Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

20th Anniversary Gala Planned for Oct. 14

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a gala benefit on Oct. 14. The event is co-chaired by Shearon and Taylor Glover and Jim and Sarah Kennedy.

Following a reception and dinner, there will be an inspirational program looking at CRK's accomplishments and partnerships.

We also will be saluting Sally Bethea, our founding director and riverkeeper, prior to her retirement at the end of this year.

Attendees will hear from new leaders: Juliet Cohen, who will be executive director, and Jason Ulseth, who will be riverkeeper.

There is a waiting list for this event. Click here for gala details.

EPA Meets with Proctor Creek Grant Awardees;

CRK Focused on Restoring Urban Waterway

Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, along with two other organizations, on Sept. 2 to highlight strides in restoring Atlanta's Proctor Creek.

Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney met at Spelman College with the three groups, which are all recipents of the EPA's 2014 Urban Waters Grants.

The agency awarded $180,000 -- in three grants to CRK, the Center for Watershed Protection and Environmental Community Action for Proctor Creek work. CRK's $60,000 grant will be dispersed over two years.

Proctor Creek has been a priority for CRK since the organization began in 1994. In just the past four years, CRK has conducted half a dozen trash cleanups along the creek.

As CRK enters its third decade, Proctor Creek -- and vital partnerships to retore this urban waterway-- will remain key.

"By reconnecting communities to their local urban waters, EPA will help communities to actively participate in restoring urban waters while improving their neighborhoods," EPA officials said in a statement.

In 2014, the EPA selected 37 organizations to receive grants of $40,000 to $60,000 each, totaling approximately $2.1 million to support such projects.

Read our summer newsletter for more on Proctor Creek.

Oily Asphalt Material Flows to River; CRK Goes to Court

Thanks to a citizen who contacted CRK’s Hotline, we learned that American Sealcoat Manufacturing, an asphalt manufacturing and distribution facility in Fulton County, has been discharging stormwater polluted with petroleum products and other chemicals into a stream less than 1,000 feet from the Chattahoochee River.

Oily Asphalt Material Flowing to River from American Sealcoat from CRK-TV on Vimeo.

Despite our repeated offers to work amicably with the facility owners to bring them into compliance with clean water laws, our efforts were rejected. 

During a follow-up site visit, we found the facility discharging oily asphalt sealing material directly into a tributary to the river. (Click here to see video.) We notified  the Georgia Environmental Protection Division which conducted an inspection the next day and has initiated an enforcement action.

On July 30, CRK filed a complaint and petition for injunctive relief in federal district court against American Sealcoat. Our goal is to bring this facility into compliance with the law by installing best management practices to reduce polluted stormwater runoff and removing all asphalt materials deposited downstream of the facility.

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