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Boat ramp construction underway at Morgan Falls Dam

Boat ramp construction underway at Morgan Falls Dam

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Boaters and anglers who frequent the Morgan Falls Dam portion of the Chattahoochee River near Sandy Springs should be aware of construction that began on Monday, May 9.

Crews are working to replace the existing boat ramp near the dam. The new ramp should be completed in early June.

The area, including the fishing pier that was built in March, will remain open during construction.

Lighter boats, such as kayaks and canoes, may still be launched from the shore. The concrete boat ramp at the National Park Service Johnson Ferry Unit is available for heavier boats; this will still allow for access to the same parts of the river.

Replacement of the current Morgan Falls Dam ramp is necessary because of deterioration.

For more information on fishing in Georgia, visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division website.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Celebrate World Water Day

Celebrate World Water Day

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- During the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the U.N. General Assembly designated Mar. 22 as World Water Day.

Now, nearly 20 years later, the City of Sandy Springs is gearing up to celebrate this important day.

Sandy Springs officials would like to remind residents of the water restrictions implemented throughout the state.

On Jan. 1 of this year, the Water Stewardship Act went into effect.

Sandy Springs Celebrates Arbor Day

Sandy Springs Celebrates Arbor Day

SANDY SPRINGS, GA -- The City of Sandy Springs will celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, Feb. 18 at 11:30 a.m. with a special tree planting at the corner of Sandy Springs Circle and Cliftwood Drive.

"We will be planting eight White Oaks, which are shade trees and will increase the tree canopy in the city," said Sandy Springs assistant director of building and development Michael Barnett. "Shade trees provide a great environment for growing other plants or just relaxing.

Get a Jump on Spring Landscaping! Free Educational Program

Get a Jump on Spring Landscaping! Free Educational Program

Spring is just around the corner! Get a jump-start on your outdoor living plans Saturday, March 12, from 11 a.m.-noon. Eric King, ASLA, owner of King Landscaping, and Rick Goldstein, a registered architect and co-owner of MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers], will share decades of experience creating inviting outdoor living spaces.

"Easy Hardscaping" is a free crash course that will showcase the best (and worst) ideas in building patios, walks and walls for your home landscape. It will be held at the MOSAIC office, located at 2358 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 300.

Feel free to invite a friend. To R.S.V.P., send an e-mail with your name and the number of attendees to sylvia@mosaicgroupatlanta.com or call 770.670.6022. Space is limited.

 

Metro Atlanta Communities Recognized for Sustainability Programs

Metro Atlanta Communities Recognized for Sustainability Programs

ATLANTA -- Several cities and counties in the Metro Atlanta area are among the latest jurisdictions to earn Green Communities certification for leadership in reducing their environmental impact.

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) presented certifications to local officials at the Wednesday, Dec. 1 board meeting.

The city of Alpharetta became one of the first communities in the region to attain Gold certification for its sustainability initiatives. Cherokee County, Fulton County and the cities of Dunwoody and Woodstock all received bronze certification.

Green Communities certification is earned by implementing policies and practices in 10 categories, ranging in energy efficiency and green building to transportation and water efficiency.

Notice of Chattahoochee River Area Public Scoping Period

Notice of Chattahoochee River Area Public Scoping Period

SANDY SPRINGS, GA -- The National Park Service (NPS) will be initiating an Environmental Assessment (EA) to consider alternatives and environmental impacts related to a proposed trail project that includes sections within the boundary of Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

The trail project is sponsored by the City of Roswell as part of the Roswell Riverside multi-use trail and would serve as a link within the overall trail plan for the area.

The purpose of the trail would be to extend the existing riverside trail system along Willeo Road between Azalea Road and Willeo Park.

Prior to initiating the EA, the NPS is seeking comments and input from the public during a 30-day project scoping period.

Under this project, Roswell is proposing to extend the existing riverside trail system that curren