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EPA Employees Mark Earth Day by Cleaning Up Proctor Creek with Local Residents

Release Date: 04/16/2014
Contact Information: Davina Marraccini, 404-562-8293 (direct), 404-562-8400 (main), marraccini.davina@epa.gov

ATLANTA - EPA’s new Regional Administrator for the Southeast, Heather McTeer Toney, will roll up her sleeves alongside other EPA employees and community partners to clean up Proctor Creek in Atlanta, Ga., this Earth Day.

WHAT: Proctor Creek Cleanup to mark 44th observance of Earth Day

WHO: Heather McTeer Toney, U.S. EPA Region 4 Administrator;

      Tony Torrence, Community Improvement Association, Inc.;
      Darryl Haddock, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance; and
      Jason Ulseth, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

WHEN: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
12:30 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Grove Park Recreation Center / Francis Street Bridge Location
      750 Francis Place NW
      Atlanta, Ga. 30318

The Proctor Creek watershed, part of the larger Chattahoochee River watershed, is 16 square miles with a population of 127,418 people living in over 25 different neighborhoods. Decades of neglect have resulted in numerous environmental challenges—from tire dumping and brownfields to impaired water quality and pervasive flooding. Many of these environmental problems pose additional health risks to people residing in the surrounding communities.

EPA along with other federal, state and local partners have joined together to help clean up a portion of Proctor Creek. Through the Proctor Creek partnership, agencies are working to recreate a sustainable creekside community in the city—transforming overlooked assets and driving urban revival.

More information about Earth Month volunteer opportunities and events are available online at:
www.epa.gov/earthday