´╗┐AMPC March 2016 Update
 
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 Update on sewage discussion and upcoming events....
 
A special thanks to Mayor Kasim Reed, his administration staff, Council members Yolanda Adrean and Mary Norwood, members of the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy (AMPC), local reporters and the numerous concerned citizens for making the sewage issues in Memorial Park and the Peachtree Creek basin a top priority.
 
As a brief recap, the following meetings took place last week specifically dealing with this issue:
 
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016: 2+ hour site visit to Memorial Park by Mayor Reed, his administrative staff, representatives from the Department of Watershed Management (DWM) and the Department of Parks and Recreation to view and discuss the sewage issues with AMPC and concerned citizens.
  • Wednesday, March 9, 2016: 3+ hour work session with the City Utilities Committee (CUC) consisting of presentations by the DWM and concerned citizens.
  • Monday, March 14, 2016: The CUC's unanimous approval of a resolution requiring the DWM to provide a comprehensive report within 90 days on all sewage discharges in the last year and the impact they have had on neighboring parks, communities and creeks.
 
Next steps:
  • On Monday, March 21, 2016, the full City Council will vote on adopting the resolution approved at the March 14 CUC meeting.
  • An independent engineer will be hired to review plans presented by the DWM.
  • A follow-up meeting with the Mayor’s office and his leadership team including AMPC will take place in the coming days to continue working on a plan to address the problems and provide long term solutions to the sewage issues.
 
As Memorial Park neighbor and concerned citizen, Jason Holland, described last week’s events, “It’s the beginning of the beginning”.   Citizens must continue to work with each other and the City of Atlanta so that long lasting solutions can be implemented. As Council member Yolanda Adrean stated in the AJC yesterday, “We have funding, and we have a council that is read to go to work.”  Let's get started!
 
 Join
AMPC, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and the National Park Service
for the
2016 Sweep the Hooch!
 
When: Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 9 am - 1 pm
 
Where:  Peachtree Creek at Atlanta Memorial Park (meet at the playground)
 
RSVP: click here
 
Help AMPC clean up Peachtree Creek! Join us for a day of service to pull trash and debris from the creek and its banks.  
 
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and the National Park Service have joined together to organize this multi-site cleanup within the 44 miles of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and several Georgia State Parks. 
 
Join
AMPC and EcoAddendum
for a Memorial Park Naturalist and Birding Walk
 
When: Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 9 – 11 am
 
Where:  Memorial Park (details and directions will be sent to participants)
 
RSVP: click here
 
Atlanta’s forest lies right in the middle of the flyway for the eastern North American songbird migration. During migration season, many of our most colorful songbirds, especially the wood warblers, may be seen or heard in our parks, greenspaces and backyards. 
 
Join us on our walk as we look and listen for local nesters as well as migrators.  There may be more rare songsters in our neighborhoods than we realize! ~ EcoAddendum
 
 
 
Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy's
mission is 
to make
Atlanta Memorial Park
a beautiful, 
environmentally sensitive and
sustainable park,
accessible
and
connected
to the neighborhoods
and the City,
by enhancing
the Park,
tennis
and
golf experiences
through a 
collaborative process
of 
renovation,
restoration
and
preservation.

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Address postal inquiries to:
Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy
P.O. Box 11609
Atlanta, GA 30355

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