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Order Clean Water for Earth Month
The recent pollution event in West Virginia’s Elk River illuminates the critical importance of clean water to the health and economic vitality of our region. The James River and its tributaries compose one of the largest sources of water to Table Rock Lake and a substantial portion of the drinking water for the City of Springfield is taken from the James River. April 2014 is Earth Month and what better time to focus on protection of water quality.
It is with great pleasure that we here at the James River Basin Partnership (JRBP) announce the second edition of our annual One Glass-One Dime-One Time (1-1-1) funding campaign. The concept of the 1-1-1 campaign is simple. We are asking patrons of participating restaurants to donate just ten cents (one dime) for the first glass of water they drink with a meal, and only the first glass. Money generated from the 1-1-1 program will help fund JRBP’s projects and programs in the Ozarks and the funds stay 100% local.
During Earth Month April 2014 the 1-1-1 program is sponsored by five area restaurants. We are grateful to the staff and management of Springfield Brewing Company, Farmers Gastropub, Gilardis Ristorante, The Galloway Grill and Bair’s All American Sports Bars (4 locations) for sponsoring the 2014 program. The owners and operators of these fine dining establishments clearly understand the need for clean water and we encourage our members, partners and all friends of the James River to patronize participating restaurants and drop a dime for clean water.
The 1-1-1 program has the potential to generate a stream of income for JRBP and therefore become a mainstay of our sustainable funding plan as we move our organization into the future. We envision a time when restaurants throughout the James River Basin from Marshfield to Cassville are participating in this program. You can check our website for updates on the 1-1-1 program including a list of participating restaurants.
The James River has largely recovered from the severe nutrient pollution of 1998-2002. The James will however, always be a recovering river. The JRBP played a significant role in this dramatic recovery. With relatively high water quality in the James River you could ask why should I add a dime to my bill when eating out? The reasons to support JRBP are many, but below is a list of the more urgent issues still impacting the James River:
- Unprecedented development and population growth in the watershed
- Unprecedented and ongoing drought in the entire basin–the drought amplifies many of the other issues listed here
- Septic tank discharges-at least 10,000 failed systems as of 2006
- Nutrients-from urban, industrial, suburban and agricultural sources (especially nitrogen and phosphorus)
- Sediments-from land disturbance activities and improper land use practices
- Agricultural inputs-in particular cattle in the stream channel and deforestation of riparian corridors
- Environmental literacy-a continual effort is required to reach each new generation
We need your help. Get a group of friends and family together and eat out often during April at the locations above. Have an Earth Day Party at one of our participating locations on April 22 and make sure everyone orders a glass of water. By doing so you will be honoring the spirit of Earth Day and at the same time you will help us, help you protect the quality of water in the James River. We have a plan and the programs to sustain the recovery of the James River. We need your financial help to provide the resources to make the recovery permanent.
Don’t eat out much? Please consider becoming a member of JRBP with a tax deductible donation (you can join online) to help us continue our mission to protect the quality of water in our springs, streams, rivers and lakes. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated and you can be assured that your donation will be used to sustain our mission to protect and improve water quality in the springs, streams, rivers and lakes of the James River Basin.
If you would like to donate to JRBP please go to our WEB Site <www.jamesriverbasin.com> and click on the “Donate” link, or call our office at 417-836-8878.
Joe Kleiber Memorial Earth Day Clean-up
Tuesday April 22, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
We hope to see you on Earth Day helping to make our earth a little cleaner. This will be the 8th year that over 50 volunteers grab bags and go on the lake, river or shoreline to pick up over 1,000 pounds of trash and several tires.
Without your help we can not keep our waters clean so please join us on Earth Day or Donate to protect YOUR waters.
This FREE event is for everyone, we’ll have shoreline, lake and river cleanup opportunities. Pre-registration is required.
Bring your boat and help clean up a section on the James from Creighton Access to Southwood Access approximately 4.75 miles. Shuttling from the Southwood to Creighton Access will be provided. Those of you who don’t feel up to a river experience join us at the Southwood Access to clean up Lake Springfield. If floating isn’t your thing, grab a trash bag and pick up along the shore. Earth Day is a perfect time to restore the natural beauty of the land by removing the man-made debris.
We have a very limited amount of boats so reserve yours today.
Trash bags and gloves will be provided.
Hope to see you on the WATER!
Where do our storm drains lead? Most of you reading this newsletter probably already know but there are many in our community that do not. Every time we hold Storm Drain Reveal and the artists paint the storm drains, the message spreads a little further. The painting has begun on this year’s storm drains and the word is spreading! See a video interview with one of this year’s artists posted by the News-Leader and if you aren’t sure where the storm drains lead you will know soon! Then visit us at Cinco De Mayo during the First Friday Artwalk May 2nd and at Artsfest May 3rd & 4th.
James River Basin Partnership takes pollution seriously! Trash on the side of the road can make it into our rivers. We adopted one mile on Hwy M at the confluence of Finley and James River. Come join us on April 15, 2014 for our Adopt-A-Highway cleanup! James River Basin Partnership and volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Jamesville Church on the corner on Hwy M and Hwy U in Nixa. With your help we can protect our water and others’ downstream.
In the case of inclement weather, we have a “rain-day” scheduled for April 29, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
If you’re interested in volunteering email Andrea Mears at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s baaaaaaack! During the whole month of April visit any of the restaurants below and you can donate a dime for your glass of water to JRBP. This is such a simple way to get involved to protect your watershed. Just donate 1 dime for the water you have with dinner. Easy breezy. Thank you for visiting these restaurants that are also supporting the health of our local springs, streams, rivers, and lakes!
Dime-A-Glass program is happening during the entire month of April
Joe Kleiber Memorial Earth Day Clean-Up April 22nd.
Adopt-a-Highway April 29th 214
Storm Drain Reveal May 2nd find us at Cinco De Mayo during the Artwalk and May 3rd &4th at Artsfest
US Open Bowfishing Championship May 3rd & 4th. Proceeds will go to JRBP! Join us!
River Rescue on the James River June 7th
River Jam Downtown & Crawdad Boil June 14th on the square in downtown Springfield.