Brookhaven, GA, April 13, 2017 – by Trey Benton – Sustainable Water Planning and Engineering, LLC (SWP&E) was awarded a $187,022.81 contract by the Brookhaven City Council Wednesday evening, a contract for a watershed improvement plan for the North Fork of Peachtree Creek. The study aims to identify projects that would “improve water quality and quality of life within the City limits and in coordination with neighboring jurisdictions that drain to the watershed.”
SWP&E also did the City’s Nancy Creek Watershed Improvement Plan Councilmembers adopted last August. That Plan outlines $20 million in needed improvements via a list of 43 projects, 28 assessments and 7 programs to restore and protect a portion of the Nancy Creek Watershed.
With Brookhaven recently completing the Peachtree Creek Greenway Plan, the North Fork Peachtree Creek Watershed Improvement Plan will serve in coordination and also support the implementation of the proposed Greenway, in addition to identifying opportunities to improve the watershed as a whole.
According to SWP&E, North Fork Peachtree Creek is listed as impaired on the 303(d) list of impaired waters for fecal coliform bacteria, fish biota, and macroinvertebrate biota. Arrow Creek, a major tributary to North Fork Peachtree Creek within the City of Chamblee that lay upstream from Brookhaven, is also listed as impaired for fecal coliform bacteria, fish biota, and macroinvertebrate biota.
“This watershed study will assess potential sources for water quality impairment and develop a prioritized list of Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs) intended to improve water quality and maintain the high quality of life enjoyed in Brookhaven,” SWP&E says. “This study will also consider projects to alleviate areas where Brookhaven residents and businesses experience routine and periodic flooding. Cost-effective strategies to keep residents and businesses out of harms way will be explored and included in the prioritized list of CIP projects.”
Potential federal and grant funding sources will be evaluated for their potential to cost-share in the projects identified in the CIP list. The CIP prioritization scheme will follow the ranking criteria developed for the Nancy Creek Watershed Improvement Plan to maintain consistency across the City.
The City of Brookhaven has asked the cities of Chamblee and Doraville if they would like to get in on the action and share some of the costs of preparing this Plan. If they do participate, there is expected to be savings in the long run to all three cities for certain tasks to improve water quality.