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EPA to help clean Proctor Creek for Earth Day
by Staff Reports
April 16, 2014 04:03 PM | 759 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Environmental Protection Agency’s new regional administrator for the Southeast, Heather McTeer Toney, will roll up her sleeves alongside other EPA employees and community partners to clean up Proctor Creek in Atlanta Saturday. They will do so at the Grove Park Recreation Center, 750 Francis Place, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. to mark the 44th observance of Earth Day, which is Tuesday.

The Proctor Creek watershed, part of the larger Chattahoochee River watershed, is 16 square miles with a population of 127,418 people living in more than 25 different neighborhoods. Decades of neglect have resulted in numerous environmental challenges — from tire dumping and brownfields to impaired water quality and pervasive flooding. Many of these environmental problems pose additional health risks to people residing in the surrounding communities.

The EPA along with other federal, state and local partners have joined together to help clean up a portion of Proctor Creek. Through the Proctor Creek partnership, agencies are working to recreate a sustainable creekside community in the city — transforming overlooked assets and driving urban revival.

Information: www.epa.gov/earthday
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