Brookhaven, GA, September 22, 2016 – by Anna Wilson for The Post – Each school day, children who attend Kittredge Magnet School utilize an access path to walk to school. Near that path, storm water runoff has eroded the land and has created a “serious safety concern”.
A variance needed to allow erosion repair to correct the “erosion gully”, was approved Wednesday by Brookhaven’s Zoning Board of Appeals. This variance allows the DeKalb County School System and Breedlove Land Planning to line the gully with geotextile non-woven fabric over the existing eroded soil.
A layer of rip-rap (rock or other material used to line streambeds to combat erosion) will be used to line the eroded area in conjunction with backfilling to correct the stream bank. The walking path will also be re-mulched once the stream work is complete.
Since the construction the school, storm water runoff released from the schools storm system has run along the ground within a small channel toward an unnamed creek. Over the years, an “erosion gully” has been created and is now approximately 125 feet+/- in length from the creek/stream and varies – at some places the gully is 8 feet deep.
Breedlove must erect a double row of silt fencing inside the area they will be disturbing. The variance that was approved allows the work to be performed within the outer 50 feet of the 75-foot stream buffer as per code.
No additional land disturbance will be performed during this project.