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MONDAY: EPA Acting Water Chief to Highlight Successful Water Projects in Henry County and West Atlanta

Release Date: 01/20/2012
Contact Information: Davina Marraccini, (404) 562-8293, marraccini.davina@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – Jan. 20, 2012) – On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, Nancy Stoner, will be in Atlanta to highlight successful water-related projects in Henry County and West Atlanta. The projects are helping protect people’s health and the environment, and also support local job growth.

Construction of the award-winning Tussahaw Water Treatment Plant, completed in 2008, was financed with loans made available through the EPA’s State Revolving Fund Program. The West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA) received funding from the EPA’s Targeted Watershed Program, through a $30,000 subaward made by the River Network, to engage low-income residents in water conservation initiatives that lower their utility bills, as well as work to conduct water quality monitoring, stream bank stabilization and creek clean-up/watershed restoration in some of the poorest and most polluted Atlanta neighborhoods.

WHO: Nancy Stoner, EPA Assistant Administrator for Water;
Stan Meiburg, EPA Region 4 Deputy Regional Administrator;
Doug Mundrick, EPA Region 4 Deputy Director of the Water Protection Division;
Greg Mason, Georgia Environmental Financing Authority (GEFA) Chief Operating Officer;
Jason Bodwell, GEFA State Revolving Fund Program Manager;
Roderick Burch, Henry County Water and Sewerage Authority’s Chief Financial Officer;
Na'Taki Osborne Jelks, WAWA Board Chair; and

      Darryl Haddock, WAWA Environmental Education Director

WHAT: Tours of Henry County’s Tussahaw Water Treatment Facility and the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance’s Outdoor Activity Center

WHEN: Monday, Jan. 23, 2012
          The Tussahaw Water Treatment Facility tour will take place at 1:00 p.m. EST; the Outdoor Activity Center tour will take place at 3:30 p.m.

          Media are welcome to participate in the tours, and a press availability will follow each one.

WHERE: Tussahaw Water Treatment Facility
      199 Preservation Drive
      Jackson, Ga.

          Outdoor Activity Center
          1442 Richland Rd. SW
          Atlanta, Ga.
HOW: Members of the news media should RSVP to Davina Marraccini at 404-562-8293 or marraccini.davina@epa.gov.