Southeast Atlanta Green Infrastructure Initiative



In July 2012, residents in Atlanta’s Peoplestown neighborhood experienced several days of rainfall which flooded several homes along Atlanta, Connally and Ormond avenues.  The Department of Watershed Management (DWM) responded immediately to perform on-site inspections and a review of the collection and conveyance system. 
Under the Southeast Atlanta Green Infrastructure Initiative, DWM developed a holistic approach to flood mitigation and identified short-term and long-term projects to address flooding concerns within the Custer Avenue Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) basin.

Project Highlights

· Following the July 2012 storm event, DWM completed eight short-term projects to provide immediate relief to residents including construction of bioswales along Crumley Street and in Rosa Burney Park and rain garden installation near Dunbar Elementary School and on Ira and Sydney streets.
· In February 2014, DWM completed construction of a five-million gallon storage vault underneath the media parking lot at Turner Field as part of the City’s long-term goal to alleviate area flooding.
· The Department is currently installing approximately six miles of permeable pavers in Peoplestown, Mechanicsville and Summerhill communities. Permeable pavers are designed to intercept, detain and eventually release stormwater that falls on roadways and adjacent sidewalks.



The Weather Channel  – November  22, 2015
Atlanta neighbors try to avoid eviction, demolition of home – October 13, 2015

Atlanta Is Home To Largest Permeable Pavers Project In US - November 1, 2015

Deadline arrives for Peoplestown homeowners to accept city's offer – September 16, 2015

City's plan to prevent Peoplestown flooding could mean moving 93-year-old longtime resident – September 14, 2015

Fight over Peoplestown flood protection – August 31, 2015
Atlanta watershed officials say flooding in Peoplestown is thing of the past – June 19, 2015

"Big solution" to Peoplestown flooding includes new park – July 29, 2014

$19.5 million project beginning near Turner Field – November 18, 2013

Flooding fixes in the works for three Atlanta neighborhoods – November 15, 2012

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed visits Peoplestown to discuss flood prevention – October 2, 2012

What’s Next for Peoplestown? – October 2, 2012

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