Happenings/Events This pipe across Peachtree Creek at Memorial Park usually is eight feet or more above the water. During heavy rain flooding, it is sometimes covered with water.

Published on February 18th, 2016 |

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Conservancy, Trees Atlanta ask help to restore Peachtree Creek banks

The last major flooding of Peachtree Creek in the area of Atlanta Memorial Park—on Christmas Eve—had a major impact on the banks along Peachtree Creek, washing away vegetation in many areas and leaving the banks exposed to erosion.

Photo shows some of the erosion along the Peachtree Creek banks in the area of Atlanta Memorial Park following the Christmas Eve creek flooding.

Photo shows some of the erosion along the Peachtree Creek banks in the area of Atlanta Memorial Park following the Christmas Eve creek flooding.

In other areas, sand was deposited along the banks, covering up the existing vegetation, according to Catherine Spillman, executive director of the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy.

After consulting with Trees Atlanta, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and others, the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy was advised that action must be taken now to install live plants to help shore up Peachtree Creek’s eroding banks.

Plants appropriate for the eroded banks of Peachtree Creek need to be planted before spring so that they can have a chance to take rood and stabilize the banks.

So, Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy and Trees Atlanta have scheduled an Erosion Control Volunteer Day for Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon, to deal with the problem. Volunteers are asked to sign up and then report to the open field area off of Howell Mill Road on Feb. 27.

“Your help on this day is needed to install live plants to help shore up Peachtree Creek’s eroding banks,” said Spillman. “Please sign up today to help!”

To sign up or for more information, click here.

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    One Response to Conservancy, Trees Atlanta ask help to restore Peachtree Creek banks

    1. Gail Driebe says:

      Bogus “Conservation Theatre” from Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy! A year and a half ago, with great fanfare, they duped dozens of helpful volunteers to illegally remove vegetation from this very spot to “prettify” it, adding seating under the noisy Howell Mill Bridge, next to a stinking leaky sewer pipe. The following spring, unhappily for them, most of the vines grew back. They then asked the Parks & Rec Dept. to use mowing equipment in steep creek bank. P&R declined. Currently threatened by loss of status, AMPC has sounded a false alarm about this stream bank.

      The plants weren’t washed away or dead any more than they had been after their unlawful pruning rampage in October 2014 which left the area looking horribly denuded. They’ve simply been dormant as usual during the winter, and are already starting to come out. Sand is always deposited by floods as Director Spillman would know if she were actually familiar with Peachtree Creek and the Park that she so earnestly wants to improve.

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