Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed signed a law authorizing an U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study on cleaning up the lower basin of Proctor Creek.
The tributary flows through northwest Atlanta into the Chattahoochee River. Mayor Reed says the city plans to invest up to $1.5 million toward the three-year study. The funds will be matched by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“I think that not in two years or four years or 10 years, but in 15 or 20 years, folks probably won’t remember it, but what we’re doing in Proctor Creek will be as consequential as what we’re doing on the Atlanta BeltLine," says Reed.
Reed says he expects the feasibility study will complement efforts by groups like the nonprofit Emerald Corridor Foundation.
“I think it plays into it quite nicely. I think what you're going to see is multiple parties get involved in cleaning up that corridor. No partner, quite candidly, is more important that the Army Corps of Engineers," says Reed.
A report from the study must be submitted to congress before any construction would begin.