At the August 6, 2014 meeting held by the Sandy Springs City Council to inform the public on proposed Natural Resources City Ordinances, Patti Berkovitz, representing WASS, spoke up endorsing the need for increased stringency of the ordinances and their consistent enforcement. Here is the link to the full article.
Thanks to the KSU students for their very informative presentation on their work in Marsh and Long Island Creeks. This is the 4th consecutive year that the students, in conjunction with WASS, have tested the same sites at the same time of the year. The accumulative results from their efforts can be found at http://watershed2014.wikispaces.com/. In addition to testing the health of the creeks they also did a study of the tree canopy of Sandy Springs. Information on that is forth coming.
WASS looks forward to continuing this rich experience for the students and the citizens of Sandy Springs. As one student said, “This has been the most instructive course I’ve taken.” Certainly the information they obtain provides all of us with crucial independent data on which development and planning decisions can be made.
The Sandy Springs Reporter wrote an article on the presentation. It and a participant photo can be found at: reporternewspapers.net
SERIOUS E COLI CONTAMINATION FOUND IN MARSH CREEK by KSU students in their stream water cleanup and “snapshot of stream” health project sponsored by and organized through Watershed Alliance of Sandy Springs. Please join WASS and the KSU students to learn more about the health of our streams and watersheds on Tuesday, June 26 at 6:00 pm at the North Fulton Annex at 7741 Roswell Road. KSU students will present all their findings of their 2014 project (including this serious contamination).
On May 22, 2014 at a site on Mabry Road, water sample tests showed e coli readings of 36,350 MPN. The high end of the acceptable range for urban streams is 1000 MPN. EPA Standard is 126 MPN for healthy use. WASS immediately contacted Fulton Co and the city of Sandy Springs about this significant health risk and notified nearby residents to stay out of the creek until the source was found and remedied. Fulton Co found a manhole overflow and possible weeds invading the pipe about 2,500 feet upstream from the collection site. It was on an unnamed tributary to the left as you walk up stream. Fulton notified EPD and are using a camera to check inside the buried pipe. Enzymes were dispensed to neutralize the contamination. As a result, when WASS and the KSU students retested the 2 sites on June 12, 2014, the numbers were down to 720 from 36,350 at one site and 655 from 24,420 MPN.
Thanks to all the coordinated, and watchful activities of WASS, KSU, and the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, the authorities were able to avert a possible serious health problem. New water samples will be collected soon to assure the situation is stable. This is just one example of how WASS, with your help, can protect our precious resources.
In association with Leadership Sandy Springs, WASS is organizing a clean up walk of Marsh Creek on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Any interested participants need to contact Susan Joseph at 404-252-2322 as soon as possible. Volunteers will meet at North Springs High School between 7-8 am and after a breakfast snack and welcoming from Mayor Rusty Paul, all volunteers will go to the Mark Trail Swim and Tennis Center for entrance to the creek. Come meet with new and old friends and keep our local watershed clean.
Kimberly York Hudson, Past President, has died.
Advocates of the environment and especially clean, healthy watersheds have lost a dear friend. Kimberly York-Hudson, Past President , and a founder, of Long Island Creek Watershed Preservation Association (predecessor of Watershed Alliance of Sandy Springs) has died. She was President from 2002-2004.
Kimberly brought passion to the organization and worked closely with Fulton County and Commissioner Lowe on land use issues and code enforcement problems. She was responsible for getting out our early newsletters and she was always ready to step up to the plate.
She is gone too soon and will be missed by all lucky enough to know her.
Thank you to all who came out to help us and support the clean-up of Colewood Creek last month! Word is that we pulled a TON of trash of all shapes and sizes out of the creek. Pictures will be coming soon! In the meantime, if you participated and you would like to share your photos, please either post them on the Facebook page, tagging us in your photo, or e-mailing them with a brief description to:
In other news...please check out our latest Fall 2013 newsletter here. We look forward to a busy season and upcoming year for WASS!!!