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EPA Awards Atlanta Environmental Education Grant

This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Captain Planet Foundation as a recipient of an Environmental Education (EE) Grant. The Atlanta-based non-profit was selected in the latest round of awards under the EE Grants Program.  The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and appreciation for the natural world in which they live. The unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating  solutions in their homes, schools and communities. The Foundation’s goal is also to implement the “Environmental Stewardship Grant-in-a-Box” model to

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Atlanta’s Historic Natural Detention Pond

The City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management (DWM), in conjunction with Atlanta Beltline, Inc. (ABI), constructed a storm water detention pond in the Historic Fourth Ward Park that serves as a functional amenity for the surrounding community. The project was part of the Clear Creek Combined Sewer Capacity Relief Project, undertaken in compliance with the requirements of a federal consent decree. It can detain flows from a 100-year storm event.  The project involved construction of a nine-million-gallon storm water detention pond that captures storm water runoff from a drainage area of approximately 800 acres in the Clear Creek basin. It provides peak flow disintegration to the Highland Combined Sewer Trunk and capacity relief to the overall Clear Creek Combined

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Union City’s Stable Infrastructure and Development

Union City is one of the most influential sub-markets in the southern region of the Metro-Atlanta area. There is an abundance of rich history in Union City that is illustrated through more than one hundred pictures and information found in a book- A Pictorial History: Celebrating 100 Years. The City works diligently to enhance job growth and to promote business stability. Only 10 miles from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the community is the perfect place for new and existing businesses. With an array of services and retail uses, our businesses continue to thrive. An effort to maintain economic development is an important part of strengthening the communities by creating and retaining jobs. Union City also supplies residential, commercial, and

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DeKalb County’s Sewer Geography Information System

DeKalb County is in the process of implementing an infrastructure mapping system for the sewer system.   In accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency, the City is upgrading its underground infrastructure in an effort to reduce sanitary sewer overflows.  In doing this, the need to fully assess the condition of the pipeline is necessary.  The County has consistently worked to improve its sewer mapping capabilities.  Currently, the sewer system mapping and inventory survey project is being completed by County contractors. The project terms include information regarding mapping, inventory, and recording of geographical location of all public and private sanitary sewer manholes (by identifying numbers), public and private sewer mains, force mains and air valves, service line cleanouts, and lift stations

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Heavy Rain Prompts Sewer Overhaul in Valdosta

Many parts of the nation are experiencing heavier than usual rainfall.  This also means there is a better chance of sewer overflows and leaky pipelines. The City of Valdosta has had its share and is now undergoing a sewer overhaul.  Recently, the amount of rain totaled 7.5 inches causing four manholes to overflow, as well as, 257,000 gallons of wastewater to flow into Sugar Creek.  The manholes overflowed from the Force main and are in the process of being rehabilitated. While the project is underway, it will most likely continue through the summer of next year.   The sewer upgrade will replace a 54″ gravity main sewer that runs along the Withlacoochee River.  This installation comes with the expectation of

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Hiram’s Sewer Enhancements

The downtown area of Hiram has been busy with sewer construction. The City is in the process of installing an enhancement to the sewer system and lift station. The upgrade is expected to be completed at the end of November. The primary roadway affected is Main Street from Arnold Lane to the northeast and Hwy 92 to the southwest. This project will also continue through South Forty subdivision along South Forty Pass east and west. There has been and will continue to be intermittent road closures and delays as the sewer and water lines are being installed. Interesting fact: The Eastern Continental Divide, a continental divide in the U.S. that separates the Gulf of Mexico drainage from the watersheds that

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Stockbridge’s Annual Storm Drain Project

The City of Stockbridge is in need of Volunteers for a great project!  In an ongoing effort to help keep debris out of the storm drain, Stockbridge is giving the community a chance to participate and get the word out about environmental concerns.  The main objective is to raise community awareness about the function of storm drains; their link to water quality, both locally and throughout the state.  Storm drains were designed to be the fastest and most efficient way of getting rainwater off streets and parking lots. Unfortunately, the water that flows into your storm drain often carries trash, leaves, grass clippings and sediment from the street; nutrients in the form of fertilizers, toxins in the form of pesticides,

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Temporary Sewer Pipe Causes Road Blockage

The residents living near Nancy Creek and Ridgewood roads have had to drive around a temporary sewer line which was blocking the intersection. An above ground sewer pipe that emptied into a manhole has been the talk of the town for nearly four months. Residents felt as though they were in harm’s way as cars at this busy intersection were a constant source of concern while driving around the pipe in the road. Good new residents! A potentially dangerous situation has been removed as the repairs to the broken pipe have been made and the City has resolved the problem. It’s true that Atlanta has an older underground infrastructure that requires maintenance from time to time. But not to worry,

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Rainy Season and Sewer Drainage Systems

Many of us are experiencing a rainy season now that summer is in full swing.  Along with the sunny delights and fanfare this time of year brings, there is also a need to think about the proper functioning of our drainage systems where we live.  It is important to know to what extent a drainage issue is prevalent.  In order to do this, a qualified fully licensed professional is needed for drain pipe cleaning. This will also maximize your awareness of the health of the pipelines in your home.  Here are a few suggestions when seeking the help of an expert: 1. Get referrals from people you know.  Word of mouth advertising speaks volumes on the overall satisfaction of previous

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DeKalb County Sewage Woes

Atlanta is known for its rich culture, wonderful restaurants and social life and many old, historic buildings with amazing heritage and architecture. With such vast contributions coming from the greater Atlanta area, it is a multi-cultural gem. Many people are flocking to the city for all of its potential and growth. With this influx of population, the city has indeed looked at the underground sewage infrastructure and Sanitary Sewer system to ensure its condition and ability to continue to thrive and meet the needs of its people. However, the people of DeKalb County, an Atlanta suburb, say their area of town has yet to come up to the existing, better standards of neighboring areas of Atlanta. Many say the sewage

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