Alabama's Moutains, Rivers and Valleys Resource Co (Hartselle, AL)

Work Address

  • Organization Name:Alabama's Moutains, Rivers and Valleys Resource Co
  • Address:5514 U.S. Highway 31 South
    Hartselle, AL 35640
    United States

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General

  • Mission:
  • “to improve the quality of life of the rural residents of its area by the reasonable and responsible protection and development of the human and natural resources of the Tennessee Valley”.

  • Overview:
  • We focus on three major areas. 1) Water Quality/Environment, 2) Agriculture/Sustainable/small farms/environmental improvements and 3) Rural Quality of Life Improvements. We have a volunteer Board of Directors that sets the vision and policies and a small staff of three fulltime employees. WaterWorks Center of Environmental Education , the subject of this request, is our "Flagship" effort. Although conceived about five years ago we finally commenced the delivery of a full range of environmental programs in 2012. The WaterWorks facility is truely a destination environmental education experience in that we have been able to incorporate innovative and functional green technologies in addition to providing hands-on opportunities for learning..in our wetlands and in canoes. To date we have secured funding from local, state, federal , foundation, corporate and other non governmentakl orgnizations to completely convert an old municipal water treatment facility into a green educational demonstration and natural water treatment facility. We feature the following:
    1) 15kw Photovoltaic parking shade system to provide 100% of our electicity.
    2) 1000 Watt Wind Turbine for batter backup for the lab.
    3) Green Roofs to insulate the energy ineffecient building
    4) Installed energy conservation practices,28 energy star double paned windows and compact fluorescents.
    5) In-place stormwater retention basin under porous pavers.
    6) Earthworm composting to digest all the office paper wastes.
    7) Passive Solar Hot Water Heater
    8) Solar pump at the creek.
    9) Water Treatment through a series of six constructed, natural wetlands.
    10) Sewage treatment with a constructed wetland system.
    11)Natural Mosquito Control with native minnows.
    12) Working lab
    13) Bee Observation Hive.
    14) Bat Room (Spring 2013)
    15) Beaver Room (seeking funding)
    16) Eco-Canoe Adventures.

    Since we are located adjacent to and have direct access to Flink Creek and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services National Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, we offer on the water experiences for teachers, students and adults so they can see, touch, smell and understand the beauty and wonder of the natural world as well as the pressures on the land and water. Many of these students are from urban schools where the opportunity for this type learning experience ..or life experience just does not exist. We ask questions. How did that sediment get into this creek? What can farmers do to stop sediment, what can developers do,what can you do? The end result is that every student begins to realize that each of us share responsibility for our environment as long as we consume the products from the land and enjoy the highways, stores and life styles we have chosen. The real challenge is what now?

  • History:
  • The Alabama Mountains, Rivers and Valleys Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit operating in eight north Alabama counties since 1973. We have been recognized locally and nationally for delivering innovative solutions to environmental and community needs. Recently we were selected as the Nation’s Most Outstanding RC&D Council and was formally recognized in Washington D.C on March 1, 2010. Our Board’s Vision and staff management has resulted in the successful completion of grants from federal, state, foundation and private funders. Examples of these successes include:
    oNatural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) , Conservation Innovations Grant: Alabama’s first rainwater collection demonstration on a poultry farm to capture water for drinking water and cool cell operation to reduce the damage to area streams from rapid storm water runoff and to reduce costs for farmers.
    oPrivate Donation: Lola Boyd Land Donation for Outdoor Education Area in Arab, Alabama.
    oAltria Foundation: Dead Bird Disposal Options & Education Initiative
    oTune Farm / Sustainable Community Garden
    oLegacy, Inc. Partners in Environmental Education Foundation : On-farm Nutrient Management
    oPrivate Donation: Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration
    oLegacy, Inc. Partners in Environmental Education Foundation (Onsite Sewage Mgt)
    oBest Buy Foundation (Spanish to English and English to Spanish After School Program)
    oNorcross Foundation: Lola Boyd Wildlife & Environmental Education trail development & signs
    oNorcross Foundation: Used Monofilament Fishing Line Collection Bins and education effort.
    oBen & Jerry’s Foundation: Water Quality Educational News Inserts
    oHorizon Organics foundation: Outdoor Education Opportunities: A Traveling Show
    oAlabama Dept of Economic & Community Affairs (ADECA) Energy Retrofits for Energy Efficiency
    oUSDA-NRCS, Conservation Partnership Initiative Grant: Study to Determine the Feasibility of Using Wood Base Poultry Litter as a Process Heat Source for small Industry
    oTVA-Electric Power Institute: Feasibility of Using Poultry Litter for Process Heat for an Ethanol Facility
    oADEM: (Hydro-Seeders for Public Demonstrations to stop erosion)

  • Year established:1973
  • Endowment:Unknown

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)

Types of funding being sought (i.e. funding type)

  • None specified

Program areas of focus and activity (i.e. funding cause)

  • None specified

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