The City of Sandy Springs is hosting a public information open house for the Marsh Creek Headwaters Best Management Practice (BMP) project.

The meeting format will include a brief presentation followed by a forum for questions. It takes place Wednesday, June 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sandy Springs City Hall council chambers, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500.

According to the city, the Marsh Creek Headwaters BMP is a regional multi-use stormwater management facility designed to improve downstream conditions of the watershed. The project is part of a larger effort to improve overall watersheds that extend outside the limits of the City Center area.

The project is expected to reduce flooding in the surrounding neighborhoods and improve water quality by treating stormwater runoff before it flows into Marsh Creek, the tributary leading into the Chattahoochee River. The contributing watershed to the project location is 74 percent  impervious surface.

Design of the facility will incorporate hardscape and softscape features creating an attractive greenspace, says a press release from the city. Project amenities will include walking trails and extensive landscaping, as well as educational signage to explain the stormwater treatment process. Water quality monitoring during pre- and post- construction will allow the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to measure its effectiveness with hopes of replicating the successes in future stormwater treatment programs.

This project is partially funded by a Nonpoint Source 319(h) Grant from the EPD.

See also:

Marsh Creek project: Park or polluter?

Resident: City taking my land will ‘wipe out’ Civil War history

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