetland habitat in accordance with state priorities, and to date, has enrolled more than 10,000 agreements covering 1.6 million acres. Successful projects include streambank and riparian restoration, improving habitat for grassland birds, and removal of non-native species that are detrimental to wildlife. Examples of WHIP projects can be viewed at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip/factsheets/.

For more information or to apply, contact your state WHIP coordinator, or your local conservation district or USDA Service Center office. You can find your state WHIP coordinator online at : http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip/contacts.html.

You can see 2002 WHIP Program Fact Sheets at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/farmbill/2002/pdf/WHIPPrDs.pdf

6. Funding Opportunity - Fish America Foundation

FAF now has an open call for proposals for two different grant
opportunities. Approximately $100K in matching funds will be available
to state and local chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association for habitat restoration projects. Another $250K will be made available for citizen-driven habitat restoration projects under a partnership with NOAA for community habitat restoration projects. Project proposals must be submitted on the application form that is available at the website
below, and they will be accepted through July 24th. Emphasis is being
placed on habitat restoration, the extent to which the project will improve fisheries habitat, and partnerships with community groups or
other organizations. Much more information about these opportunities
is available at the following web site: http:// www.fishamerica.org

7. Funding Opportunity: Southern Aquatics Conservation Initiative

The Southern Aquatics Conservation Initiative offers an excellent funding opportunity for natural resource conservation projects in the Southeast. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is seeking project ideas to fund as challenge grants under this program, through which the Foundation will support projects that protect, conserve or enhance freshwater ecosystems throughout the Southeast. Please visit the website, (www.nfwf.org), to learn more about the funding and challenge grant guidelines.

This year we they have approximately $500,000 available for projects. The Southern Rivers Conservation Initiative supports on-the-ground projects to restore and enhance riparian and riverine habitat in twelve southeastern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Projects should benefit USDA Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, or Tennessee Valley Authority land, occur on ecologically-important private land, or benefit anadromous fish habitat. Projects funded through this initiative will fall into one or more of the following three categories: Stream Restoration (Restore Our Southern Rivers) Freshwater Mussel Conservation (projects that support the National Strategy for Mussel Conservation) Southeastern Imperiled Fishes Management (projects that support the Southeastern Imperiled Fishes Management Plan)

Contact Peter Stangel at [email protected] if you have questions. We
strongly urge interested applicants to contact Peter to discuss project ideas.

8. Event - National Water Monitor Day

In partnership with America's Clean Water Foundation (ACWF) and the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators (ASWIPCA); EPA, USDA, NOAA, and other Federal agencies; State agencies; and volunteer coordinators from watershed groups across the Nation, the USGS will participate in National Monitoring Day activities. Tentatively scheduled October 12 - 20, 2002, these water-related activities will be planned to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.

Goals: To focus on public education about monitoring and clean water; outreach and publicity in support of existing volunteer monitoring efforts; and, enhanced partnerships among volunteers and professionals interested in, and working on, water-related issues at the watershed, State, and national levels.

9. Action Alert - Support federal funding for river conservation in the River Budget

The last two federal budgets have reduced or zeroed out many river conservation programs. With tight budgets, it's more important than ever before to tell Congress and the White House how much we care about funding for our natural treasures and healthy rivers. Federal spending must make room for conserving our natural resources at the same time that we set priorities for protecting and securing our land.

Each year since 1997, American Rivers and hundreds of local, regional, and national conservation groups have collaborated to produce the River
Budget: National Priorities for Local River Conservation. The report identifies key federal funding priorities for river conservation and restoration.

More than 600 conservation and community groups in all 50 states and Puerto Rico endorsed the FY'03 report. We hope your group will sign on in support of the recommendations for FY'04. Together we can send a strong signal to the White House and Congress about the American public's support for river conservation and restoration.

Read the draft overview or full document online at http://www.amrivers.org/riverbudget/riverbudget2004draft.htm.

Please bear in mind that the overview and full report are in draft form. Most federal appropriations for FY'03 and a few funding recommendations for FY'04 have not been finalized and are subject to some change.

If your group would like to endorse the River Budget for FY'04, please contact Jamie Mierau by phone at (202) 347-7550, by fax (202) 347-9240, or by e-mail at [email protected]

10. Position Announcement - Southwings Executive Director

SouthWings, the nonprofit conservation flight service for the southeastern United States, is pleased to announce the search for an Executive Director to be responsible for: researching, planning, coordinating and implementing its policies, projects and programs; drafting and controlling the annual budget; and supporting the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director shall provide staff leadership in the development, planning, coordination, and implementation of all fundraising efforts conducted by or on behalf of SouthWings. S/he is responsible for financial and in-kind resource development, all aspects of grant-seeking, all fundraising and special events and will conceptualize and implement appropriate recognition and stewardship for donors. S/he will develop tracking systems for donor relations and will develop goals and an annual workplan to reach overall goals.

Qualifications: This position requires a minimum of five years experience with demonstrated results developing financial resources for a nonprofit organization, excellent verbal and written communication skills, organizational and interpersonal skills, and a Bachelors degree. The ability to work effectively with diverse community groups and key publics is a must. Proficient knowledge of Word, Excel, and other appropriate software is a must. SouthWings is an equal opportunity employer. No e-mail or internet inquiries will be answered. For more information, please see our website,
www.southwings.org Before August 30, 2002, please submit cover letter,
resume, three references, and salary expectations to: SouthWings, Attn: Search Committee, 730 East First Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403

11. Participate in River Education: Introducing RiverSmart

RiverSmart is a national public education campaign designed to show people how simple changes in their everyday activities can help our nation's rivers. The goal of RiverSmart is to make lasting changes to improve our rivers and drinking water supply.

RiverSmart is a project of River Network, the nation's leader in supporting over 4,000 local river and watershed group nationwide who are working to save their home rivers and waters. River Network Partner groups are placing RiverSmart television, radio and newspaper ads in media outlets across the nation.

To review the entire campaign log onto: http://www.riversmart.org/

The Tennessee Clean Water Network is coordinating the efforts of organizations, agencies, and others across the state to get the
RiverSmart message out to the public. If you sign up to receive
RiverSmart materials, you will receive a packet complete with logos, public service announcements, fact sheets, and much more. We are hoping that everyone can participate and get the word out about how everyone can protect water resources. In addition to the RiverSmart packets, TCWN will be putting together simple fact sheets on information about Tennessee's water quality and Tennessee specific information to help people understand what is going on locally.

The following organizations are involved with RiverSmart: TCWN, Tennessee Environmental Council, Cumberland River Compact, Little River Watershed Association, Emory River Watershed Association, Duck River Watershed Project (TSRA), Harpeth River Watershed Association, Friends of the Clinch and Powell Rivers, League of Women Voters. In addition, the Tennessee Valley Authority has expressed some interest in helping getting the word out. Nancy Bell and Judy Moore of the Friends of the Clinch and Powell Rivers have graciously agreed to organize the nine-county region in upper East Tennessee to ensure full coverage to local public. The better that we can cover the state, the more people that will become aware that clean water is an important issue in Tennessee! If you wish to participate in this campaign, please call us at TCWN, 865-522-7007, if you have any questions or simply want to brainstorm about how to get these important issues into your local watershed.

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River-Saver Tip of the Week

Your clothes dryer: The energy efficiency of a clothes dryer depends on unobstructed air circulation. So the filter and exhaust hose should be kept clear. Don't forget to clean the dryer's lint filter after each use.

Now that it is summertime, though, consider hanging your clothes out to dry on a line outside. Not only does it save energy, there's nothing like the smell of fresh laundry hanging out in the sun!

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