New Floating Classroom Arrives at West Point Lake
West Point Lake has a new resident and she is a beauty. At 42 feet long and 10 feet wide, CRK’s new floating classroom catamaran Ms Sally, named after CRK founder Sally Bethea, is ready to take Middle Chattahochee’s students out on the lake. After the success Lake Lanier’s Floating Classroom, Chota Princess- with more than 40,000 students brought aboard- CRK has high hopes for the future of this newest addition to the fleet. Through the onboard laboratory and hands on activities, students will be able to test oxygen levels in the water, water acidity, and turbidity. Students will also discover the ecosystem in the water and the wildlife surrounding that depends on the lake for survival and vitality.
Proctor Creek Fish Kill Prompts Investigation
Recent Neighborhood Water Watch testing revealed very high bacteria levels on Proctor Creek, prompting CRK’s tracking team to take to the water where they discovered 70+ dead fish and other indications of poor water quality. Our trackers traced the problem back to the North Avenue Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) facility where we called on the City of Atlanta to investigate further.
Further exploration revealed that a pump in the west area storage tunnel, a backup during storms, was malfunctioning. The pump was quickly sent off for repairs and has already been reinstalled, returning the tunnel to fully functioning status.
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GA EPD Attempts to Eradicate Flow Requirement
The GA Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is proposing to remove the minimum flow requirement of 750 cubic feet per second (cfs) in the Chattahoochee at Peachtree Creek in Atlanta. This flow requirement, which has been in place for nearly 40 years, is essential to protecting the health of the river as it receives discharges from more than a dozen sewage treatment plants in Fulton, Cobb, Douglas, and Gwinnett counties.
Prior to removing this protection, a comprehensive, scientific study and water quality-monitoring program is needed to ensure that water quality and recreation will not be harmed by lower flows in the river. For more information about EPD’s proposed rule change click here.