Meet Foxy,Your Plink Guide And Her Buddy Chief

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           Illustration By Jay Montgomery . . . www.jaymontgomery.com

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 located within the City limits of Atlanta, Georgia.

The path of LNC under the Georgia 400 overpass is a steep river valley formed eons ago by runoff from the Appalachian Mountains.  Evidence of this fact are 250 million year old shale formations which are visible along Mountain Way.  As a passive greenspace, MWCP could be used to interpret the interesting geologic creation of this site.  Mother nature’s work should be appreciated.

OVETVIEW:

Livable Buckhead (LB) and the PATH Foundation are constructing the Georgia 400 Trail, a 12 foot wide impervious concrete path, that would traverse Little Nancy Creek (LNC), a riparian wildlife haven.  A better option would be to redirect the concrete trail up Wieuca Road to Chasten Park.

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

Moreover, all of the amenities planned at MWCP are already replicated within an easy distance at Little Nancy Creek Park on Peachtree Dunwoody.  Thus, a better option would be to downsize the park to a passive greenspace for “neighborhood” use.  

ENVIRONMENAL DAMAGE:  SEE PHOTOS ON PAGE 2.

The NBCA has developed a Master Plan for the future development of our neighborhood, which includes two specific environmental goals . . . 

     Preserve and enhance the tree canopy.

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

Yet, the Georgia DOT, LB 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 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 and express your concerns:

      Atlanta Mayor kreed@atlantaga.gov                                                             

      Councilman hshook@atlantaga.gov 

      Parks Commissioner aphuong@atlantaga.gov

      State Senator hunter.hill@senate.ga.gov 

       State Representative ebeskin@gmail.com

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

       State DOT Commissioner keith.golden@dot.ga.gov

      PATH Executive Director Ed McBrayer www.PathFoundation.org

       LB Executive Director Starling denise@livablebuckhead.org

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, 61 or 88% 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 “the park plan will fix this.”  This claim is a false narrative.

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 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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