October 2016 Share the Plate Recipient – West Atlanta Watershed Alliance Inspires Northwest’s Social Justice and Earth Ministries
On Sunday, October 2, 2016, Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks, Chair of WAWA’s Board of Directors, reviewed key initiatives of West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA) with a Second Hour audience of 15 Northwest members and friends. She emphasized the importance of community engagement of those living and working in WAWA’s three creek watersheds. WAWA works closely with the Proctor Creek Stewardship Council.
Dr. Jelks noted the success of citizen science. Community members provide water samples for pollution testing. These tests have resulted in action by the city of Atlanta government to repair defective sewers. She noted that a large-scale water sampling event is scheduled for mid November and Northwest is invited to participate.
Another key initiative is identifying the need for and seeking funding for green infrastructure projects to increase surface area rain permeability to reduce the burden on combined sanitary/storm sewers in the watersheds. These projects reduce hydrocarbon runoff pollution and prevent sewer overflow.
Northwest members sought to become involved with WAWA beyond the “Share the Plate” funding. Dr. Jelks noted several projects for follow up with Northwest’s Earth Ministry and Social Justice Ministry. More information about WAWA may be found on their Facebook page.