Greetings from the Intrenchment Creek Community Stewardship Council!
ICCSC is a newly-formed organization working to reverse decades of environmental injustice impacting the residents of our south Atlanta communities. This past week, our organization has been one of several leading an initiative to ensure that the city doesn’t weaken existing legislation aimed at holding developers accountable for the ways their projects can cause flooding and flooding-related displacement in our communities.
We just wanted to extend a big thank you to our community members and legislators who supported our efforts ahead of last week’s City of Atlanta Utilities Committee work session. While Intrenchment Creek communities like Peoplestown bear the brunt of under-regulated development and the poor management of stormwater in this city, this is definitely a citywide issue and your voices were and are greatly appreciated. All in all, we had 33 different community members speak up at public commentary, resulting in nearly an hour of feedback to our city’s leaders.
Note that our work on this is just the first many initiatives we’ll be working to ensure that the city is doing everything in its power to hold developers in check and support our most vulnerable residents. In fact, our next fight on this will be on this particular issue will be on November 10, as the stormwater management legislation goes for a second read to the City Utilities Community. So we’ll be asking for your support again, but if last week is any indication, we’re proud to know that you all have our backs on this.
So thank you all so much once again! It’s amazing to see the city respond to our community’s voices. You can find the video for the work session here (http://ec4.cc/jj8743c2), and the discussion about removed language begins around the 1 hour and 21-minute mark.
And while we haven’t officially launched yet, if you’d like to learn more about the Intrenchment Creek Community Stewardship Council and our fight against attempts like this to weaken the post-construction stormwater ordinance (we’re actually working to strengthen it!), please click here: http://npuv.org/2020/10/07/call-to-action-demand-city-council-stop-flooding-in-our-communities/
Thank you all so much once again!
Jason Dozier and Chris Lemons
Co-Chairs , Intrenchment Creek Community Stewardship Council