LITTLE NANCY CREEK . . . A RIPARIAN WILDLIFE HAVEN:
Hi there gIrls & boys, moms & dads, neighbors, environmentalists and friends. My name is Foxy. Some of you were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of me and my three (3) kits which I raised near Little Nancy Creek, an urban wildlife habitat located within the City limits of Atlanta, Georgia.
My home is threatened by the proposed Mountain Way Common Park & Georgia 400 Concrete Urban Trail, an infrastructure project that regrettably would dramatically alter the landscape and reduce the amount of food and shelter available to the critters, forcing wildlife to search for a new home.
Because the park & concrete urban trail are intended for "regional" use, rather than "neighborhood" use, thousands of visitors would be attracted over time to our riparian urban habitat along Mountain Way, a quiet residential street.
The creatures who live in or near Little Nancy Creek need your help.
Terrestrial . . . chipmunks, raccoons, possums, rabbits, grasshoppers, worms, snakes, ants, spiders, etc.
Avian . . . birds, bumblebees, fireflies, butterflies, moths, etc.
Aquatic . . . frogs, turtles, snails, salamanders, insect larvae, etc.
Every creature is part of an ecosystem, the Little Nancy Creek watershed, that provides us with the three (3) essentials for life . . .
WATER . . . We drink and clean ourselves with Little Nancy Creek water.
SHELTER . . . Each of us needs a home . . . a nest, a burrow, a hidden spot under a rock . . . even a tree leaf where some of us disguise our presence.
FOOD . . . Many of us eat plant material that grows abundantly along the creek corridor. And yes, some of us eat one another, as nature intended in a balance beneficial to all creatures.
These three (3) life sustaining essentials are threatened by the proposed Mountain Way Common Park & Georgia 400 Concrete Urban Trail that would intersect under the Georgia 400 overpass on Mountain Way.
The Georgia 400 Urban Trail, a twelve (12) foot wide corridor of concrete, would cut a swath through our home. As well, it would feature an enormous “Skybridge” attached by suspension cables to the Georgia 400 overpass or a more traditional bridge with support columns anchored near the creek bank.
Elements of the eleven (11) acre regional park would intrude upon the seventy-five (75) foot “buffer zone” protected by the Chattahoochee River Basin Act.
The proponents are the North Buckhead Civic Association (NBCA), who would be responsible for the park, and Livable Buckead (LB), a community organization, who would be responsible for the concrete urban trail. LB is funded by he Buckhead business community and government grants.
While we oppose this infrastructure development, we DO NOT OPPOSE the entire concrete urban trail, only that portion that crosses Little Nancy Creek. An excellent alternative route would be along Wieuca Road, to a pedestrian bridge above Roswell Road, then on to Chastain Park, Atlanta's largest park.
As well, we DO NOT OPPOSE parks . . . Little Nancy Creek Park, located within walking distance of the proposed Mountain Way Common Park, is a great neighborhood greenspace that does not intrude upon the Little Nancy Creek watershed and replicates the amenities proposed for the new park.
Construction of Georgia 400, especially its huge overpass support columns anchored near the creek, was a major disturbance to the landscape. The proposed park & concrete urban trail would again threaten the watershed.
If you share our concern regarding environmental threats to the watershed, detailed under the "creek ecology" page, please direct others to this website. As well, e-mail Councilman Howard Shook hshook@AtlantaGa.Gov Representative Edward Lindsey (firstname.lastname@example.org) Senator Hunter Hill (email@example.com) and Commissioner of Natural Resources Mark Williams firstname.lastname@example.org. Get involved and express your opinion.
Foxy will update our friends on page two as events unfold. Thanks for every consideration and have a nice day!
E-COLI . . . IS IT A THREAT?
Proponents claim the creek is "very sick" and “imperiled." The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has established an e-coli standard for urban waterways. While six (6) samples exceeded the 1,000 threshold, twenty-two (22) were within standard. Click the Little Nancy Creek at Ivy Bridge button at www.chattahoochee.org/nww for the details.
The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is establishing a trend line. Should e-coli threaten the watershed, the Riverkeeper has pledged to investigate.
If the EPD or proponents have methods or plans to improve water quality, Foxy says bring it on. However, to posit, as proponents do, that the park must be built to accomplish this goal is disingenuous. Updated 10/24/13.
This fallen tree is evidence of soil erosion along Little Nancy Creek. The NBCA plans to construct a crushed granite trail in this area which could further erode the creek bank. Photo taken on 8/6/13.
Water, shelter & food . . . life sustaining essentials at Little Nancy Creek. An eyesore to some, but an urban wildlife haven for the critters.
My friends, only you can preserve Little Nancy Creek . . . LET'S PLINK!