Restoring Natural Resources
In 2006, Southern Company and its subsidiaries leveraged community momentum from Renew Our Rivers and provided additional resources to enhance and steward local waterways through the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program.
In 2006, Southern Company and its subsidiaries became the Southern region lead corporate sponsor for the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program and recently have expanded to support communities beyond the southeast.
Restoration efforts include a variety of activities, including debris removal; enhancing stream buffers; providing outdoor classrooms and ecotourism through park, riverfront, wetland and coastal area enhancements; and engaging citizens in on-the-ground restoration.
Depicted above is a sampling event for the endangered watercress darter at Seven Springs in Birmingham, AL. This remarkable partnership - involving a church, a landtrust, two universities, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Alabama Power - has had exceptional results. Together they are protecting and enhancing the darter's habitat while providing nature santcuary, meditation garden, and community educational resource.
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Mill Creak in Alabama
Cleaning up Dog River
Man cleaning up dead tree limbs
River cane workers discuss plans
Kevin McCauley showing map
Beltline green space in Atlanta, GA
Two stewards digging holes for planting trees
Cleaning up the bayou
Man and woman canoeing on a stream
The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program supports community-based wetland, riparian and coastal habitat restoration nationwide and includes the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southern Company and its subsidiaries, and other corporate sponsors.
The hallmark of this nationwide program is strengthening community involvement in natural resource stewardship through education, outreach, and hands-on projects by targeting wetland, riparian and coastal habitat restoration.
Partnerships include at least five participants, i.e., “Five Stars,” from local government, businesses, schools, and youth, environmental and citizen organizations.