Brookhaven, GA, June 25, 2017 – by Trey Benton – The City of Brookhaven says that as part of the North Fork Peachtree Creek Watershed Improvement Plan project, professionals from Sustainable Water Planning and Engineering, LLC (SWP&E) will be walking in and along streams and waterbodies beginning Monday, June 26. They will be assessing the habitat conditions and identifying future improvement project opportunities.
“Below are the two upcoming weeks for planned field work and the approximate areas that will be walked during the two weeks, weather permitting,” says a City release. “The City requests that residents offer support to these professionals during this project.”
Back in April, SWP&E was awarded a $187,022.81 contract by the Brookhaven City Council for the study that 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.