Making a Visible Difference in Communities: Georgia
The communities along Proctor Creek in Atlanta have been adversely impacted by:
- illegal dumping/litter
- public health threats related to pathogens
- the poor ecological health of the urban creek
- environmental justice issues associated with the gentrification of the watershed as new development encroaches.
As one of 19 Urban Waters Federal Partnership designees nationwide, Proctor Creek received assistance from EPA and other federal agencies. EPA and other partners collaborated on water quality sampling and monitoring in order to assess the creek’s baseline conditions and support development of a monitoring plan. This information informed a plan to clean up the creek, remove public health threats, and restore the resource for fishing, swimming and other community uses.