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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 kits which I raised near Little Nancy Creek (LNC), an urban riparian wildlife habitat and tributary of our life sustaining Chattahoochee River, located within the City limits of Atlanta.  My home is threatened. 

Livable Buckhead (LB) and the PATH Foundation are constructing the Georgia 400 Trail, a 12 foot wide impervious concrete path, that would traverse LNC. Because of the steep topography of the site, this concrete trail would require further tree removal and a series of “switchbacks” down one steep incline to a bridge across LNC and up the other steep incline.

Switchbacks would be required because the LNC watershed is a steep river valley formed eons ago by runoff from the Appalachian Mountains.  Evidence of this fact are the 250 million year old shale formations which are visible along Mountain Way, a quiet residential street.  A better option would redirect the concrete trail up Wieuca Road to Chastain Park.

A key stop along the concrete trail is Mountain Way Common Park (MWCP), an 11 acre “regional” venue, sponsored by the North Buckhead Civic Association (NBCA).  A regional attraction would create traffic, public safety and noise issues . . . an amphitheater and live pubic events are planned.  

Moreover, most of the amenities planned at MWCP are already replicated within an easy walking distance at Little Nancy Creek Park on Peachtree Dunwoody Road and at Chastain Park, a bit further away.  Thus, a better option would be to downsize MWCP to a passive greenspace for “neighborhood” use.

As a passive greenspace, MWCP could be used to interpret the interesting geologic events that created the LNC valley.  Mother nature’s work should be appreciated. 

ENVIRONMENAL DAMAGE . . . SEE PHOTOS ON PAGE 2.

The NBCA neighborhood Master Plan includes two environmental goals . . . 

     Preserve and enhance the tree canopy.

     Preserve and enhance the Nancy Creek flood zone and all stream buffers.

Regrettably, the Georgia DOT, LB, PATH and well intentioned, but uninformed NBCA volunteers, are ignoring these goals as the MWCP site is prepared for development.  Specific environmental threats include . . . 

    14 tons of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, in the air due to tree removal.

     Soil erosion into LNC.

     Reduced levels of life sustaining dissolved oxygen in LNC.

     Reduced levels of life sustaining nutrients in LNC.

     Chemical runoff from the concrete trail.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Atlanta Watershed Department are responsible for the stewardship of the LNC watershed and enforcement of environmental safeguards.  However, disturbance in the LNC corridor, which began in 2012, continues unabated.

Should you share our concern, please direct others to this website.  Plink is an acronym for “Preserve Little Nancy Creek.”

As well, contact these individuals to express your opinion:

      NBCA President gcertain@comcast.net 

      LB Executive Director Starling denise@livablebuckhead.org

       PATH Executive Director Ed McBrayer www.PathFoundation.org

      Atlanta Mayor kreed@atlantaga.gov                                                             

      Atlanta Councilman hshook@atlantaga.gov 

      Atlanta Parks Commissioner  aphoung@atlantaga.gov

      Atlanta Watershed Commissioner jmacrina@atlantaga.gov 

      Georgia State Senator hunter.hill@senate.ga.gov 

       Georgia State Representative ebeskin@gmail.com

      Georgia State DNR Commissioner mark.williams@dnr.ga.gov

       Georgia State DOT Commissioner russell.mcmurry@dot.ga.gov     

E-COLI . . . IS IT A THREAT?

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has established an E-coli standard for urban waterways.  While 8 samples have exceeded the 1,000 MPN/ml threshold, 66 or 89% 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.

A key park proponent has claimed LNC is “very sick” and “imperiled” with     E-coli and that “MWCP will fix this.”  This claim is a false narrative.

Michael Meyer, CRK Watershed Protection Specialist, Checks Samples.

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PHOTOS:

This fallen tree is evidence of soil erosion along LNC.  The NBCA plans to construct a crushed granite trail near this area which would further erode the creek bank.  Photo taken on 8/6/13.

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Water, shelter & food . . . life sustaining essentials at Little Nancy Creek.  An eyesore to some, but an urban riparian wildlife haven for the critters.

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    My friends, only you can preserve Little Nancy Creek . . . LET'S PLINK!

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