Water Programs

Establishing a Stream Stewardship Project or Non-Profit Organization

Benchmarking Your Organization's Development. Published by the Institute for Conservation Leadership. Call (301) 270-2900; http://www.icl.org/.

C(3) or C(4): Choosing Your Tax Exempt Status. Chris Cook. 1991. Different categories of tax-exemption permit groups to carry out different activities. This booklet serves as an introduction to the two most common tax-exemptions for river groups, 501 C(3) and 501 C(4). Source: River Network, 520 SW 6th Avenue, No. 1130, Portland, OR 97204; or call (503)-241-3506 or (800)-423-6747; http://www.rivernetwork.org/.

Chesapeake Bay Community Action Guide: A Step-by-Step Guide to Improving the Environment in Your Neighborhood. 1994. This 94-page manual focuses on the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Includes information on storm drain stenciling, stream cleanups, reforestation and tree care, and local resources. Reference No. 94705. Source: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 777 N. Capitol St., N.E., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20002-4201; or call (202) 962-3256; http://www.mwcog.org/.

Economic Impacts of Protecting Rivers, Trails and Greenway Corridors. 1992. This resource manual encourages the use of economic concepts as part of the effort to protect and promote greenways. Source: The Conservation Fund, American Greenways Program, 1800 N. Kent St. Suite 1120, Arlington, VA. 22209; or call (703) 525-6300; http://www.conservationfund.org/.

Exploring the Watershed Approach: Critical Dimensions of State-Local Partnerships. Stephen M. Born and Kenneth D. Genshow. 1999. This report helps identify the advantages and limitations of the watershed approach. Leading watershed practitioners from Florida, Washington, California and Massachusetts explore issues of watershed collaboration and partnerships between non-governmental watershed organizations and state environmental protection and natural resource agencies. Source: River Network, 520 SW 6th Avenue, No. 1130, Portland, OR 97204;or call (503)-241-3506 or (800)-423-6747; http://www.rivernetwork.org/.

Greenways: A Guide to Planning, Design and Development. 1993. A 351- page step-by-step guide to envisioning, funding, implementing and managing a greenways project. Source: Island Press, Box 7, Covelo, CA 95428; or call (800) 828-1302; ISBN No.1-55963-137-6; http://www.islandpress.org/.

Greenways for America. 1990. A planning manual for communities that has many examples of river corridor projects and a good bibliography. Source: The John Hopkins University Press, Hampden Station, Baltimore, MD 21211; or call (410) 516-6956; http://www.press.jhu.edu/.

Institute for Conservation Leadership. An organization that helps conservation groups with fundraising, board development and other activities. Source: Institute for Conservation Leadership; 6930 Carroll Ave, Suite 420, Takoma Park, MD 20912, 301-270-2900; http://www.icl.org/.

Restoring Streams in Cities. Ann Riley. 1998. This 400-page book describes the interdisciplinary approach to stream management and presents a logical sequence of land-use planning, site design, and watershed restoration measures. Source: Island Press, Box 7, Dept. 2NET, Covelo, CA 95428; or call 800-828-1302; http://www.islandpress.org/.

Riparian Forest Buffers: Function and Design for Protection and Enhancement of Water Resources. 3rd Edition. 1996. A 20-page guide to the function and design of riparian forest buffers for protection and enhancement of water resources. Produced by the U.S. Forest Service. Source: U.S. Government Printing Office. Call (202) 512-1800; Stock No. 001-001-00657-2; http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/.

River Talk! Communicating a Watershed Message. Polly Dement. 1998. This hands-on guide is designed for people who want to be more efficient and effective in encouraging key sectors of their communities to get involved in designing a river-and watershed-friendly future. Source: River Network, 520 SW 6th Avenue, No. 1130, Portland, OR 97204; or call (503)-241-3506 or (800)-423-6747; http://www.rivernetwork.org/.

The Standards and Practices Guidebook: An Operating Manual for Land Trusts. Published by the Land Trust Alliance. 564 pages. (While this book is aimed at land trusts, over half the material applies to any nonprofit organization.); or call (202) 638-4725; http://www.lta.org/.

Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for The Nonprofit Sector. Published by the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations. Downloadable for no cost at http://www.marylandnonprofits.org/.

Starting Up: A Handbook for New River and Watershed Organizations. Kathy Luscher. 1996. Based on the experience of dozens of veteran leaders in the river and conservation movements, these articles lay out the critical moves every newly forming organization needs to thrive and grow, including: choosing a name, developing your mission statement, recruiting your board of directors, fundraising, working with volunteers, working with the media and producing a newsletter. Source: River Network, 520 SW 6th Avenue, No. 1130, Portland, OR 97204; or call (503)-241-3506 or (800)-423-6747; http://www.rivernetwork.org/.

Stream Steward Restoration Guide. Drue Deberry. 2001. While the information in this guide is tailored to coldwater fisheries containing trout, the principles and planning process described are applicable to all kinds of stream restoration projects. Source: American Forest Foundation, 111 19th Street, NW, Suite 780, Washington, DC 20036; or call (888) 889-4466 or (202) 463-2462; http://www.treefarmsystem.org/.

Top Ten Watershed Lessons Learned. Published by EPA, Office of Water, OWOW. Downloadable at www.epa.gov/owow/lessons; or call 1-800-490-9198 and ask for publication EPA840-F-97-001.

Voices of the Watershed: A Guide to Urban Watershed Management Planning Based on the Experiences of the North Branch Watershed Project. Naomi J. Cohn. 1999. An 83-page book that explains the challenges of restoring urban watershed. Using the experiences of planning for a local watershed, the book provides guidelines for developing a watershed management plan, fundraising, involving the community, and locating additional resources. Source: Friends of the Chicago River, 407 South Dearborn St., Suite 1580, Chicago, IL 60605; or call (312) 939-0490; http://www.chicagoriver.org/.

The Volunteer Monitor's Guide to Quality Assurance Plans. The document is designed to help volunteer program coordinators develop a quality assurance project (or quality assurance/quality control plan). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds. Source: National Center for Environmental Publications and Information. U.S. EPA, National Service Center for Environmental Publications, PO Box 42419, Cincinnati, OH 45242; or call (800) 490-9198; Reference No.EPA 841-B-96-003; www.epa.gov/ncepihom.

Water in Environmental Planning. 1978. A book co-authored by Luna Leopold. Essential for serious students of river hydrology. Source: W.H. Freeman and Co., 4419 West 1980 South St. Salt Lake City, UT 84104; or call (800) 877-5351; ISBN No.07167-0079-4; http://www.whfreeman.com/

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