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Corps releases Feasibility Report, Environmental Assessment for Proctor Creek Ecosystem Restoration study.

Proctor Creek Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study

Over the course of several decades, urban development has detrimentally impacted the ecosystem of the Proctor Creek watershed in Atlanta, Ga. The creek is a tributary to the Chattahoochee River which is part of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin, a major resource for water supply in the southeast.

In an effort to restore the health of the aquatic ecosystem in Proctor Creek, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Atlanta signed a cost-sharing agreement in October 2015 to conduct a feasibility study for a proposed ecosystem restoration project.

The study is being conducted using an Integrated Water Resource Management approach to promote the coordinated development and management of the watershed’s resources to maximize economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of the ecosystem.

Specifically, the study is investigating the feasibility of repairing accelerated bank erosion, improving in-channel conditions suitable for a diversity of aquatic organisms, improving riparian conditions supportive of a diverse aquatic and riparian community, restoring flow regimes to the best attainable conditions in an altered urban environment, promoting an interconnected system resilient to foreseen and unforeseen disturbances, reconnecting residents to aquatic and historic landscapes, maintaining or decreasing existing levels of flood risk, and reducing health risks to neighboring communities.

The study is tentatively scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.  If the feasibility study determines that it is feasible to move forward with the ecosystem restoration project, the costs for the project will be shared by the federal government (65%) and the City of Atlanta, the non-federal sponsor (35%).