Little River Waterkeeper

Clean Water, Healthy Community

aka Little River Waterkeeper   |   Fort Payne, AL   |  www.littleriverwaterkeeper.org

Mission

To foster and protect the pristine resource of Little River through education, awareness and monitoring.

Notes from the nonprofit

One World Adventure, the parent organization for Little River Waterkeeper was formed as a diverse organization to promote environmental awareness, clean water, clean air and healthy communities. For over a decade the organization taught outdoor skills in order to create positive experiences that foster environmental stewardship, self reliance and strong moral character. We think in therms of what "can be" then build projects around those ideas to implement positive change in our community. We believe it has spearheaded an awareness of the natural world, environmental literacy and good sustainable practices. Since the Little River Waterkeeper was formed in 2012, the need to advocate for the protection of Little River in its entirety has come to the forefront of the organization and with an official name change in January 2020, LRWK is now in the position to focus solely on advocacy programs in the Little River Watershed. Please support our important work.

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Mrs. Angie Shugart

Main address

215 Grand Ave. SW Ste. A

Fort Payne, AL 35967 USA

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Formerly known as

One World Adventure Company

EIN

80-0246136

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

One World Adventure was established to increase environmental literacy within our communities and to provide outdoor experiences for local underserved youth. We found a great need to educate our local schools about our natural resources and how to expand their students scientific knowledge through fun, hands on learning. Over the past decade, thousands of students have been directly or indirectly involved in our efforts. When the organization established the Little River Waterkeeper program in 2012, it was a natural fit to monitor the very water in which we explore and teach others to love and protect. Now in 2019, we are a powerful force for clean water in our community and state.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Little River Waterkeeper

The Little River Waterkeeper monitors pollution in the unique Little River watershed located in NE Alabama.
Programs are to provide science based data to determine impacts from pollution to the sensitive ecosystem and to educate citizens on any negative impacts that occur.
We are a member affiliate of The Waterkeeper Alliance, an international environmental group who advocate for Clean Water, Clean Air and Healthy Communities.

Population(s) Served

Erase the Waste is a county wide anti-litter campaign that educates citizen's about the negative economic impact of litter in our communities and the negative environmental impact litter has in our waterways.
We schedule community cleanups on local waterways from January - April, beginning on the National Day of Service and ending on Earth Day.

Population(s) Served

A free field trip held annually at Northeast Alabama Community College for over 1000, 4th grade students from Fort Payne City Schools and DeKalb County Schools. Students learn about the importance of clean water, recycling and wildlife through hands-on learning activities, presentations and educational entertainment.

Population(s) Served

Because so many people rely on clean water in Little River for swimming, fishing and boating, LRW conducts weekly water testing for 16 weeks, throughout the summer months as part of the national SwimGuide.org program. Samples are taken from 11 popular swimming sites on Little River and tested for E coli, harmful bacteria that can affect users. Results are then posted for public knowledge on our website, SwimGuide.org and social media pages.

Population(s) Served

In August 2019, Little River Waterkeeper and Alabama Rivers Alliance launched a campaign to Keep Little River Wild; they aim to permanently protect this special river with a federal Wild and Scenic designation which ensures that community members and tourists can swim, fish, paddle, and camp the river for years to come.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

River Hero Award - Angie Shugart 2017

Alabama Rivers Alliance

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Dekalb County Drinking Water Festival

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Dekalb Co Drinking Water Festival, Wonders of Water is a FREE FEILD TRIP for all Dekalb County and Fort Payne 4th grade students and teachers. This is how many attend each year.

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Erase the Waste Anti-Litter Campaign

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of 7th and 8th grade students at Fort Payne Middle School who have volunteered for campus cleanups during the Erase the Waste Campaign.

Number of free participants of guided tours

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Little River Waterkeeper

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of youth who participated in canoeing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing classes free of charge.

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Dekalb County Drinking Water Festival

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of students who participated in the FPMS Environmental Elective Class or Adventure Day Camp

Total pounds of debris collected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Erase the Waste Anti-Litter Campaign

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of water samples taken annually

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Swim Guide

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people engaged in Little River Waterkeeper news and events.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Little River Waterkeeper

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We seek to foster and protect the pristine resource that is Little River through education, awareness and monitoring.

Through education and awareness of Little River, we aim to improve the quality of life in our community and to foster positive change through memomorable experiences on and around Little River.

We seek to build strong relationships within our community by bringing new ideas about sustainable practices.

Through water monitoring on Little River, our goal is to create a well documented "health of the watershed" in order to create a sustainable water management plan to maintain pristine water quality over the generations.

By building relationships within the community in which we serve, providing accurate water quality data and to education.
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We have developed a strong operating criteria having a state certified lab to test water quality, we can have accurate data to map the watershed and educate the public on threats to the watershed.

Little River Waterkeeper has created engaging community programs such as Erase the Waste and SwimGuide to bring awareness to issues that effect the health and wellbeing on the community and local waterways.

By educating the next generation, we are able to flatten the curve in negative behaviors toward the environment. Our Dekalb County Drinking Water Festival encourages students to make good choices in waste management, energy consumption and teaches the connection between clean water and healthy communities.

One World is now in its 11th year. To date we have served over thousands of local and visiting participants. ALL participants report favorable experiences. Our financials show continued sustainable growth over the eight year period with normal ups and downs.
The organization has demonstrated positive expansion of our board of directors, program offerings, volunteer base, members and community support. We have attained desirable office space for our base of operations, equipment and assets.
In January 2020, we officially changed the organizations name from One World Adventure to Little River Waterkeeper, in order to focus more on Water Advocacy and the protection of Little River.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Little River Waterkeeper

Board of directors
as of 4/8/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Allgood

Gene Beck

Bank of Dade

Alison Beck

Fort Payne City Schools

Ben Johnston

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/04/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data