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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, an urban wildlife habitat located within the City limits of Atlanta, Georgia.

The terrestrial, avian and aquatic creatures who live in or near Little Nancy Creek are part of an ecosystem that provides three 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 life sustaining essentials are threatened by the proposed Mountain Way Common Park & PATH 400 Concrete Urban Trail that would intersect under the Georgia 400 overpass on Mountain Way, a quiet residential street.

The PATH 400 Urban Trail, a 12 foot wide concrete multi-use path, 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.

Elements of the 11 acre regional park would intrude upon the 75 foot “buffer zone” protected by the Georgia Erosion & Sedimentation Act.

These infrastructure projects would dramatically alter the landscape and threaten the watershed.  Moreover, because the park & concrete trail are intended for "regional" use, rather than "neighborhood" use, thousands of visitors would be attracted to our riparian urban habitat.

The North Buckhead Civic Association (NBCA) would be responsible for the park.  Livable Buckead (LB) and the PATH Foundation would be responsible for the concrete urban trail.  LB and PATH are funded by the business community and government grants.

We DO NOT OPPOSE the entire concrete urban trail, only that portion that would traverse the creek. An excellent alternative route would be up Wieuca Road, to a pedestrian bridge above Roswell Road, then on to Chastain Park.

As well, we DO NOT OPPOSE parks . . . Little Nancy Creek Park, located within walking distance of the proposed new park, is a great neighborhood greenspace that replicates the amenities proposed for the new park.

If you share our concerns please email . . . 

     Atlanta Mayor kreed@atlantaga.gov                                                                 

     Councilman hshook@atlantaga.gov 

     Parks Commissioner gadusenbury@atlantaga.gov 

     State Representative edward.lindsey@house.ga.gov 

     State Senator hunter.hill@senate.ga.gov 

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

     Path Executive Director Ed McBrayer www.PathFoundation.org

E-COLI . . . IS IT A THREAT?

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has established an e-coli standard for urban waterways.  While 6 samples have exceeded the 1,000 threshold, 36 or 86% 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 the creek is “very sick” and “imperiled” with e-coli and that “the park plan will fix this.”  This claim does not comport with the data.

PHOTOS:

This fallen tree is evidence of soil erosion along Little Nancy Creek.  The NBCA plans to construct a crushed granite trail near this area which could 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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