The Atlanta Watershed Department is owed millions by delinquent commercial customers and is making a push to recoup what it is owed, according to a report from our media affiliate CBS46. The city will go after its $275 biggest offenders who owe the watershed department more than $6 million.  Mohamed Balla, Watershed Interim Deputy Commissioner for Financial Administration, said approximately 1,000 commercial accounts are delinquent. He said the city would target customers who owe more than $50,000 and/or customers who haven’t paid their bills in more than a year.

Atlanta has issued a demolition permit for an historic building in the Martin Luther King Jr. Landmark district without going through the proper channels, according to Kyle Kessler at Atlanta Preservation Professionals. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that the building is at 20 Hilliard St. SE, and it is owned by the Atlanta Housing Authority. Apparently it received a demolition permit without presenting its case to the Atlanta Urban Design Commission for why it needed to be torn down.

The Georgia Aquarium has not given up on its effort to import additional beluga whales into the United States, according to the AJC. Aquarium officials will be at a hearing today in U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia to continue pleading its case. The aquarium wants to acquire 18 belugas captured in the Sakhalin-Amur region of the Sea of Okhotsk, off the east coast of Russia. The application for a permit to import the whales triggered enormous opposition from animal rights activists. Wild-caught belugas haven’t been imported into the U.S. in more than 20 years.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.