Making a Visible Difference in Proctor Creek Watershed By Empowering Community

Making a Visible Difference in Proctor Creek Watershed By Empowering Community


Music rises and fades>>Al Bartel: The
difference the EPA has made in Proctor Creek
with regards to water, it got the community to see that
they can participate in what it takes to
monitor what happens with the creek. This is dirty
water, trashy water. The pollutants that
come from the area is in that water. So four things happen. One: Community got
to see the size of Proctor Creek
is immense. It is a
watershed basin. 38 neighborhood
associations, 11 neighborhood
planting units, and 15 small
business corridors People got to see
that the life that they know is now part
of a larger picture. Number three: The EPA
Urban Waters Movement got a chance to
be initiated here in the southeast region. The neighborhood community
faith in small business leaders now have an
opportunity to have a seat at the table
of public policy.>>Female Speaker: I
think you’ll find that the bylaws –>>Al Bartel: So this
urban water body of Proctor Creek is
now a multi-billion dollar initiative. It impacts businesses,
houses, quality of life. What we’re interested
in is, the people who live here gets
to stay here. This is one of the
most critical elements of the environmental
movement in the southeast region of the nation. An opportunity to make a
difference is here, and it’s here now. And that wouldn’t be
happening if it had not been for the community
engagement three-step plan that got originated
in the team of the EPA.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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