Community-scale urban water conservation projects make a big splash

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Community-scale urban water conservation projects make a big splash

April 26, 2018

Southern Company highlights projects that make a positive impact on our communities.

Eight southeast environmental stewardship projects were recognized for the achievements in restoring coastal, wetland and river ecosystems.

Southern Company, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized the achievements of eight environmental stewardship projects focused on restoring coastal, wetland and river ecosystems during the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Plaque Recognition Ceremony and Lunch.

“This is the 12th time we have celebrated our partnership between Southern Company, NFWF and EPA to commemorate previously awarded Five Star and Urban Waters projects. We absolutely look forward to this day, because it gives us an opportunity to reflect on the great environmental stewardship work occurring in our communities and is a great example of how we can all work together today to make a real difference for tomorrow.”

Jeff Burleson Vice President, of Environmental and System Planning, Southern Company

Projects funded through the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program address community-level stewardship of natural resources such as water quality issues in priority watersheds. This includes erosion due to unstable streambanks, pollution from stormwater runoff and degraded shorelines caused by development.

Jeff Burleson vice president, of environmental and system planning, Southern Company, congratulates the award recipients for their achievements.

“Each project targets the community’s natural resources, taking us one step closer to a cleaner and safer environment,” said Jay Jensen, director of the Southern Regional Office, NFWF. “Think of it as one step closer to drinkable and swimmable waters for your neighbors and the community at-large.  And clean and safe communities help improve quality of life, which in turn can help with public health and job creation as businesses are attracted to a happy and healthy workforce.”

The April 5 event recognized projects funded in 2016 with commemorative plaques.

The April 5th event recognized projects funded in 2016 with commemorative plaques. The projects include:

  • Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance – Restoring Oyster Reefs in Choctawhatchee Bay through Community Stewardship
  • Birmingham-Southern College – Long-eared Bat and Darter Habitat Restoration at Turkey Creek Nature
  • City of Birmingham – Bertram A. Hudson K-8 School Bioretention System
  • City of Montevallo – Shoal Creek Stream Enhancement
  • Trees Atlanta – Enota Park and Proctor Creek Restoration
  • Grove Park Neighborhood Association – Proctor Creek Rain Garden Partnership
  • Atlanta Audubon Society – Restoring Bird-friendly Habitat in Peachtree Creek Watershed
  • Coastal WildScapes – Cay Creek Wetland Demonstration Landscape

Click here to learn more about this program and these projects.

The importance of water conservation and environmental stewardship:

The importance of water conservation and environmental stewardship:

  • Our involvement with the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program complements Southern Company’s growing portfolio of actions to address water-related challenges both globally – like partnering with EPRI and others to find solutions at Water Research Center located at Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen near Cartersville; and locally – such as partnering with our communities to take on-the-ground action though our nationally-recognized Renew Our Rivers program.