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Updates about groups and activities related to the Proctor Creek Watershed of Northwest Atlanta
NEWS
First Proctor Creek River Rendezvous a Success
On November 22, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Proctor Creek Stewardship Council, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, and others hosted the first Proctor Creek River Rendezvous. Over 70 volunteers met at the Grove Park Recreation Center, learned about water sampling, and set out in teams to measure water quality at more than 40 locations throughout the watershed. The event was an opportunity for groups and volunteers to connect, explore the watershed, and learn how to collect and test water samples.  Data from the Rendezvous will be used to take a one-day "snapshot" of water quality in Proctor Creek and its streams and tributaries.  River Rendezvous participants and others will come together again early this year to review the day's findings (details tba).
Presentation of Proctor Creek Community Health Survey Findings 
The Proctor Creek Community Collaborative Health Survey has brought citizen scientists together with public health researchers to look at indoor air quality in homes in Vine City and English Avenue.  In early December, community researchers and Emory public health professionals shared findings from the project at the Higher Ground Empowerment Center in Vine City. Among survey findings, the team identified mold inside homes as a potential health threat to residents. The group has scheduled a follow-up meeting on Jan 22 to discuss actions to prevent and reduce mold (details on calendar below). The health survey is a collaborative project of the HERCULES Center at Emory's School of Public Health and ECO-Action, with involvement from residents of English Avenue and Vine City, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, the Proctor Creek Stewardship Council, Community Improvement Association, and many other partners.  Survey findings are available by clicking here. Further information about the collaborative is available by clicking here.
Groundbreaking on Atlanta BeltLine's Westside Trail
On November 12, Mayor Reed and city leaders broke ground on the Westside Trail section of the Atlanta BeltLine. The 3 mile trail section will run from Adair Park up to Washington Park with connectivity to multiple neighborhoods in between (including 7 neighborhoods in the Proctor Creek Watershed). Targeted for completion over the next 2-3 years, the Westside Trail will be the largest expansion of the Atlanta BeltLine to-date and will include connections to several schools, parks, and the future Urban Farm.  Construction is expected to begin over the next couple months.  Click here for ongoing information about the Westside Trail.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Public Hearing on National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits
Date: Thursday, January 8 (7pm)
Location: Grady High School Auditorium, 929 Charles Allen Dr. NE
Description: The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has received new applications to renew two existing NPDES permits for the City of Atlanta’s Combined Sewer Systems.  For those interested in commenting on the draft permits, the EPD is currently receiving public comment until January 16, 2015 and will host a public hearing on January 8.  For more information about the permit review and public comment process click here.
 
January Proctor Creek Stewardship Council meeting
Date: Friday, January 9 (1-3pm)
Location: Kennedy Middle School (Parents as Partners Academic Center - PAPAC), 225 James P. Brawley Dr. NW
Description: "Inviting residents of NPUs G, J, K, L, T & M.  Please come to share and learn about efforts to monitor, restore and protect the Proctor Creek Watershed and its surrounding creekside communities. If you have questions, please contact: Na’Taki Osborne-Jelks 404-825-3872 or Tony Torrence 678-663-1858"
Organized by: The Proctor Creek Stewardship Council
 
Fertile Crescent Steering Committee Meeting
Date
Friday, January 16 (3-5pm)
Location: The Center for Working Families, 477 Windsor St SW
Organized by: Southwest Atlanta Fertile Crescent
 
Westside Education Forum
Date
Saturday, January 17 (8:30am-2pm)
Location: Kennedy Middle School, 225 James P. Brawley Dr. NW
Description: "Join the Washington Cluster Support Planning Team as we collaboratively work towards rebranding the historic cluster.  Have questions?  washingtoncluster@gmail.com." To RSVP Click Here
Organized by: Washington Cluster Support Planning Team
 
Westside Atlanta Land Trust Advisory Board Meeting
Date
Saturday, January 17 (3-5pm)
Location: Neighborhood Union Health Center, 186 Sunset Avenue (Community Room No. 1)
Organized by: Westside Atlanta Land Trust
 
Proctor Creek Collaborative Health Survey - Meeting to discuss next steps
DateThursday, January 22 (4-6pm)
Location: Kennedy Middle School (Parents as Partners Academic Center - PAPAC), 225 James P. Brawley Dr. NW
Description: A meeting to discuss next steps following the results of the Proctor Creek Collaborative Health Survey.  Survey findings available by clicking here.  Further information about the collaborative is available by clicking here.
Organized by: ECO-Action, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Community Improvement Association, and the Emory University HERCULES Exposome Research Center
 
Food Oasis Bi-Monthly Community Partner Meeting
Date: Tuesday, January 27 (9-11am)
Location: Atlanta Community Food Bank, 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd NW
Organized by: Georgia Food Oasis
 
Georgia Water Coalition Capital Conservation Day
Date: Thursday, February 18 (Day begins with breakfast at 8am)
Location: Central Presbyterian Church (Tull Hall), 201 Washington Street Southwest
Description: Presentation on conservation bills in the General Assembly and opportunity to meet with state legislators and tell them what you expect them to achieve during the 2015-2016 sessions.  Click here for up-to-date information.
Organized by: Georgia Water Coalition
 
Friends of the Park Resources Roundup
Date: Thursday, February 19 (6-7:30pm)
Location: Piedmont Park Conservancy Community Center, 1071 Piedmont Ave NE
Description: "Please join Friends of the Park leaders from across Atlanta and DeKalb to explore support for citizen led park improvements. Resources will focus on funding, volunteers, safety and increasing positive activities in parks. Feel free to come for the entire meeting or drop in when you're able!"  Register by clicking here"
Organized by: Park Pride
 
Confluence - Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Annual Volunteer Conference
Date: Saturday, March 14
Location: Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center
2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford, GA
Description: "Discuss, share, and learn more about the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream program! Meet water quality professionals and Adopt-A-Stream local coordinators, trainers and volunteers. Come experience: Hands-on Workshops, Networking opportunities, Student water research poster competition, Volunteer presentations and awards ceremony"  Click here for more information.
Organized by: Georgia Adopt-A-Stream
Keep up with upcoming events relevant to the Proctor Creek Watershed online at: http://aboutproctorcreek.info/upcoming-events
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
Student Poster Opportunity - Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Conference
Georgia Adopt-A-Stream will host a poster competition at their annual volunteer conference on March 13-14, 2015 at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford GA.  Share your water science research projects, Receive recognition throughout the water quality monitoring community, Interact with peers and water professionals, and Display your presentation on the AAS website and newsletter.  Awards and Certificates Cash prizes awarded to winners in three levels: Graduate College, Undergraduate College, High School (9th-12th Grade). To view Student Abstract Submission Form and Guidelines, visit georgiaadoptastream.com. Submit abstracts via email by February 1, 2015 to: Seirisse.Baker@gaepd.org
Grant Opportunity - 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants
EPA's Office of Environmental Justice has opened Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program. The program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community. The EJSG Program is designed to help eligible non-profit organizations understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks at the local level.  EPA anticipates awarding up to four grants per region in amounts of up to $30,000 per award for a two-year project period.  The application deadline has been extended to January 9.  For more information, visit epa.gov/environmentaljustice/grants/ej-smgrants.html
Grant Opportunity - Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program
The Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships. Funding will be available for projects such: wetlands creation and restoration; green infrastructure and stormwater management; citizen’s science and volunteer water monitoring; projects that reduce or eliminate trash from entering waterways; coastal habitat, riparian, urban forest restoration and other water quality protection and restoration projects in local communities.  The request for proposals closes February 2, 2015.  For more information go to nfwf.org/fivestar
Grant Opportunity - Environmental Education Local Grants
Through the Environmental Education Local Grants program, EPA seeks grant proposals to support locally-focused Environmental Education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship through designing, demonstrating, and/or disseminating environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. Projects under this RFP will help develop informed, knowledgeable citizens, and provide them with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. From this RFP, EPA expects to award three grants from each of EPA’s 10 Regional Offices, for a total of approximately 30 grants nationwide. Proposals under the Local Grants RFP are being accepted through March 6, 2015. Visit the EE Grants Program webpage for details on how to apply.
WATERSHED TIP - Code Enforcement
Ever wonder how to report housing or commercial code violations in the watershed?  You can contact the City of Atlanta Office of Code Compliance at 404-330-6190 or send an inquiry to the Bureau of Code Compliance at codesrequests@atlantaga.gov.  More information about Atlanta’s Office of Code Compliance is available here.
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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