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Dunwoody Nature Center Receives Georgia Power Grant

The money will be used to link rain gardens together to collect stormwater in Dunwoody Park.


The is one of three waterway conservation projects in metro Atlanta that have been awarded grants by Georgia Power through the Five Star Restoration program.

The project will regrade 1.5 acres of the meadow and develop a linked system of rain gardens for stormwater collection in .

The topography of the area currently causes stormwater to run down from the parking lot, neighboring baseball fields and subdivisions into Wildcat Creek, a tributary to the Chattahoochee River, causing erosion and pollution in the 11.5-acre drainage basin.

The project also includes developing a facility to teach elementary through college-level students about the effects and prevention of erosion.

Also involved in the project are the city of Dunwoody; Doosan Infracore; Lowe Engineering; ; Design Seven; Hands on Atlanta; the Rotary Club; the city of Dunwoody Sustainability Commission; Boy Scout Troop 494; the Dunwoody Women's Club; and DeKalb County Master Gardeners.

Five Star Restoration is one of three environmental stewardship programs sponsored by Georgia Power in partnership with NFWF. The programs emphasize results-based collaboration with diverse partners, including environmental groups, public agencies, non-governmental organizations, landowners, schools, businesses and other stakeholders.

Southern Company is the regional lead corporate sponsor for Five Star Restoration in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Association of Counties and the Wildlife Habitat Council.

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