Saturday, September 24, 2011

WAWA's Darryl Haddock Honored by UCR at Annual Patron Dinner

Darryl Haddock, Environmental Education Director for the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA) was recently awarded the River Partner Award at the 17th Annual Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (UCR) Patron Dinner Program. Darryl was chosen as this year's River Partner Award recipient for his dedication over many years to help restore Northwest Atlanta's Proctor Creek Watershed and for his efforts to recruit and transport inner city youth to the Elachee Nature Center to participate in the UCR Lake Lanier Aquatic Learning Center.  
In partnership with the UCR,  Darryl has co-facilitated numerous Proctor Creek cleanups--- removing over 5 tons of trash from this impaired urban stream. Through Darryl's leadership WAWA has also co-hosted rain barrel construction and distribution workshops in the Proctor and Utoy Creek Watersheds, co-hosted the first-ever Proctor Creek Community Day (2010), and  participated in the Neighbor Watch Creek Monitoring program. As a part of the monitoring efforts Darryl collects weekly water samples from 3 locations along the 9 mile Proctor Creek to test for E.coli bacteria.
Congratulations, Darryl! WAWA is proud of you!

Friday, September 23, 2011

WAWA and Community Partners Tackle Illegal Dumping in Northwest Atlanta's Proctor Creek Watershed

On September 17, 2011, over 130 volunteers from Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines, with technical assistance from the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance and the Fulton County Department of Public Works, assisted with the Annual Rivers Alive Proctor Creek Cleanup in Northwest Atlanta's Grove Park. Grove Park falls on the western edge of the Beltline and sits on top of the main stem of Proctor Creek as well as the Turkey-Foot Tributary that has historically been a site for illegal dumping. The volunteers picked up over 900 lbs of debris and 37 tires from the creek in order to beautify the area and properly dispose of non-point source pollution. The volunteers were enthusiastic about making such a large improvement to the area. Many also look forward to participating in future cleanups as well as advocating for stricter illegal dumping controls in order to prevent these illegal dumps from recurring.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Join WAWA for the 9/11 Days of Service

Join WAWA, Hands on Atlanta, and volunteers from the Weather Channel as we honor the lives lost on September 11, 2001 by rolling up our sleeves in service at the Outdoor Activity Center on Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 9am - noon. Gather in with other community volunteers and friends of the OAC as we mulch trails, remove invasive plants, prep garden beds, and complete other meaningful projects to spruce up the OAC grounds for the fall!
The OAC is located at 1442 Richland Rd. S.W. Atlanta, GA 30310. Please send an e-mail to or call 404-752-5385 to RSVP.