Tuesday, August 19, 2008

EPA Grants Help Clean Up Gwinnett Stream

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners today voted to accept a United States Environmental Protection Agency Section 319 grant to help stabilize and clean up an impacted tributary to the North Fork of Peachtree Creek in south Gwinnett. The amount of the grant is $600,000 and will require local matching funds in the amount of $400,000 for a total project budget of $1 million.

The project is located on County-owned property along a tributary of the North Fork of Peachtree Creek west of Jimmy Carter Boulevard and just south of Interstate 85. This stream currently does not meet the State of Georgia’s water quality standards and is considered one of the more impacted streams in the County.

Gwinnett County is required under various permits to evaluate and take action to improve the water quality in such streams identified as being in non-compliance. The county has spent the last several years identifying and prioritizing these impacted stream segments throughout most watersheds in the county and has now prepared plans for corrective action. This comprehensive watershed-wide planning approach allows for the location of projects strategically where they will provide the greatest benefit to the watershed overall. The major goals of the project on North Fork Peachtree Creek, and of the program overall, are to stabilize eroding streambanks and improve water quality and aquatic habitat.

“Gwinnett County is committed to protecting the environment and improving the quality of water in our local streams through implementation of projects like this one,” said Lynn Smarr, Acting Director of the County’s Department of Water Resources.
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