Critter Corner: Snapping Turtles

“Did you just see that rock move? Wait, it’s not a rock, it is a turtle!” If you see a large rock-looking turtle on the bottom of the river or a stream, there’s a good chance that it’s a snapping turtle. Characterized by their massive size and jagged shell, they're easily mistaken for giant river stones. Although typically docile in water, snapping turtles will strike if provoked. The powerful jaw of the reptilian snapper can slam shut with a force of more than 1,000 pounds. For your own safety, keep your distance if you see one in a creek [...]

By |September 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Curbside planters aim to combat stormwater runoff

In spring 2019, several new in-ground planters were installed along a few of Atlanta’s bustling streets, but these aren't just any old planters meant to showcase your favorite blooms; rather, these are thoughtfully designed “stormwater planters” that will reduce flooding and other impacts from urban runoff. The four planters were installed on either end of Atlanta—two are located in West View and two in Inman Park. Each directs stormwater off the streets and into structures filled with rocks, engineered soils, trees and other native vegetation where it can slowly infiltrate back into the ground instead of sending polluted stormwater [...]

By |September 19th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

CASSI Tracks Pollution like Never Before

Since starting Neighborhood Water Watch (NWW) in 2010, CRK has detected more than 90 sewer spills, effectively stopping millions of gallons of raw sewage from reaching the Chattahoochee River. While NWW has achieved an unparalleled record of success, some spills go undetected as many streams are difficult for volunteers to access and samples may not be collected at the same time that a spill is ongoing. With this problem in mind, CRK has been working to develop an economical solution since 2015. By combining technology and lessons learned from three related initiatives, the Chattahoochee Aquatic Sensor System Integrated (CASSI) [...]

By |September 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

One Park, Many Purposes

Opening this summer is a new park in the English Avenue neighborhood at the intersection of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard and Oliver Street. The park is proudly named ‘The Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park’ to preserve the memory of its namesake, a 92-year-old grandmother who was tragically killed by members of the Atlanta Police Department in her English Avenue home. While this park will preserve Kathryn Johnston’s memory and sacrifice, serving as a reminder to prevent future tragedies, the park will also provide a place for kids to play and families to gather, support environmental education opportunities, grow healthy food [...]

Year-long paddle journey celebrates progress of river and CRK

2019 marks 25 years since Chattahoochee Riverkeeper got its start by forcing the City of Atlanta to upgrade the city’s failing storm and sewer collection and treatment system. Since 1994, the organization has grown significantly—taking on more cases to protect the river and expanding the tools available for fulfilling its mission with watershed-wide trash cleanups, on-the-water educational programs, weekly water quality testing and so much more. As we have grown, so too have the communities that depend on the river. The Chattahoochee begins by quietly bubbling up out of its source spring above Helen and progresses to become a [...]

By |August 30th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Growing with the creek

Juanita Wallace vividly remembers growing up on Proctor Creek. “The water was so clear,” she says. “I would sit there for hours with my feet in it, captivated by the freshness of the air, hearing the sound of the creek, the birds, the bees.” Unfortunately, Juanita has seen periods in which her childhood creek, which flows through historic West Atlanta, fell into disarray. It was “polluted from point and non–point sources,” she says in an interview with Proctor Creek Stewardship Council. She saw “sewage, industries, the trash and the corrosion of illegally dumped tires, appliances and other materials.” The problems [...]

By |May 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments