By: The Staff reporters at Sandy Springs, for Georgia Weekly Post
This is the work of many experts. Another first in Sandy Springs. One more green park and not a gray parking lot. Detailed designs, engineering reports and funds are at the ready. For years, Sandy Springs has become a sucess story. It is known for better parks, better roads and side walks, better adminstration, leadership and creative planning. This is a new idea in the making for years. A combo of a new park and water treatment plant are on the drawing board.
Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Johns Creek, take notice.
March Creek Water Treatment Park is an addition to a long list of firsts.
Sandy Speings is way ahead among those beautful rich five communities.
In the next couple of years, SandySprings will have its very own state of the art water treatment plant.
"This is a win-win, like knocking a bunch of birds with one single stone," said a lead engineer with Sandy Springs. "He knows only a city with deep pockets can venture into such idea." "Dunwoody next door doesnt have the funds and the voters do not want to borrow to spend the money," said a former top official of the city of Dunwoody.
"It won’t be your typical," he added, while showing his plans to the Georgia Weekly Post.
This planned facility with large pipes, pumps and three-story water storage tank is out of the ordinary.
This one will filter contaminated stormwater, runoff with natural plant life and a water fountain.
The Marsh Creek Headwaters, located downstream from the City Center development, will help 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.
Marsh Creek is listed by the Environmental Protection Department as an impaired water body for not meeting the state’s water quality standards primarily due to urban stormwater runoff .
Working with the Georgia Environmental Protection Department (EPD), Sandy Springs' project should not only improve water quality for Marsh Creek, but could also become a model for regional detention facilities.
"We are bringing water treatment into public view; not only in terms of doing what is needed to preserve our tributaries and the Chattahoochee River, but doing it in such an innovative way that we create a natural park-like landscape people would want to visit,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.
The regional detention preserve, stormwater, dirt, grease, debris and pollutants that wash away during rainstorms, are filtered through a natural water treatment process.
▲Morgan Falls Overlook Park-Sandy Springs
Stormwater runoff will flow through a bio-retention area that cleans and treats the water with aquatic native vegetation and specially designed soils. The water is then channeled into a wet pond that removes pollutants and sedimentation.
A fountain in the wet pond will circulate and oxygenate the water, which increases the number of organisms
that consume and break down contaminants.
In addition to the cleaning process, the project will also reduce flooding and stream bank erosion.
An added feature is esthetics. This is an additional park in Sandy Springs. Project amenities will include greenspace, walking trails, and extensive landscaping, as well as educational signage to explain the stormwater treatment process.
The City of Sandy Springs and the EPD, through the Nonpoint Source 319h Grant program, fund this project jointly.
Water quality monitoring for this project pre- and post- construction will allow EPD to measure its effectiveness with hopes of replicating the successes in future detention programs.
Sandy Springs' FARMERS MARKET IS NOW OPEN
Having a NEW NAME AND NEW LOCATION for 2014
The Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market is now open for the 2014 season at it's new location at the lower level of the Parkside Shopping Center on SandySprings Circle, across from Lake Forest Elementary School.
The new name, to include “Heritage,” reflects Heritage Sandy Springs’ new role as present in orginizations. Ms. Carol Thompson, executive director of Heritage Sandy Springs said, “We are proud to continue the success of the Sandy Springs Farmers Market."
Sandy Springs was originally founded as a farming community, so in many ways this wonderful weekly community event will celebrate the roots of our community’s history. ”This location is easily accessed by MARTA bus lines and offers a centralized location not far from the market’s original site, the parking lot of the recently demolished former Target store."
The Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market will run every Saturday, April–November, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Each Saturday market features live music and nearly 50 vendors offering an abundance of fresh local produce, along with pasture-raised meat and pork products,f arm fresh eggs and dairy products, and a wide variety of prepared foods.