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Updates about groups and activities in the Proctor Creek Watershed of Northwest Atlanta
NEWS
Greening Youth Foundation Working to Improve Parks and Proctor Creek Visibility
The Greening Youth Foundation’s Atlanta Youth Corps (AYC) has been hard at work in the Proctor Creek Watershed lately.  AYC’s Westside Crew, contracted by The Conservation Fund and Park Pride, will help beautify Lindsay Street Park and Vine City Park and increase the visibility of Proctor Creek in Maddox Park.  The initiative is part of Greening Youth’s work to nurture environmental stewardship among youth and young adults, and expose them to conservation careers.  Through the Atlanta Youth Corps, youth gain training in urban conservation, agriculture, construction, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship while working on projects in the neighborhoods where they live.  To learn more about the Atlanta Youth Corps and the Greening Youth Foundation, visit: http://www.gyfoundation.org
Clark Atlanta Students Engaging in Green Infrastructure Study with ECO-Action
In July, ECO-Action received an Urban Waters Small Grant from EPA to develop a green infrastructure curriculum with Clark Atlanta.  Through the initiative, ECO-Action is working with Clark Atlanta Professors Olu Olatidoye and Charles Richardson, to incorporate principles of green infrastructure into their respective Environmental Engineering and Consumer Behavior classes, with a special focus on stormwater management.  So far, around 52 students have been engaged in the curriculum, and ECO-Action has conducted further outreach to extracurricular student groups.  The curriculum is designed to be interactive, and students will have an opportunity to learn directly from Proctor Creek community leaders and residents.  For more info, visit: http://eco-act.org (photo by Lynne Young)
Georgia Environmental Protection Division Cleanup on a Section of Proctor Creek
On Friday, Oct. 24, Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) organized a cleanup along Proctor Creek in the Grove Park neighborhood.  Staff from City of Atlanta, EPA Region 4, and community leaders also participated, collecting trash, debris, and about 430 tires discarded in and near the creek.  For more info on GA EPD, visit: http://epd.georgia.gov (photo by Tami Thomas-Burton)
OPPORTUNITIES
Volunteer Opportunity - Neighborhood Water Watch
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is looking for volunteers for their Neighborhood Water Watch Program.  Through the program, citizens collect water samples and help identify opportunities to take action on water contamination challenges in Proctor Creek.  To learn more about volunteering with Neighborhood Water Watch, contact Mike Meyer at mmeyer@chattahoochee.org
Grant Opportunity - Environmental Solutions for Communities
Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) have announced grant opportunities for “highly-visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment.”  Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Native American tribes, and educational institutions.  Proposals are due on December 10.  For more information, Click Here
Grant Opportunity – EPA Brownfield Assessment and Cleanup Grants
These grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances.  Brownfield Assessment Grants are available for municipalities to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to brownfield sites.  Brownfield Cleanup Grants are available for municipalities & non-profits to conduct cleanup activities at a specific brownfield site owned by the applicant.  The application deadline is December 19.  For more info, Click Here
UPCOMING EVENTS
November Proctor Creek Stewardship Council Meeting
Date: Saturday, Nov 1 (1-3pm)

Location: Fire Station 28, 1925 Hollywood Rd NW
Description: Inviting residents of NPUs G, J, K, L, T & M. Please come to share and learn about efforts to clean-up, protect, and restore the Proctor Creek Watershed and its surrounding communities.
Organized by: The Proctor Creek Stewardship Council (proctorcreek.org)

Healthy Water Healthy People – Healthy Places Research Group Meeting
Date: Saturday, Nov 4 (7:30-9am)

Location: Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, GA Tech, 760 Spring Street NW, Room 216
Description:  Clean water is a critical component of healthy places and people. Please join us to learn about the innovative programs that are happening in the Atlanta region to protect and improve our water quality. Leaders from the City of Atlanta's Department of Watershed Management and EPA Region 4 will describe the efforts they have undertaken in the Proctor Creek watershed and across the region.  Speakers: Tami Thomas-Burton (EPA Region 4), David J. Egetter (EPA Region 4), Margaret Tanner (City of Atlanta, Department of Watershed Management), & Susan Rutherford (City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management)
Organized by: The Healthy Places Research Group.  RSVP by clicking Here
 

Georgia Food Oasis Bi-Monthly Meeting – An Evening with Elizabeth Ü
Date: Tuesday, Nov 18 (6-8pm)
Location: Atlanta Community Food Bank, 732 Joseph E Lowery Blvd NW
Description:  Elizabeth Ü is the author of Raising Dough: the Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business. She’ll be discussing innovative ways to fundraise for food-based organizations.RSVPs are required for this event and tickets are limited, so act quickly!
Organized by: Georgia Food Oasis. RSVP by clicking Here

River Rendezvous
Date: Saturday, Nov 22 (9:30am-3pm)

Location: Grove Park Recreation Center, 750 Francis Pl NW
Description: Community members will collect water samples throughout the watershed to take a one day “snapshot” of water quality in Proctor Creek.  Training and refreshments will be provided.  For more information or to sign up to participate, contact Na'Taki Osborne Jelks at nojelks@wawa-online.org
Organized by: West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (wawa-online.org) and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (www.chattahoochee.org)
 
Community Forum on Findings from the Proctor Creek Community Collaborative Health Survey in English Avenue and Vine City
Date: Thursday, Dec 4 (6:30-9pm)

Location: Higher Ground Empowerment Center, 561 Spencer St NW
Description: “Over the summer, we investigated the mold problems in Vine City and English Avenue housing.  Join us so we can let you know what we found and together we can identify our next steps!”
Organized by: ECO-Action, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Community Improvement Association, and the Emory University HERCULES Exposome Research Center (http://emoryhercules.com/news/hercules-funds-proctor-creek-collaborative-health-survey)

 
Keep up with upcoming events relevant to the Proctor Creek Watershed online at: http://aboutproctorcreek.info/upcoming-events
WATERSHED TIP – Reporting Tire Dumping
Have you come across piles of scrap tires that may have been dumped illegally?  You can report tire dumping to GA EPD by contacting Karen Stone at 404-362-4513, Karen.stone@dnr.state.ga.us or through EPD’s Scrap Tire Program at 404-363-7027.
You have received this newsletter because of your involvement, leadership, and interest in activities related to Proctor Creek and Northwest Atlanta.  Numerous individuals, organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions are actively working within the Proctor Creek Watershed to improve the ecology of the creek and the quality of life of residents.  To share information about your work, an event or story, or if you would like to be involved with the next newsletter, please email erik@proctorcreek.info
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